It would be fair to say that Harper’s Bazaar wasn’t our go-to magazine down at the newsstand last year. And we didn’t have high hopes for the American title for 2020. For February, Gwyneth Paltrow returns for her umpteenth Bazaar cover, this time before the lens of photographer Zoey Grossman. While we love a bright and vibrant cover for February — and Gwyneth delivers just that wearing one of Tom Ford’s breast plates in the refreshing newsstand cover (below) and Gucci for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump) — the obvious retouching was quite off-putting.
“I actually like this,” expressed a pleasantly surprised MON.
“By Harper’s Bazaar standards, this one is a masterpiece! Everything looks quite lovely compared to the rest of their covers,” proclaimed aracic.
“Considering it’s a Glenda Bailey-commissioned cover? Magnificent. The retouching is as usual way over the top, but the composition of the image looks fresh,” echoed Benn98.
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Forum member dodencebt felt the same way: “I unapologetically love Gwyneth and this is actually a stunning, albeit overly retouched, shot of her.”
“Gwyneth looks stunning and that metallic Tom Ford bustier contradicts the laid-back styling of her nicely, making the cover look fierce, fabulous and feminine all at the same time,” approved slayage.
Although not everyone liked what they saw. “She looks inhuman at this point, so retouched. You can’t tell her age or if she’s made by computer or is a real person. I also find her extremely beige and super boring, the cover itself is super generic and dull,” declared Bertrando3.
“My god, when will we be rid of Glenda and her awful reign of the same awful cover subjects over and over!” complained Miss Dalloway.
Which cover do you prefer? Share your thoughts here.