Fug File: Fug The Cover

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!


Well Played Cover: Jessica Chastain on Harper’s Bazaar UK

I kind of wish she were smiling, but I get it. This is the Imposing But Beautiful Portrait of The Lady of the House Hanging Over The Fireplace In a Mansion:


And as such, it is dead on fantastic. You may remember a version of this dress from the time Sarah Paulson went to the Emmys, or that time Felicity Jones looked awesome, and the truth is that I like it best here, where it’s not supposed to be anything but over-the-top and mad crazy impressive expensive looking, and perfect for her to wander past, fifty years hence, drinking a cocktail and sharply informing her grandson’s terrible fiancee that she was once the most beautiful woman in New York and she remembers very well how to destroy her enemies, before sweeping off to smoke out on the terrace and think about her youth. Also: Polka dots.

(I just noticed that there’s a story in this issue by Princess Eugenie. I am interested to see if the byline on the actual article reads “Princess Eugenie” or Eugenie York. I totally understand why they’d refer to her using the former on the cover, but using “Princess Eugenie” as your byline might give me a case of the side-eyes.)


Fug or Fab the Cover: Reese Witherspoon on Vogue

Vogue wisely timed the release of this cover and photo shoot with the release of one of their 73 Questions videos with Reese. SYNERGY. I have popped it after the jump for you to watch, if you’re so inclined — her house is FANTASTIC, and conveniently currently for sale. My favorite part is the cameo by her Oscar, although I wish they hadn’t mentioned it at all. As for the cover: I’m not wholly convinced, but I LOVE the insides. I guess being beautiful on the inside is important.

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