Fug File: Fug The Cover

Fug the Cover: Carey Mulligan on Vogue

Quick! Who had Carey Mulligan in the pool? (The accompanying article about her in Vogue is, by the way, a good one.)

[Photos: Vogue]


Fug or Fab the Cover: More of Rebel Wilson on/in Elle UK, May 2015

About a year and a half ago, the U.S. version of Elle did a Women in Hollywood issue on which Melissa McCarthy appeared on the cover heavily swaddled in a coat. She looked great, but nonetheless it sparked curiosity about why the plus-size subject was the only one of the four cover ladies laden in heavy layers. (It certainly wasn’t seasonal: Marian Cotillard was in a sports bra.)

We’ve already posted the Rebel Wilson Elle UK newsstand cover; my reaction and some of Fug Nation’s was to wonder if it was a similar crisis of confidence in regular women – specifically, whether such a tight close-up, pretty though it was, bespeaks an ongoing lack of faith in putting a larger lady in all her glory on a newsstand while not also shrouded in a coat. (Elle Australia did the same, sadly without making her look quite so lovely.) So I thought you’d be interested in seeing the subscriber cover that went out with that same issue, in addition to some inside pics.

The fact that it’s a full-body shot in a dress is refreshing — but then again, you could argue that the fact that it was seemed Subscribers Only and not sufficient for a newsstand underscores the negative impression. And it’s hardly an assertive take on her; you can barely see her face. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

[Photos: Elle UK]


Fug or Fab the Cover: Madonna on Cosmopolitan’s 50th Anniversary Issue (May 2015)

The last time Madonna covered Cosmo, it was for the 25th anniversary issue in May 1990. So however you feel about this cover — and we’ll get into it, believe me, because I don’t like it — I think it’s worth giving her an ovation for being an enduring and powerful female figure for so long that she could be considered iconic on two magazine covers TWENTY FIVE YEARS APART. I mean, even in 1990, she was already well into her career and had several visual incarnations (the “Holiday” Madonna, the “Like A Virgin” and Desperately Seeking Susan era, the “Papa Don’t Preach” Madonna, and then rolling into the brunette “Like A Prayer” days). This woman has endured and thrived, and that’s always worth celebrating.

[Photos: Cosmo]


Fugs and Fabs the Cover: Recent UK Magazines

Shall we eyeball some recent covers out of the UK? Where, for what it’s worth, I LOVE THE MAGAZINES. Half of them give you gifts! Half of them are wee, purse-sized little books of delight! Some of them are REALLY TRASHY (heat)! And then there is my favorite of all the glossy monthlies, Tatler, for which I pay an absurd fee to have delivered to my home and which I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED. They once had a whole sidebar about ridiculous British names that caused me and Heather to worry that The Royal We didn’t have a sufficiently crazily-named character and one of our major players is named after a font. It recently had an article about aristocratic menageries of yore which included a photo of a lemur (!) named Mah-Jongg (!!) on a deck-chair (!!!) OF SOMEONE’S YACHT! IT’S THE BEST.

Join me, won’t you?


Fug or Fab the Cover: Shailene Woodley on Elle, April 2015

Well, it’s striking enough.

Shailene Woodley, Elle April 2015

On the nitpicking note, I like it better when Elle just leaves its masthead spaced normally and doesn’t care how the cover model splashes over it. Scrunching the two Ls on either side of her head is distracting, especially the way they made it look like her arm is looped around the one on the right. I also think it looks like a mistake, rather than a Young or Wild or Free decision, to have the yellow words cut off on the sides.

As for the photo… look, you knew I wasn’t going to love the bathing suit. Why is there a patent-leather belt on it? Why are there bathing suits that are allergic to being worn in actual watery conditions? What’s more: If the top only even REMOTELY looks like it’s in the right place because her arms are over her head, imagine how it must fall down when she lowers them. The expression on her face says, “I know. This would not have been my choice either.” She clearly gave it what she could, but honestly, the inside photo is way more striking to me:

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Well Played, Serena Williams on Vogue, April 2015

I have a lot of thoughts. First of all, her hair looks awesome. Vogue‘s logo might as well not even be there. Who cares about the name of this magazine in the face of Serena’s awesome hair?


Second, I think she just looks great. Really striking and strong and glamorous. Most of all, I’m glad they resisted the impulse to do something gimmicky or silly and just went simple with her — it’s a lovely picture, but it also feels natural, which makes the whole thing seem more modern to me. I also love the article about her relationship with Caroline Wozniacki, because they’re my favorite Athlete Friendship out there, and they’re obviously crazy about each other. (I appreciate how Serena threatened to fly to Monaco and knock Caroline’s door down to help her through her break-up. Serena Williams might be the world’s best Get a Grip Friend.) I don’t think ANY of us predicted this one, but I for once am happy to be proven wrong.

[Photo: Vogue]