Fug File: Fug The Cover

Well Played Cover: Mindy Kaling on InStyle


I haven’t said this in a long time, but I am delighted to say it today. This InStyle cover is so cute:

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The colors are great, the outfit is fab (and something a normal human might wear in the world, which makes sense for InStyle, which has never skewed “directional”), her lovely face looks recognizably like her own lovely real-life face, and I am totally going to buy this to read it by the pool this weekend. Round of applause for everyone!

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Fug or Fab the Cover: Taylor Swift on Elle, June 2015


Well, I really like it from the waist up:

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I think her hair looks awesome, and her facial expression is interesting (that’s not a euphemism for “HIDEOUS,” or anything. I legitimately am interested in her face in this photo [and in general; Taylor's face is a good face (this sentence got away from me)]). I am not sure what she’s doing with the guitar over her head like that — she’s not surely going to smash an acoustic guitar? Guitar smashing feels more ELECTRIC to me — but if I don’t think about that too much, I am on board. But — and I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM ABOUT TO SAY THIS — I almost wish this jumpsuit were a romper. Taylor apparently has a long torso, which she dresses really well because I never noticed it up until now. (I ALSO have a long torso, so this is a configuration to which I am sensitive.) But now it’s all I can see.  Or am I crazy? Am I just TORSO OBSESSED because I’m a narcissist? Did I just ruin this for you? Are you actually wearing this to work today? TAYLOR, IS THAT YOU? I listened to 1989 while we were writing the book a lot, so I owe you a debt. And that debt is possibly being paid by my suggesting a romper. I DON’T KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE.

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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Anna Kendrick


In which we discuss both her outfits, her Glamour June 2015 cover, and that heinous Pitch Perfect 2 billboard that’s been glaring down at me as I drive.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Glamour]

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Fug or Fab The Cover: A Variety of International Vogues


Let’s see what our Vogue-reading friends in countries other than the United States can expect to find in their mailboxes, shall we? As always, some of these are divine and inspire total jealousy, whilst some of them are quite simply…cray.

[Photos: Vogue]

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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]

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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]

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