Our forums are notoriously hard on Vogue Turkey (and most of the time it’s for good reason) but the magazine has been making an effort to win us over in 2018. It gave Hailey Baldwin her very first Vogue cover back in March, made forum favorite Sasha Pivovarova a cover girl in April and produced one of its strongest covers to date with Dua Lipa for May. On the flip side, Turkish Vogue’s 100th issue celebrations totally bombed with a dismal Kendall Jenner cover and the title somehow managed to make Cindy Crawford look awkward in July. It’s now Irina Shayk’s turn to star on the magazine’s front cover, bundled up in a look from Balenciaga’s Fall 2018 collection, looking melancholic for photographer Cuneyt Akeroglu.
The cover received mixed feedback from our forum members. “Boring,” described dontbeadrag upon seeing the cover.
“How many times have we seen her like this?” quizzed kokobombon.
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“That head tilt is her favorite pose. And while I admit she looks beautiful, how is it possible that she books so many covers?” marsnoop2 asked.
Benn98 wasn’t exactly impressed with the outcome, either. “Irina Shayk and most of the Instagirls are proof that having a pretty face doesn’t cut it in the fashion industry. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a vaguely interesting cover of hers that wasn’t shot by M&M. Makes me question her skills as a model, if she has any. Nothing works here, not the textures (that cheap looking trench collar), colors or angle,” he critiqued.
Tigerrouge countered, saying, “Well, you can certainly question her modeling skills, but she’s really good at her job. She gets hired repeatedly, with the sort of long-term contracts that could only be bettered by fronting for someone like Estée Lauder!”
SLFC also came to Irina’s defense, writing, “Honestly disagree with some of the people here. I think it’s fine and it works!”
“Irina is breathtakingly beautiful with a ‘bare’ face. And she has really gorgeous eyes. The colors of the cover work great for fall,” added russianelf.
“She has pleasantly surprised me, she came out as a major boobs girl with Sports Illustrated but really dived into HF and continues to balance both out. She’s stunning,” CommanderTMugler added.
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