Is it possible that those cunning people at L'Oreal's marketing department planted the story about Penelope Cruz's eyelashes in a bid to ensure more publicity for their "Telescopic" mascara? Probably not, although reaction to the fact that the advertisement featuring the lovely actress's ebony-framed peepers isn't quite natural is nothing short of extraordinary.
BEAUTY INDUSTRY ENHANCES MODEL'S ALREADY PRETERNATURALLY GOOD LOOKS IN ORDER TO SELL PRODUCT SHOCK!
Surely we all know that this has been going on in fashion, film, music, TV and more, for years. In fact, the challenge might not unreasonably be to find an image that hasn't been manipulated, if not actually by the use of hair and make-up then by computer technology, post-production - the removal of an unsightly pimple here, the lengthening of a leg there. You read it here first. It's not strictly true that Kate Moss never takes a bad picture.
With this in mind, this particular case seems rather quaint, not least because the lashes in question are so obviously not real. One could be forgiven for mistaking them for a particularly silky family of tarantulas in the right light, in fact.
Still, however implausible all of it may seem, this, apparently, is what happened. A particularly perceptive viewer saw the ad and, suspecting Ms Cruz's lashes were not quite the ones she was …