Fug File: Fug The Cover

Fug or Fab the Cover: Nicki Minaj on Cosmopolitan, July 2015

We’ve got some other foreign Cosmo covers in here, too, but really this is all about La Minaj. I can’t really remember what her deal is now; she seemed to be trying to act for a while, and she stopped dressing like a clearance aisle in Toys R Us, but I’ve lost track of what the replacement messaging is. Maybe it’s just “confident.” I can get with that.

[Photos: Cosmo]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Cara Delevingne on Vogue, July 2015

Did anyone have Cara in the pool? It occurs to me that casting her in your movie DOES seem like a stroke of marketing genius if you’re interested in getting that movie covered by Vogue.

[Photos: Vogue]


Fug and Fab the Cover: Elle Magazine July 2015

Oh, Elle. You had me at “RIGGINS IS BACK,” even if isn’t true the way I want it to be.

[Photos: Elle]


Fug and Fab the Covers: A Variety of UK Magazines

Oh, man. This selection has some of the best subscribers covers I’ve seen in…a really long time.


Well Played Cover, and In Fact Everyone: Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair

This is beautifully done.

Vanity Fair cover: Caitlyn Jenner

One of the most heartening things about this Monday morning was seeing our Twitter feed, to a person, be delighted for the former Bruce Jenner that the debut of her future is so graceful and lovely and even poignant. She looks fantastic — kind of a brunette Jessica Lange, to me. And there’s something really moving about her pose, and the simple way she’s framed. It’s classy and careful and caring, with a mix of confidence and vulnerability. As if to remind people that no matter how much this was the right decision for Caitlyn, it still requires courage and moxie and a leap of faith over an unknowable chasm.

The story will appear in the July Vanity Fair, written by Buzz Bissinger, and small excerpts were released today along with the cover:

“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”

“I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.”

I can’t lie: There is something delicious about this, by breaking on the same day, totally overshadowing news of Kim’s second pregnancy. And all jokes about why it’s not “Kaitlyn” aside, I LOVE that it’s not, because to me that reads deliberate and significant, like he’s truly leaving something behind. Like this isn’t just Bruce 2.0, but Caitlyn, a person in her own right who flies in another direction.

But mostly, I hope this is the freedom that Bruce craved and expected, and that Caitlyn deserves. And that once the high of the truth, and its impact, wears off and scales back into everyday life, that she finds one to lead that fulfills every yearning she has. We’re living in a time that is finally understanding that gender and sexuality aren’t cut-and-dried. As much as Caitlyn’s bravery makes her a symbol, or a beacon, she also needs space in her life to be a person.

[Photo: Vanity Fair]


Fug and Fab The Cover: Various International Vogues

I am beginning to understand why Gisele is SO EXTREMELY RICH. I don’t think I’ve ever written one of these posts where she WASN’T on a cover of SOMETHING.

[Photos: A Variety of Interational Vogues]