Allure doesn’t exactly have the best track record for bringing out the best in its cover subjects. Take, for example, last month’s Janelle Monae offering, where the magazine managed to botch just about everything, from the pose to the styling. Allure does have its triumphs, however, including a roster of diverse cover models this year. This month, to coincide with the release of Mammia Mia! Here We Go Again, actress Lily James takes to the cover of the August 2018 issue for the first time, photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Beth Fenton. In the newsstand cover image (below), the Brit beauty looks soft and natural in a red Antonio Marras dress.
Once again, the magazine managed to disappoint our forum members. “It takes a special kind of craft to make such a beautiful girl look so dreadful! Flashes of Hailey Baldwin, and not in a good way!” complained Benn98 at once.
HeatherAnne wasn’t into it either. “Seriously so weird. Her skin looks bizarre, way too bronzed. She also needs to relax with the pouting,” she pointed out.
“Wow, Allure just keeps getting worse,” said jal718.
“Lily is naturally alluring and it is incredible that they’ve managed to suck all the life out of her on this cover… They didn’t even have to do much to make her look good,” KissMiss echoed.
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Tigerrouge was quick to comment: “I imagine they put a lot of effort into always trying to be so alternative. The only thing that saves this cover is the overload of red, because at least it catches the eye.”
“Nothing flash but in Allure‘s defense, Lily James had never been one to photograph… amazingly (despite her natural beauty and charm). At the very least, as tigerrouge pointed out, the overload of red elevates the cover here. Not to mention all three of Lily’s covers for British Harper’s Bazaar were an absolute snoozefest and lifeless as can be,” ranted vogue28.
Are you making a dash down to the newsstand for Allure‘s latest? See more from Lily’s shoot and sound off here.