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Hailey Bieber Does Disco Diva on Vogue Arabia for December

Vogue Arabia has been (more than) good to us throughout 2018. The magazine served up a sleek and sophisticated Irina Shayk cover in February, followed up with a set of exquisite Iman & Imaan Hammam covers, made a bold political statement mid-year, gave Nicki Minaj her very first Vogue cover for September and made modeling icon Naomi Campbell its cover girl last month. To close out the year, Arabian Vogue introduces Hailey Bieber as a married woman with a set of covers for December. Photographed by Zoey Groosman, the blonde beauty goes disco glam on cover one (below) with 70s-inspired makeup and appears more subtle in the black and white cover two (after the jump).

Vogue Arabia December 2018 : Hailey Bieber by Zoey Grossman

IMAGE: VOGUE.ME

For our forum members, however, the covers proved to be an instant disappointment. “This looks nothing like her which is the most positive thing I can say right now,” commented dodencebt when the cover (above) came to light.

“Wait, is that seriously her? Not in a million years would I have recognized her, WTF,” scoffed Miss Dalloway.

“Better than I was expecting considering that is Justin Bieber’s wife. But nothing great. We have seen this so many times before,” chimed in Perickles.

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Emily Blunt Is Practically Perfect in Every Way on British Harper’s Bazaar for January 2019

Emily Blunt won us over with her charming American Vogue cover last month and works her magic again while making a delightful appearance on British Harper’s Bazaar. We should’ve known the magazine would do the Brit actress justice, with Emily receiving the full UK Bazaar experience for her cover shoot. Photographed by Richard Phibbs and styled by Miranda Almond wearing a red Dolce & Gabbana dress, the Mary Poppins Returns star looks elegant, regal and practically perfect in every way on the newsstand cover for January 2019.

UK Harper’s Bazaar January 2019 : Emily Blunt by Richard Phibbs

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

It’s safe to say our forum members will be running to the newsstand for a copy. “Very pretty. I loved the literal take US Vogue took with Emily/Mary Poppins, but I also really enjoy the more subtle nod here with the bird on her shoulder; it feels very festive too, which is nice for a January issue,” applauded LastNight.

“…and this is how you use a theme in a subtle way!” echoed kokobombon.

“Lovely, very pretty and subtle, just perfect,” Nymphaea admired.

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Yalitza Aparicio Becomes Vogue Mexico’s First-Ever Indigenous Cover Star

You’d think regional issues of magazines would jump at the chance to promote native talent, but that’s not always the case. Take, for example, the October 2018 issue of Vogue Japan, where singer Namie Amuro was the first Japanese woman to appear on the cover in over a year. Now, surprisingly, Vogue Mexico features a native Mexican for the first time in its 20-year history. The magazine welcomes Yalitza Aparicio, the breakout star of Roma, to the cover of its January 2019 issue, photographed in Christian Dior by Santiago and Mauicio.

Vogue Mexico January 2019 : Yalitza Aparicio by Santiago and Mauricio

IMAGE: VOGUE.MX

Naturally, our forum members were thrilled. “The best cover in the history of Vogue Mexico! Period!” declared zacatecas570.

“Wow, whoever is in charge of Vogue Mexico’s casting is doing a spectacular job. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. And such an inspiring subject too. I like that the focus is on her. Not fashion or photography. Great job, and a strong start to 2019,” raved Benn98.

“I ADORE everything about this, especially given Mexico’s classist history. I also love that the Mixteco language is used on the cover. Bravo Vogue Mexico!” said marsnoop2.

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Where’s The Magic of Meisel in Versace’s New Model Mania Campaign for Spring 2019?

After she stunned front-row attendees by strutting down Versace’s Spring 2019 runway, we aren’t at all surprised to see Shalom Harlow star in Versace’s latest advertising campaign. The legendary 90s supermodel (and current Vogue Italia cover girl) is joined by a host of other Donatella favorites, including Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Rianne van Rompaey, Imaan Hammam, Adut Akech, Kris Grikaite and Blesnya Minher. Shot by Steven Meisel in front of a gray studio backdrop, the Spring 2019 campaign looks a lot like the Spring 2018 campaign.

