Fug or Fab the Cover: Keira Knightley


I just never think of Vogue as trying to target people who want to make their tendinitis sexy. … Wait, hang on, that might be exactly what Vogue‘s target demo is. Never mind.

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  1. Gine
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    She looks beautiful, but I wish they hadn’t done whatever they did to her hair–and I know it’s in accordance with the Anna Karenina theme, but it looks really weird on the cover. Great makeup, though.

    • Art Eclectic
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      Oooh, I completely disagree on the make-up. I think her eyebrows look overgroomed and that excessive use of sickly brown around her eyes makes her look consumptive and in need of sleep.

      • Karen
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        The rule on red or consumption-brown raccoon eyes is “never not ever never.” Or will be, when I’m the supreme dictator.

  2. l0nepinemall
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    I love Keira. She is my girl crush. And she looks lovely her – her face looks incredible.

  3. Kate
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    points for minimal lip pursing!

  4. LoriK
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    I think the picture with the giant hat should have been the cover. I’m not sure if that’s because I really like a giant hat or because those wrist braces bug me that much. Probably six of one, half dozen of the other.

  5. MelissaW
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    Picture #3 makes me crazy jealous. Absolutely beautiful (and I’m a huge sucker for historical/period costume work).

  6. Sandra
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    Definitely rocking the AK vibe. Did mopey 19th century aristocratic Russian ladies wear gloves like that? I’d be willing to believe it. The thing about Keira is that I find she looks so much better in character than just going about as herself. Lots of actors have that going on. Maybe they should all look at the work in which they looked their best and just pay those people to dress and style them all the time.

  7. Jen
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    Love #3! So gorgeous.

    • mary lou bethune
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      Yes- she is the great beauty of this era in films.
      But I want to see Rebel Wilson on the cover. I love her.
      YOU ALL! find some shots of Rebel, please….

  8. mochaleet
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    The color correction on the main page is super purplish, her skin looks almost frozen. Or maybe my monitor is bad?

  9. Elizabeth
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    definitely anal of me to notice and point out, but the word “seven” is also on the cover.

    • Beth
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      I noticed that too. Didn’t want to be the one to point it out, but as long as I’m not the only one…

      • SaltyAnn
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        Also, it reads “seven” men, but only lists six!

        • SaraK
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          SaltyAnn, I thought the same thing, but there are actually seven…Garrett Hedlund gets cut off in the smaller version, but you can see him when you click though to the slideshow. Nice to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t bother to do that every time, though!

  10. Lynne
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    Two things:

    1. I don’t like whatever they’ve done with the color in the cover shot. The blue background and overly pink skin. Not doing her any favors.

    2. She is obviously using the ring in photo #3 to summon her minions. Or to open a secret passage. Or possibly it has arsenic in it. She looks a bit devious is what i’m saying.

    • Annie E
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      I think it’s just the photo here that’s overly pink. I have this issue next to me right now and her skin looks normal. I think the wrist braces should be a different color – the silver and black doesn’t go with the ivory dress.

      • GFY Heather
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        Weird — the pic came from Vogue; you’d think they would match it to the color on the actual cover.

        • anny
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          Well, but monitor != print. Print run != other print run, for that matter.

  11. carol
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    She looks pink on the cover. Did someone forget to wear her sunscreen?

  12. amys
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    Love the bustle!!!

  13. Katie P.
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    In the Amores, Ovid asks his maried lover to twirl her ring “conitnually” when she’s thinking of him at a society dinner party. This being Ovid, fill in entredres as desired – that’s about right.

    • Petrova Fossil
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      I officially have a crush on you. And while we are doing literary allusions, may I just say that Kiera has done so much 19th century work that I am starting to think she is actually the great great great great, etc. grandchild of Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley.

  14. Stefanie
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    Picture number three (look ma! no numbers!) is stunning. STUNNING.

  15. Dazie
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    The first time I saw the cover at the store, I thought she was holding a fish. Then I realized it wasn’t a fish, and I was sad.

  16. SaltyAnn
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    BTdubs – hilarious post! Love you, love your show!

  17. b
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    Joyously anticipated: the return of the blacksmith!

  18. ringthing
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    The glove looks like Thing’s orthopedic hidey hole.

    KK looks gorgeous.

  19. Louise
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    Looks lovely but somehow they’ve made her look a little like Diane Kruger? Am I alone in thinking this?

  20. holly
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    She looks just like HBC….no?

  21. Stacey
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    Does anyone else think she resembles Demi in this photo. I actually thought it was an old cover shot of Demi when I first saw the picture.

    • Claire1
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      THANK YOU!
      I thought it when I saw the thumbnail at the top of the site!

      It’s whatever they did with her eyes.

  22. Beth
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    Ooooh, I have tendonitis in my wrist right now and I could totally rock that look.

  23. Emily
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    Didn’t you two back in January make a list of all the likely Vogue covergirls for the year? I’m really curious how many you guys have right so far, since I’m sure Keira Knightley had to have been on the list.

    • Jessica
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      I THINK we did that last year, or on FB, because I was having the same thought and I can’t find it. We HAVE to do it again this year, because that was really fun.

  24. Erin
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    Vogue is simply being considerate: after the heft of the September issue, many readers require a wrist brace to even consider picking up the following issue.

