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Céline Dion Plays Peekaboo in Valentino on ELLE’s Disappointing June 2019 Cover

Nina Garcia has been killing it with ELLE‘s cover stars of late, calling upon the likes of Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid for recent issues of the magazine and at this rate, whatever the competition can do, Nina can do far better. ELLE‘s latest features living legend Céline Dion for June 2019. Photographed by Tom Munro with Charles Varenne on styling duties, L’Oréal Paris’ new brand ambassador wears a showstopping Valentino creation in the cover shot proving more is always better.

US Elle June 2019 : Celine Dion by Tom Munro

IMAGE: ELLE.COM

For our forum members, however, the cover was a total flop. “Tom Munro is so much better than this and why does she look like Nina Garcia?” asked mepps.

“As pretentious as her sudden fashion enlightenment,” added Srdjan.

“I’m disappointed. She is trying to build a high-fashion image and she let Nina do this to her? This is plain and basic, too American-oriented, there is nothing here, hiding the face doesn’t make you look like a mysterious couture lady,” declared an underwhelmed ghostwriter10549.

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Also left shaking their head was dfl-001: “Who is asking for this?! How many people in the industry were pining for a sudden Céline resurgence? The magazine industry is faltering not from lack of interest or ad revenue moving online. It’s because they got boring as hell.”

“That cover doesn’t do her justice at all… a plain and basic US ELLE cover. If I saw this on newsstands, nothing in that cover would intrigue me to buy it,” proclaimed slayage.

“It’s a striking shot, but it doesn’t work as a cover. One could hardly identify her with all that fabric covering half her face. Major kudos for such an unexpected cover subject, though,” reasoned Ken Doll Jenner.

Did Céline deserve better? Check out the accompanying shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Sasha Pivovarova Gives Us All the Summer Feels on Vogue Greece’s May 2019 Covers

It was only last month that we saw the highly-anticipated relaunch of Vogue Greece and our forums had nothing but praise for its pair of spectacular Bella Hadid covers. The Greek title continues to hit all the right notes with a set of Sasha Pivovarova covers for May 2019. A firm forum favorite, Sasha didn’t have to do much to win us over. Giving us all the summer feels in the two cover images, the first cover (below) pictures the Russian beauty looking beautiful and effortless on the sand dunes before the lens of Alique, while cover two sees Daniela Agnelli’s styling amped up with Sasha’s incredible bone structure doing all the talking.

Vogue Greece May 2019 : Sasha Pivovarova by Alique

IMAGE: VOGUE.GR

Once again, members of our forums were impressed with the mag’s efforts. “That first cover is the most gorgeous I’ve seen Sasha. I’m smitten,” confessed Style Savvy.

“That first shot… Vogue Greece you look so good right now,” stated an equally impressed FashionMuseDior.

“Amazing first cover! So simple and yet, so striking! That’s what people need!” Lola701 declared.

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“Wowwwww I love this! Everything Sasha’s done since her comeback has fallen totally flat with me, but I absolutely love her here. What a perfect summer cover — and great for Alique to get such a big booking!” applauded forum member 333101.

Sharing the same level of enthusiasm was EstefaniaAbaddon: “Vogue Greece is killing it, seriously, they were able to distance themselves from the indie vibe of the new wave of Vogues.”

“Stunning! Fine, fresh, fierce! Take us back to 2005!” proclaimed khyrk.

Aracic agreed, raving, “Oh my god, yes!!! Please keep it up Greece! Sasha looks gorgeous, I’m so happy to see her.”

Vogue Greece May 2019 : Sasha Pivovarova by Alique

IMAGE: VOGUE.GR

Fancy showing the second cover some love? See more from the issue and share your thoughts here.

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Nicole Kidman’s Vanity Fair Cover Gets Mixed Reviews

It’s safe to assume we’re not the biggest advocates of Vanity Fair under Radhika Jones. She kick-started her tenure with Jennifer Lawrence back in 2018 and only managed to capture our attention with the title’s annual Hollywood issue. After an uneventful Beto O’Rourke offering last month, Vanity Fair is back doing what it does best. The mag profiles none other than Nicole Kidman for May 2019 serving us major retro glam. Photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Samira Nasr, the actress sports a slicked-back hairstyle and a statement lip, both perfectly complemented by a Prada dress and diamonds from Chopard and Tiffany & Co.

Vanity Fair May 2019 : Nicole Kidman by Collier Schorr

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

In the eyes of some of our forum members, however, the cover was another setback for Vanity Fair. “It’s something about the hair that ruins it,” said mikel the second the cover dropped.

“Man, it really bugs me how often they ruin Nicole on covers these days, especially since she is so incredibly photogenic!” added Miss Dalloway.

“Looking bloated, did she do something again or is it Photoshop?” asked Nymphaea.

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“Her face looks bloated as hell. Not sure if it’s Photoshop or fillers. Terrible picture of a beautiful woman,” mepps declared.

Also unable to give praise was Benn98: “The Photoshopping is criminal and overall the cover just leaves me cold.”

“I can appreciate them trying something different, but this misses the mark for me,” admitted lelaid.

“Half of her face looks beautiful, half looks oddly Photoshopped and bloated. I do like the color scheme, especially for a May issue it feels a bit different and I think the colors will pop on newsstands,” reasoned KINGofVERSAILLES.

