Vanity Fair is known for its annual Hollywood Issue and the magazine’s 2021 offering just dropped. Radhika Jones has definitely been on a mission to propel the magazine to new heights. Just look at recent covers featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gal Gadot and Viola Davis. Last month’s Billie Eilish cover almost went unnoticed, but the publication’s latest is a feast for the eyes. Michael B. Jordan, Charlize Theron, Zendaya, Sacha Baron Cohen, Spike Lee, Maya Rudolph, LaKeith Stanfield, Awkwafina, Michaela Coel and Dan Levy are all captured by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for the playful cover.
“The worst Vanity Fair cover ever. And they’ve had some shoddy covers over the years. There’s not a single positive point I can think of. Not even the styling,” exclaimed Benn98 the moment the cover dropped.
“This is the worst thing ever,” echoed caioherrero.
“This is so bad, like People magazine bad. Everything looks so fan-made,” critiqued THD96.
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Yohji was also horrified: “Yikes. I guess this is what happens when you can’t get everyone in the same room. The main one is just so busy and messy. There should’ve been just three people.”
“Do people still remember/care about the Hollywood Issue? It’s such a nonevent these days,” said A.D.C.
But not everyone was disappointed. “This is fabulous! It’s fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Something we really need these days,” appreciated [Piece Of Me].
“Honestly, I love it. It’s fun, vibrant, something different. I really like the art direction, it’s so stylized that it works for me and I’m glad they did that, embracing the fact they’ve (presumably) shot them all separately and not trying to pretend otherwise,” agreed LastNight.
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