  25. Vandalfan
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    When I saw this, I though “Oh, the poor thing broke her arm, and she can even make a cast look stylish!”

  26. Willow
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    Why does she have a hoof?

    • Joemama
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      I thought “hoof” too in line at the grocery store today. However, in line at the grocery store is not the time to wonder aloud,”What’s with the hoof?”. Also, I love the makeup. It doesn’t look as wonky on the actual cover.

  27. Lime
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    I don’t dislike the wrist braces…I just think they don’t go with the rest of the look. You’ve got this floaty embroidered lace dress, with these Barbarella futuristic silver gloves. They clash in a bad way.

    The hat picture? To die, seriously. I wish I could wear hats.

  28. Melissa
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    Keira Knightley, like Jessica Simpson, cannot close her mouth, and it drives me insane.

  29. Tiffany
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    When Keira was in the first Pirates movie, I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Since then, she has become so frail and scrawny that I think it sucked the life out of her face. The fact that she likes to wear pale colors and drab eye shadow only enhances that sickly look. I feel like the gorgeous Lena Heady looks like what Keira could have been if she didn’t do to herself whatever she has been doing.

    • anny
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      Plus, what with all the hanging around with her mouth open as though she’s gasping consumptively …

    • Kristin
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      I remember being stunned by her beauty in the first Pirates movie, as well. I looked at some pictures from that era and she was just so young and fresh (eighteen, I think), and her face was definitely fuller. She is still a gorgeous woman, though.

      • Helen
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        Her beauty is unchanged, in my opinion! She wasn’t eighteen yet in the first Pirates flick – I remember because one of the actors (can’t recall which one, and it’s too bad because he was quite funny about it) said words to the effect that he kind of mentally slapped himself on the wrist when he caught himself being taken aback by her beauty, because “she’s only seventeen!”. :-D

        Here, the makeup is a little wonky, to me. I’m okay with brown eyeshadow, but I think there’s too much underneath the eyes. It works with the big veiled hat, though. Count me in among those who think that should’ve been the cover.

        And yes, the wrist brace is weird. It reminds me of some things from a designer who was famous for this sort of thing in the ’80s or ’90s… I can’t remember who he was, either, and it’s driving me nuts. It just clashes with the rest of the look.

  30. Squirrel!
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    Pic 1: She’s wearing gauntlets, which would fit in with her period image and role. That’s not to say, however, that the one on her right arm doesn’t look like a wrist brace!
    Pic 2: Pose-off! Pose-off!
    Pic 3: Scrumptious.

  31. Sajorina
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    LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m obsessed! The cover is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t like the wrist brace, but it doesn’t ruin it for me, though! I still love it! The 2nd Picture is AH-MAZING, so high fashion & mystical! The 3rd one has to be one of the most GORGEOUS and PERFECTLY styled pictures I’ve ever seen… And I study ART!!! My mom walked by behind me as I was looking at it, stopped, looked closely and said “That’s Vogue?!” She thought I was looking at museum artwork! That’s how MAGNIFICENT it is! I ADORE IT! I want to frame it and put in my salon, which is code for studio apartment!

  32. S
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    I think this all very well done, though I don’t care for the eye/brow makeup in slide 3. I really wish they had done something more modern with her, and saved this for someone else. I feel like I’ve seen it before, just because it’s Keira.

    Great photos, though.

  33. Bambi Anne Dear
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    I think it looks like she has her hand poking out of the top of a boot.

  34. Emma
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    The hat picture is WAY prettier. I’m concerned that her arm looks like it’s being eaten by an eel in the cover image.

  35. Jules
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    at least it looks like Keira

  36. Kristina
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    IMO she looks like a spy in that last picture, and she’s about the pop the top off her hidden compartment ring and poison the tall, dark, and brooding Viscount of [fake British-sounding name of a place here], who is spying for the other side (the French? seems like she should be the French one), but they are madly in love with each other, and they can never be together, so she’ll act like she’s poisoning him so that they both don’t have to suffer, but he’s developed a tolerance, and once she realizes that he willingly poisoned himself for over a decade because he knew this was coming, they both say fuck this noise (in delightful British accents) and move to the Americas and raise llamas.

    • Petrova Fossil
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      It’s the Scarlet Pimpernel! Someone should remake that movie!

  37. Luz
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    We should fug or fab her entire photo spread. They did some crazy-ass adjustments to her proportions – by intent or photoshop, I don’t know. But in many of the pictures, her head was the same size as the distance between her neck and her waist. I was so perplexed I could hardly see the clothes.

  38. l0nepinemall
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    She is so gorgeous. Love for my girl crush!

  39. Claire1
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    Picture three makes me happy/jealous/happy

    Beautiful

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  41. jen
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    I passed this issue on the newsstands a dozen times, and each time thought it was Leighton Meester.

  42. rx
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    As someone who has recurring tendinitis in both feet-ankles since the age of 11 (thanks ballet school!), I effing love that she’s adapting her tendinitis into her fashion. One might be predisposed to chronic pain and inflammation but that doesn’t have to stop someone from looking good. Plus, I love that she is not compromising her health and comfort for the sake of a cover shoot but instead she’s incorporating it into her look. Basically, she’s owning it.