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Ashley Graham Deserves Better Than Allure’s Terrible July 2019 Cover

Ashley Graham photographs like a dream. Need proof? Just take a look at her covers of British Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, ELLE, Glamour, British Vogue and the David Yurman Fall 2018 campaign. So how did Allure manage to get it oh so wrong when it came to profiling the supermodel? Shot by Vanina Sorrenti and styled by Alex White, Ashley sports a chunky Chanel sweater, blue eyeshadow and the wet hair look on the mag’s questionable July 2019 cover.

Allure July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Vanina Sorrenti

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

Members of our forums weren’t impressed. “Terrible hair and makeup! And I’m not sure whether the stylist is trying to go for late summer or autumn with that heavy jumper,” pointed out an underwhelmed Benn98.

“A total flop and a missed opportunity. Ashley Graham has one of the most photogenic faces in the industry and Allure (a beauty magazine) decides to go for a body shot,” chimed in vogue28.

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Allure: where shots that wouldn’t even make it into a fashion editorial get chosen for the cover of a beauty magazine. Given how inclusive this magazine tries to be, I wonder if some people will see this and get upset about the message of certain body types covering themselves up for summer,” noted tigerrouge.

“Hate the sweater, but love the hair and makeup,” admitted Bertrando3.

In the same frame of mind was kokobombon: “I don’t like the styling, but I think this might be her first cover where her body doesn’t look too Photoshopped…”

Allure July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Vanina Sorrenti

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

Perhaps the preview (above) would’ve made a better cover? Join the conversation here.

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Rihanna Is Almost Unrecognizable on Interview’s Summer 2019 Cover

Whether she’s platinum blonde, sporting a bold makeup look for Harper’s Bazaar, channeling Queen Nefertiti on Vogue Arabia or becoming the first black woman to grace British Vogue‘s September issue, Rihanna is newsstand gold. Now the Fenty creative director is profiled like you’ve never seen her before, posing on a set of covers for Interview‘s Summer 2019 edition both shot by Pierre-Ange Carlotti. Styled by Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna goes incognito for cover one (below) wearing head-to-toe Saint Laurent and plays peekaboo on cover two (after the jump).

Interview Summer 2019 : Rihanna by Pierre-Ange Carlotti

IMAGE: INTERVIEWMAGAZINE.COM

“Idiotic and the inside shots are just as bad, and vulgar! I mean it’s her ‘brand’, but she can be used so much better than this! Also anyone that works with this mag is shameful in my book,” ranted Miss Dalloway.

“The one magazine I actually wish would go bust! It’s preposterous that they’re not only allowed to operate, but that people still willingly shoot for them,” echoed Benn98.

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“Pierre-Ange is such an awful photographer. I believe that to the core of my being, and will never understand his appeal and success. These pics aren’t the worst that he’s capable of, but they aren’t far off, either. Rihanna is Rihanna, so I can appreciate the cover, regardless of the lucha libre styling. Everything else is just cheap,” reasoned mepps.

But not everyone was disappointed. “I love this cover! It is so different and just doesn’t give a s**t about the typical and boring beauty standard,” praised Perickles.

“Gotta respect the fact they put such a strong and recognizable face as Rihanna on the cover, but hid it behind a mask,” noted aracic.

Interview Summer 2019 : Rihanna by Pierre-Ange Carlotti

IMAGE: INTERVIEWMAGAZINE.COM

Check out Rihanna’s cover feature and add your own two cents here.

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Liya Kebede Looks Regal on Porter’s Summer Escape 2019 Covers

Our forum members have championed Porter since its launch back in 2014, loving just about every single cover. With the likes of Sienna Miller, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Anja Rubik, the lovefest isn’t surprising. Porter is once again earning rave reviews for its Summer Escape 2019 edition featuring Liya Kebede. The Ethiopian beauty and forum favorite transports us to Mexico for the occasion, going before the lens of Cass Bird for a pair of luxe covers styled by George Cortina.

Porter #33 Summer Escape 2019 : Liya Kebede by Cass Bird

IMAGE: NET-A-PORTER

The spectacular covers were showered with compliments. “Radiant smile and I like that it’s a classic Porter cover,” admired Benn98.

“She’s glowing! They managed to capture the essence of summer perfectly. Makes me want to ditch the office and head to the beach ASAP,” raved russianelf.

“So happy to see Liya… What a beauty!” declared DK92.

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“Liya is soo beautiful, regal and luxe!” praised darri.

“She looks just like when she was on every cover and runway back in the day, absolutely stunning,” said FashionMuseDior.

“The queen is back… still can’t believe she hasn’t had a British Vogue cover,” pointed out A.D.C.

The subscribers’ cover (below) received the same amount of praise. “That subscribers’ cover is stunning! Now that is how you do a summer cover. It’s sultry, inviting, and has that feel of glamorous escapism. The best July cover yet,” applauded Ken Doll Jenner.

