Fashion industry favorite Ashley Graham (who “prefers ‘curvy’ or ‘curve’ to ‘plus-size'”) is a regular fixture down at the newsstand. We’re more than halfway through 2017 and Ashley’s already graced the cover of British Vogue, joined Liu Wen, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Vittoria Ceretti on American Vogue‘s March issue and, more recently, fronted British Harper’s Bazaar and American Glamour. For her latest cover coup, Ashley vamps it up on New York Magazine‘s annual Fall fashion issue, dated August 7. In the kitschy cover image, shot by Italian art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and fashion photog Pierpaolo Ferrari, Ashley seamlessly channels her inner Linda Evangelista. The supermodel wears head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana (the leopard print coat being an archival piece from the Fall 1991 collection). Slay, Ashley, slay!
Still, our forum members weren’t wholly impressed. “I’m still waiting for a knock out cover from Ashley,” wrote A.D.C upon seeing the cover. “She has a gorgeous face but I don’t think magazines know what to do with her,” she added.
“I find her poses very contrived. With this cover here it’s the OTT styling which immediately draws the attention, not her,” observed an underwhelmed Benn98.
Equally taken aback was Handbag Queen. “Whoa…leopard overdose on steroids!!” she shrieked.
Mepps wasn’t a fan of the leopard print overload either. “She’s such a beautiful woman, but that cover makes her look so hard. The animal prints don’t help,” he pointed out.
“The leopard print all over the wall. THE ROSE! Would’ve preferred it on a white backdrop at least. Great face though!” offered RedSmokeRise.
“Seems very 1991 to me, when you’d see supermodels in head-to-toe leopard print from Alaïa,” stated tigerrouge, nonplussed.
“Exactly, and I’m not complaining!” replied an enthusiastic vogue28, continuing: “I’d welcome a cover shot like this on Vogue Italia, even more so now, as opposed to the drab Lara Stone image we got this month.”
Mistress_f liked what she saw too, admitting: “Hey, I like it. It’s kitsch as hell, but that’s Cattelan and Ferrari’s thing, when it comes to photography. It’s different, and I’m sure the editorial will be a lot of fun.”
Stay tuned for more and in the meantime, add your own two cents here.