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Amazing or Atrocious? Steven Klein Photographs Anok Yai for Vogue Italia’s May 2019 Cover

We’re huge champions of diversity and it’s always worth celebrating when a model of color graces the cover of Vogue. Vogue Italia’s been pretty hit or miss as of late, but it’s back in our good graces because the mag picked Anok Yai as its May 2019 cover girl. Adut Akech became the first black model to grace the Italian fashion bible in over 18 months back in April 2018 and it’s now Anok’s turn, wearing Dolce & Gabbana (courtesy of Patti Wilson) while posing alongside a Great Dane in the Steven Klein-shot cover photo.

Vogue Italia May 2019 : Anok Yai by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

The cover divided our forum members. “Speechless…and not because it’s good…it’s just baaaaad,” stated a disapproving KissMiss.

“Atrocious!! Why is it that every time Klein shoots a cover for Vogue Italia it ends up a mess?” asked a dumbfounded Benn98.

“Poor Anok, she deserves a much better cover! I’m happy for her achievement, but I hope she gets another better cover soon. I hate the styling and Steven Klein…no words for him,” libra chimed in.

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“Anok is stunning in person, but very dull in print. That facial expression is very vacant. This would’ve worked with a model with better skills. Great for her finally landing a huge cover, though,” wrote Style Savvy.

Although not everyone was disappointed. “I must be the only person that loves this, it’s typical Klein and that’s something I’ll never complain about. I love Anok and the exaggerated styling,” confessed Blayne266.

“This cover is brilliant. I think a lot of people on this forum just hate Klein and anything he does, which is bananas. He almost always nails it with his Vogue Italia covers,” defended mepps.

See more from Anok’s cover story and share your thoughts here.

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Christy Turlington Burns Looks Simply Beautiful on Vogue Mexico’s May 2019 Covers

We are ALL for seeing a resurgence of 90s supermodels, whether it’s Shalom Harlow making a comeback on the covers of Vogue Italia and Vogue Japan or Stephanie Seymour making a triumphant return to the Versace runway. Vogue Mexico is the latest to embrace the trend by giving Christy Turlington Burns three May 2019 covers. Photographed by Alique with Celia Azoulay on styling duties, Christy looks gorgeous in the cover shots.

Vogue Mexico May 2019 : Christy Turlington by Alique

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

The sight of Christy pleased our forum members to no end. “Can’t go wrong with Christy in my opinion, she’s simply effortless in front of the camera,” raved apple.

“You just can’t fail with Christy, such a good model. And the fact they let her look her age, bravo! Beautiful covers,” Miss Dalloway applauded.

“The covers are quite simple but beautiful… and all the lines on her face enhance her beauty even more,” echoed KissMiss.

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Also loving the lack of post-production was jeremydante: “I love how she’s wearing her age. Gorgeous.”

“Finally, a set of covers where a beautiful woman shows as many wrinkles as a handsome man is allowed to have on the front of any magazine,” stated tigerrouge.

FashionMuseDior felt the same way. “There is a certain sense of sexiness and toughness that comes from age, not only with men but also with women and it should be shown and celebrated. I’m glad that Vogue Mexico did this.”

“No complaints over here, absolutely love everything about this from Christy scoring the cover to Alique as photographer. All three covers are beautiful, effortless and raw in their brilliance. The muted green Vogue masthead works brilliantly, too. A resounding thumbs up from me!” voiced vogue28.

Vogue Mexico May 2019 : Christy Turlington by Alique

IMAGES: MODELS.COM

Show Vogue Mexico and Christy some love here.

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Like It or Not Ariana Grande Is the New Face of Givenchy

There are some things that just go together, like Kate Moss and British Vogue and Zara campaigns shot by Steven Meisel. But sometimes brands can get it oh so wrong when it comes to selecting brand ambassadors (take Christian Dior teaming up with Jennifer Lawrence). Now, completely out of left field, Givenchy makes Ariana Grande the face of its Fall 2019 collection. Selected by Clare Waight Keller, the iconic French fashion house didn’t exactly downplay its latest signing by brazenly posting Craig McDean-shot teasers on social media. Even though the monochromatic images are shot from the back, that ponytail is a dead giveaway.

Our forums went into complete meltdown upon hearing the news. “This pairing makes no sense. Clare’s Givenchy is very mature, formal even… she’s neither. I know Ariana is super famous right now, but the woman I see in Clare’s collection couldn’t be more different than her,” remarked mistress_f.

“I find this a very odd choice for the reasons you mentioned,” replied HeatherAnne. “Especially since Clare had rid Givenchy of the tacky Kardashian associations. Very disappointed in this. A million choices that would have made this chicer and on-brand.”

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“I would expect a stunt like this from Dsquared2, but for Givenchy? This is one more sign that Clare’s in over her head,” GivenchyHomme chimed in.

“Surely this is for a beauty or fragrance ad? I can’t believe Clare would accept Ariana Grande to be the face of her collection,” stated an unimpressed sixtdaily.

In complete agreement was Lola701: “This smells of desperation. Clare’s Givenchy surely doesn’t sell that well. It’s so funny, I can’t!”

“No thanks, this has just turned me off even more from the brand,” scoffed Nomar.