Porter #33 Summer Escape 2019 : Liya Kebede by Cass Bird

IMAGE: NET-A-PORTER

Check out the accompanying cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Tessa Thompson Earns High Marks for Her Ethereal Marie Claire July 2019 Cover

You could say Marie Claire has been one of our forum members’ must-read fashion magazines lately given the fact that the title has delivered a series of utterly stunning covers featuring Charlize Theron, Sandra Oh, Lupita Nyong’o and Penélope Cruz. And the American glossy isn’t showing any signs of letting standards slip, giving us Tessa Thompson for July 2019. The Men in Black: International actress’ last notable newsstand appearance was for ELLE back in 2017. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joseph Errico, Tessa serves up a delightful and sweet cover image decked out in Chanel.

US Marie Claire July 2019 : Tessa Thompson by Thomas Whiteside

IMAGE: MARIECLAIRE.COM

The cover pleased our forum members to no end. “Oooh…how beautiful. Really nice simple cover, she looks fantastic!” approved Miss Dalloway.

“Oh wow, that’s gorgeous and ethereal. Tessa has such a beautiful face,” praised dodencebt.

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“Not sure why, but I really like this! Maybe it’s the rose colors, or that whole fragile femininity vibe which has fallen out of favor everywhere else except at British Harper’s Bazaar. This is just beautiful,” echoed an equally impressed Benn98.

“Third wonderful cover in a row. Kudos to Marie Claire,” applauded jorgepalomo.

“Love this for Marie Claire!” proclaimed Joromana.

“Lush and stunning,” stated Urban Stylin.

Although not every one felt the same way. “I’m not a fan of the cover. Tessa usually photographs a lot stronger than this. The ethereal vibe is too soft for her,” critiqued Ken Doll Jenner.

Are you a fan? Check out more from Tessa’s cover shoot and join the conversation here.

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Nothing Works on Lana Del Rey’s Vogue Italia June 2019 Covers

Vogue Italia simply isn’t the magazine it once was. Long gone are the days when Steven Meisel photographed every cover. Recent covers of the Italian fashion bible featuring Anok Yai, Amber Valletta and Freja Beha Erichsen haven’t appealed to our forum members and the title’s offering for June 2019 also failed to get positive reviews. Marking Giovanni Bianco‘s last issue as creative director, Lana Del Rey makes her Vogue Italia debut on a trio of covers photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Arianne Phillips.

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

Needless to say, our forum members weren’t feeling it. “This is terrible. I genuinely hate everything about this — the pose, the styling, the setting and as for the insipid cover line…why is her expression so listless? It doesn’t match her pose in the slightest,” testified 333101.

“Steven Klein should be banned after this. OMG, it’s so terrible that I can’t even describe,” disapproved luchang732.

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“Terrible cover. I’m no fan of Lana, but surely they could’ve come up with something else,” liv4beauty chimed in.

In total agreement over how lackluster everything looked was RanThe: “Since Franca [Sozzani] passed there has been maybe four covers that were good. But month after month it gets worse. Hiring Steven Klein also hasn’t helped. His covers all look the same, just in different rooms.”

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

“How underwhelming and what a waste of Lana,” voiced Nomar.

MON wasn’t happy, either. “Farneti is a joke. This magazine is a joke. The team is just relying on the former glory of the magazine. Vision: just play safe, we’re Italian Vogue anyway. Really happy that this is the last issue of GB. Can’t believe he was entrusted with this task to begin with. Farneti should go next.”

“I sure do wish Farneti would inject some of that former glory into the current Vogue Italia because this is an absolute embarrassment. Lana Del Rey on the cover of any magazine feels so… 2010,” confessed vogue28.

Vogue Italia June 2019 : Lana Del Rey by Steven Klein

IMAGE: VOGUE.IT

See what else the issue has to offer and join the conversation here.

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Ashley Graham Looks Like She’s Having a Blast on the Beach for British Harper’s Bazaar

Ashley Graham has an impressive track record on our forums because whether she’s covering Harper’s Bazaar Australia, ELLE or New York Magazine, she works the shot like there’s no tomorrow. So we weren’t surprised to see British Harper’s Bazaar welcome back the body positivity activist with open arms almost 12 months after her last appearance. Photographed by Pamela Hanson and styled by Leith Clark, Ashley is all smiles down on the beach in East Hampton for the joyous newsstand cover (below) and subscribers’ edition (after the jump).

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Pamela Hanson

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

But the covers failed to hit the spot for our forum members. “Ashley is great, but everything about this cover is just… too basic,” complained Wintergreen.

“DULLSVILLE, and so not their brand of English fairy tale (which love or hate at least they have an identity unlike most magazines these days),” stated HeatherAnne.

“I cannot help but feel underwhelmed this time around. The cover image, as joyous and refreshing as it is, looks awkward and… odd. I dislike the cropping and composition of it all, and particularly dislike the teal bikini on Ashley,” voiced vogue28.

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Also not jumping for joy was honeycombchild: “These are awful. How on earth did those poses make it to a cover? What a waste of Ashley.”

But there were some who liked the outcome. “Sweet covers for summer. Sometimes just a nice simple cover with a beautiful model is all that’s needed,” pointed out justaguy.

“I really, really love this!” admired June.

“A joyous beachy summer cover? I’m in,” applauded A.D.C.

UK Harper’s Bazaar July 2019 : Ashley Graham by Pamela Hanson

IMAGE: MARK E

See Ashley’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.