Fug File: Fug The Cover

Fug or Fab the Cover: Rihanna on and in Elle Magazine, December 2014

Real Real And Crazy Beautiful” sounds like the title of some Bravo show about dilettantes.

[Photos: Elle]


Recent Fugs and a Cover: Rita Ora in London and on Cosmopolitan

Whether you love the cover or hate it, it might be the high point of the slideshow.

[Photo: Cosmopolitan, Fame/Flynet]


Well Played Cover: Lupita Nyong’o on Glamour

This is good, right here:


I support their use of the exclamation point there, after “Lupita,” because when I saw that she was on the Women of the Year cover, I actually SAID, “oh, Lupita!” aloud, in a delighted tone, to my laptop. This white-and-pink theme feels VERY Glamour but also very fresh and the bling-y earrings are appropriately festive without also screaming HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Instead, it just sort of feels like there’s a champagne bottle just out of frame, which personally is how I think all December covers ought to look. Additionally, her eyebrows look great. Has she always has such good brows? Have I somehow overlooked Lupita in my List of People With Great Brows? Consider that error remedied.


Fug or Fab the Covers: November Vogues

Sound the alarm! American Vogue has a model on the cover! Let’s look at it — and a whole bunch of international Vogues. A LOT of models await you, in fact. ALL MODELS. 100% models!

[Photos: Vogue]


Mostly Well Played Covers: Elle’s Women in Hollywood

Honestly, these are mostly pretty awesome. I LOVE seeing such a wide range of ages on the cover of a major women’s magazine, for once. I wonder which one I will get in the mail (I think Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, and Zoe Saldana are the newsstand options, but I have a subscription. Fingers crossed for my fellow Jessica, the glorious Ms Lange).

[Covers: Elle]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Taylor Swift on British Vogue

I shouldn’t like this:


That hair is mullet-adjacent, and she’s wearing both a jacket and sweater-tank that fell right out of a time capsule from 1984 — and yet something about it is appealing to me. Maybe I just really miss Olivia Newton John. Maybe Taylor Swift is working on a secret reboot of the Physical album and this is a coded signal. Let me tell you, that music video is just crying out for a live VMAs reinactment — frankly, I can’t imagine why this hasn’t already happened. Someone find us some braided headbands and everybody, get to work!