Versace S/S 2019 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: NSSMAG.COM

According to our forum members, the campaign needed a whole lot more than Shalom Harlow and Steven Meisel. “Great to see Shalom but that was one hideous collection and I’m not sure even a supermodel can save it,” commented dodencebt the second the campaign struck.

“I can’t with these studio shots by Versace, come on, give me atmosphere!” complained GERGIN.

“Ugh, here we go again with the revolting camp and kitsch! Meisel back at Versace has been a disappointment from the start,” Benn98 said.

Marc10 echoed the sentiments: “Sadly Meisel is not bringing the magic, same as last season.”

Versace S/S 2019 by Steven Meisel

IMAGES: NSSMAG.COM

Also feeling majorly unimpressed was forum member cottonmouth13, writing, “As much as I want to love this because it stars my favorite Shalom, I could not bring myself to. I feel like her casting was put to waste cause we have this kind of result. Sadly, Meisel was not inspired enough.”

“OMG this is beyond awful, what a waste of Shalom’s talent. Seriously, and please do not throw in Adut, Gigi and Vittoria thinking it will make it better. We’re all sick of this,” slammed Riseup.

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“Oh wow, what a disappointment so far. I literally can’t. Everything is just SO wrong… (about the solo shots). Bella looks SO stiff. Literally a robot,” laughed guimon.

Scotty wasn’t into it either: “Ugh, seriously! I know I’m a biased Meisel fan but please try to do something new. I’m so disappointed. Versace was the ad I was waiting for all season!”

“What the hell is happening with Meisel! Where’s the magic? Where’s the sexiness? Where’s the inspiration? This is beyond sad, the collection was tragic and even more so is the campaign,” thatsfierce complained.

Versace S/S 2019 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: NSSMAG.COM

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Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Us Want to Head South for the Winter on WSJ’s Sun-Kissed Holiday Cover

We often say how underrated WSJ Magazine is and, once again, the magazine has knocked it out of the park. Back in September, WSJ delivered a bevy of models for the industry’s most important print issue of the year and now, as it closes out 2018, makes us want to head south for the winter. Give it up for Gwyneth Paltrow, who covers the December 2018/January 2019 issue, playing the role of the ultimate blonde beach babe. Photographed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by George Cortina (one of fashion’s ultimate dream teams), the American actress/lifestyle guru indulges in a juicy ice pop for the effortless and sun-soaked cover image. We’ll have whatever she’s having!

WSJ Magazine December 2018/January 2019 : Gwyneth Paltrow by Lachlan Bailey

IMAGE: COURTESY OF WSJ MAGAZINE

Members of our forums were sold instantly — or at least the majority were. “Oh wow, absolutely love this one,” raved dodencebt.

“Wow, that’s so good!” caioherrero acknowledged in agreement.

“Cortina is involved so, it’s fabulous… as usual!” exclaimed Lola701.

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Bella Hadid and Adut Akech Star in Steven Meisel’s Vibrant Moschino Campaign for Spring 2019

We’ve been huge advocates of Jeremy Scott ever since he brilliantly tapped Steven Meisel to photograph Moschino’s campaigns back in 2014. The legendary lensman and forum favorite has continued to make Scott’s kitschy collections look expensive, luxurious and even more covetable than they appear on the runway. The campaigns are often a gateway to something fabulously OTT, like last season’s ads featuring Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid as glamazons from outer space — something we certainly don’t see every season.

For Spring 2019, Scott casts Vittoria Ceretti, Fran Summers, Adut Akech, Meghan Collison and Bella Hadid to model ladylike glam against a studio backdrop that complements each look, styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele.

Moschino S/S 2019 by Steven Meisel

IMAGE: MODELS.COM

For our forum members with high expectations, however, the campaign was a total flop. “Please don’t tell me this is going to be the style of the entire campaign. Zero effort. It’s like someone made it in Paint. If they wanted to play on the drawing theme, they could have gotten an artist to draw an entire campaign off of real shots with models. It would have been incredible,” commented dodencebt.

“You have a TERRIFIC collection and deliver a bullshit campaign like this one?” slammed helmutnotdead.

“Disappointing result. Lately I’ve been really excited and looking forward to the Moschino campaigns, but this is SO boring. You have such a fun collection, great models, Steven Meisel, and this is what you do?” asked guimon.

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