RedSmokeRise wasn’t here for it, either, commenting, “Rosamund Pike was robbed of this opportunity! Thank you, next!”

Do you think Ariana’s a good match for Givenchy? Join the debate and await more from the campaign here.

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Not Even Zendaya Can Save Vogue’s Disappointing June 2019 Cover

More often than not, our forums can predict who might turn up on the covers of our favorite fashion glossies (because Anna Wintour isn’t exactly unpredictable). Zendaya is making a comeback on the cover of Vogue and, not to brag, we called this one back in December. Almost two years after her debut, Zendaya was photographed by Tyler Mitchell and styled by Camilla Nickerson for the June 2019 issue. Giving us major The Great Gatsby vibes, the 22-year-old glistens in Ralph Lauren, working a no-makeup makeup look and a finger-wave hairstyle in the cover shot.

US Vogue June 2019 : Zendaya by Tyler Mitchell

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

But the cover wasn’t exactly a hit. “Very jumbled! The makeup looks fresh and almost natural, but the hairdo and dress are glam? Doesn’t go together. And then you have the odd backdrop, but with a red masthead? Doesn’t work for me, I’m afraid,” voiced Benn98 the moment the cover dropped.

“The image itself is nice, but the art direction leaves much to be desired. The red masthead and the black and white text is confusing me,” said MON.

“I don’t get Anna’s fascination with red mastheads. Always ruins nice cover images,” amby pointed out.

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Marc10 was also not exactly impressed: “Hate this. Hair and makeup are awful, the outfit is unflattering, bad lighting and background… all wrong.”

“It doesn’t work. The hair and the dress and good god the awful headlines,” echoed SLFC.

Bertrando3 felt majorly underwhelmed, too. “I usually always love her pictures, but this photographer is not a Vogue-worthy photographer: the editorial is bad, very weak, it feels unresolved. From the cropping, the styling, the poses, it’s like a behind-the-scenes shoot rather than a finished product. NEXT!”

Ouch. Better luck next month, Vogue. See Zendaya’s accompanying cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Stuns on Two Beautiful June 2019 Covers for British Harper’s Bazaar

If you’re an avid reader of British Harper’s Bazaar, you’re no doubt aware of the fact that the magazine loves a good Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cover every now and then. The British beauty just racked up her sixth cover appearance for June 2019. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and styled by Miranda Almond, Rosie proves to be the ultimate English rose wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture in the subscribers’ cover (below). She also paid homage to Karl Lagerfeld by wearing the finale look from Chanel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection in the newsstand cover (after the jump).

UK Harper's Bazaar June 2019 : Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Members of our forums were overjoyed. “Rosie and British Bazaar, such a power couple!” heralded Srdjan.

“Perhaps her best covers. She looks gorgeous,” admired dfl-001.

“Stunning. Very, very stunning. I don’t care if this format has been done over and over again,” said SLFC.

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“I don’t care how boring it is, she looks absolutely resplendent,” confessed marsnoop2.

Sharing the same level of enthusiasm was apple: “What a stunning shot of a stunning woman.”

Ivstratus couldn’t agree more: “What a beautiful cover and stunning woman.”

“Tried and tested but nevertheless, beautiful,” honeycombchild admitted.

“I was wondering when her annual Bazaar cover would come out. They really love her don’t they?” laughed HodanChloe.

UK Harper's Bazaar June 2019 : Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Alexi Lubomirski

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Check out Rosie’s cover feature in full and share your thoughts here.

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Charlize Theron Brings Marie Claire’s June 2019 Cover to Life

We have been hooked on Marie Claire for some time now partly due to the fact the title has been delivering exactly what we want from a fashion magazine. Just last month, Marie Claire brilliantly gave the cover to Sandra Oh, Thandie Newton and Elisabeth Moss while previous covers saw the likes of Penélope Cruz and Kerry Washington. The publication’s keeping its stellar track record going by enlisting Charlize Theron for June 2019. Shot by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joseph Errico, the ever-gorgeous actress shows off her new brunette ‘do wearing a look from Christian Dior’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection (because what other brand would she wear?).

US Marie Claire June 2019 : Charlize Theron by Thomas Whiteside

IMAGE: MARIECLAIRE.COM

The cover got a thumbs-up from our forum members. “I love this woman. Only she could elevate this basic cover,” raved mepps.

“She can model better than most of the models out there! Her face is perfect here for a cover,” approved an equally impressed apple.

“Don’t think this would work with anyone else. She brings this cover to life,” RMDV echoed.

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“Stunning! What a gorgeous portrait,” complimented MON.

Sharing the same enthusiasm was vogue28: “Yet another terrific cover from American Marie Claire. The cover image of Charlize is fab, effortlessly simple, straightforward and direct. The art direction doesn’t distract from the image, either, and each element complements one another perfectly. It also feels rather 90s/00s, which I won’t complain about, either.”

“Gorgeous cover, but I just can’t associate dark hair with her, she’s one of Hollywood’s ultimate blondes,” noted Srdjan.

“Would have been stunning if she were blonde,” mentioned jal718.

Does her brunette hair ruin an otherwise stunning cover for you? See more from Charlize’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.