What. Is. Happening.
I mean…I guess…it’s eye-catching? You will NOT forget this cover. You may never forget this cover. You might wake up screaming, this cover burned on the inside of your eyelids. This cover might be the last thing you see before you die, quite frankly.
It’s just dumb. I get that she’s sort of sporty in Divergent, kind of, and this is a kind of sporty look, sort of, in the way that fashion thinks sporty = neoprene and zippers? Not to mention the fact that Elle already put her in a swimsuit, and more successfully, AND that if someone removed the cover copy from this photo, you’d think it was going to be the cover of Self. And that there is literally no scenario in the entire history of human existence that a woman would wear this other than a magazine cover. And I’ve seen plenty of wacked out cover looks in my life and most of them, you could concoct a story about. “Well, you’d wear that when the aliens come to make them believe you’re Earth’s queen,” or “obviously that’s what you wear when you crack your head and wake up to believe that you’re a FABULOUS chicken.” This? Nope. I can’t.
[Cover: Marie Claire/Jan Welters]