In the same frame of mind was vogue28: “A vast improvement from recent Vanity Fair covers and I am all for seeing Nicole Kidman. I do like how old-school the cover feels, the muted red background teamed with the white fonts and the retro-glam styling…”

See Nicole’s accompanying cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Rihanna Gives Vogue Australia Its Best Cover in Ages

Magazines don’t have to do much to impress our forums. Just give us Rihanna and we’re sold. The global superstar has an extremely impressive track record on some of our favorite fashion glossies, including Allure, British Vogue, American Vogue, British ELLE — the list is endless.

You may find it hard to believe that Vogue Australia’s never had the pleasure, but the 11-time Vogue cover girl is finally making her long-awaited debut on the Aussie fashion bible for May 2019 (better late than never, right?). Photographed by Josh Olins and styled by Christine Centenera, Rihanna gives us a sublime cover image wearing an eclectic mix of Savage x Fenty (obvs) and Raf Simons.

Vogue Australia May 2019 : Rihanna by Josh Olins

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Needless to say, our forum members were immediate fans. “I think this is the first good thing that I’ve seen from Vogue Australia,” declared Perickles.

“Finally on Vogue Australia! And it slays, no shock,” chimed in SpeakThatJDunn.

“Love it! I love the pose, I love the styling, the attitude and most positive of all — this is Vogue Australia’s best cover in a long time,” applauded dodencebt.

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“This is the best cover from Vogue Australia since December. Exquisite and interesting to look at. Rihanna is really on a roll,” echoed slayage.

Miss Dalloway liked what she saw, too, commenting, “Love the cover, so striking. Vogue Australia is a real contender, I like how they take such image famous women and push them a bit without having them lose their essence. Centenera is doing great styling on these jobs, I love it here.”

“I like when Vogue Australia uses vibrant colors like this. Rihanna looks stunning, very cool styling. Their best cover in AGES,” raved HeatherAnne.

Check out some previews of Rihanna’s shoot and join the conversation here.

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You May Not Recognize Anne Hathaway on Tatler’s Retouched June 2019 Cover

You could say we’ve become a little obsessed with Tatler in recent months and it’s all thanks to Richard Dennen who took over the British fashion, lifestyle and society title last year. Dennen has revitalized the magazine by gifting us covers featuring Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova and Sofia Richie and made Joan Collins a cover girl at 85. He’s now adding Anne Hathaway to his roster of cover girls as the actress graces the June 2019 edition. Photographed by Jack Waterlot and styled by Sophie Pera, the Oscar winner took to the rooftop of The Mark Hotel in New York for the cover shot, dripping in diamonds and a sequined Giorgio Armani gown.

Tatler June 2019 : Anne Hathaway by Jack Waterlot

IMAGE: TATLER.CO.UK

Something seemed WAY off to our forum members, however. “What’s going on with her face?” asked caioherrero.

“The tip of her nose looks very different. Maybe it’s just too much Photoshop. It could’ve been good, but it looks lifeless and cold as it is with all the editing,” commented Morgane07.

“Too much Photoshop. Those lips and nose belong to a cat not to a human being,” called out Perickles.

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Tatler‘s retoucher went crazy on the Joan Collins cover and shows no sign of stopping here, either,” tigerrouge pointed out.

In the same frame of mind was RMDV: “Poor Anne, she’s so beautiful and they destroyed her face with that makeup and retouching.”

Also not letting it rest was forum member Bertrando3, voicing, “She’s been Photoshopped to death… I’m sure the image was very nice in the first place. WHY did they do that???”

“Oh my god, what an abomination,” scoffed a disapproving SLFC.

Are you as dumbfounded as we are? Sound off and await more from the issue here.

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Emilia Clarke Appears Uncomfortable in Valentino Haute Couture on Vogue Spain’s May 2019 Cover

Emilia Clarke doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to captivating magazine covers (the proof being Vogue China, British Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour). But we haven’t seen the British actress down at the newsstand for a hot minute (her last notable appearance being for Vanity Fair back in 2018) and we’re wondering if Emilia’s luck is about to change. Joining the Game of Thrones hype, Vogue Spain makes Emilia its cover girl for May 2019 as she poses before the lens of Thomas Whiteside with stylist Simon Robins dressing her in a showstopping Valentino haute couture creation.

Vogue España May 2019 : Emilia Clarke by Thomas Whiteside

IMAGE: VOGUE.ES

The cover was immediately declared a flop. “She looks uncomfortable. Wasted potential,” stated MON the second the cover dropped.

“Her expression is just so blank and I don’t like how her head is cropped. This could have been a stunner, but all I see is yellow wrapping paper,” mepps chimed in.

“The dress is wearing her,” declared Nomar.

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Also majorly underwhelmed was tigerrouge: “In print, she comes across as so ordinary, right down to her fingertips. That doesn’t detract from her acting nor her appeal, but it means there’s nothing ‘there’ when it comes to a fashion shoot.”

KissMiss shared the same sentiments, “This dress requires stronger expression… otherwise it’s all you end up noticing.”

“I love Emilia, I love the concept and composition. But the problem with her is the same that (almost) all of us have with Alicia Vikander: she’s so stunning, but her facial expressions don’t do her justice,” said jorgepalomo.

Slayage, however, couldn’t disagree more. “I really like this one, fresh and clean. That Valentino dress literally screams spring. I don’t think it’s the most memorable cover, but at least it’s suitable for spring.”

“See, a model would have carried this, an actual model, not the Insta ones! But I still don’t hate it. For once she doesn’t look confused, just a little uncertain,” voiced Miss Dalloway.

Another miss for Emilia? See the whole cover shoot and share your thoughts here.