Fug File: Vogue

Well Played Cover: Lena Dunham on Vogue


The rumors were true! I have to say, I love this. (I’ll be interested to see if there’s a hullabaloo over the fact that it’s a face shot, rather than a body shot, but for my two cents, I think Elle would have gotten away with Mindy Kaling’s beauty shot if it hadn’t been the only waist-up cover of the four, as I said at the time; just having a great face on the cover isn’t that weird, and Vogue did it on last year’s February cover as well. [edit: since I wrote this, Jezebel has offered $10k for the unretouched pics, which...you know what? Vogue retouches everyone. If I were on Vogue, I would want the full f'ing treatment, myself. Anyway.]) It’s very whimsical, it’s very eye-catching, and it’s got a ton of personality. She also, not for nothing, looks very pretty but also very much like herself. That’s three Vogue covers in a row that I’ve really liked. Should I re-up my subscription?

Let’s look inside.

[Photos: Vogue]

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Well Played Cover: Posh and Becks on Paris Vogue


I don’t know if I totally understand — or ever even knew — how Paris Vogue and French Vogue are different. That being said, they let Posh here guest-edit the December/Jan issue and bless her for putting herself on the cover. I feel like there was a conversation that included the line: “Screw you, Anna Wintour, I’m doing this.” And, honestly, it turned out kind of great. Self-indulgent, but great.

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Annual Fug Nation Predict-The-Cover: Vogue


It’s time for our annual post predicting the cover subjects for the upcoming year of Vogue! Let’s take a look back and discuss how Vogue did in 2013 — make sure check to see how you did in last year’s Prediction Post. I got 6 of 12, which means if I were a baseball player, I’d be a huge star! — then see if you can predict the dozen who are going to make it past Anna for February 2014-January 2015.

My predictions, with the caveat that I think a lot of these are actually kind of crazy on my part: Keira Knightley; SWINTON (a girl can dream, as I really don’t think this will actually happen);  Angelina Jolie (ostensibly for Maleficent); Zoe Saladana, whose Nina Simone biopic is SUPPOSED to come out in 2014; Shailene Woodley, in a huge coup wiggling off Teen Vogue; Nicki Minaj;  Emma Stone; Kerry Washington; a Trio of Winter Olympians Probably Including Lindsay Vonn Which Will Be Awkward If Her Knee Doesn’t Heal; Cameron Diaz, ideally in full Miss Hannigan costume; Nicole Kidman; and January Jones (standing in for everyone else as Mad Men finally comes back). I am pretty sure I’m going to bat less than .500 this year. Your turn!

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Well Played Cover: Cate Blanchett on Vogue


Dear Cate Blanchett: On the one hand, never stop. On the other hand, PLEASE stop, because it’s bad for my self-esteem, because you make me want to be more awesome and I think that might not work out.

[Photos: Vogue]

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Well Played The Cover: Jessica Chastain on Vogue


And here, at last, we have our final Vogue cover of 2013.

I must admit that I love it, and not only because I — like so many other students — had a poster of Sir Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June on my wall in college, and this is clearly inspired by that painting, which I love. But that’s part of it. It is so refreshing to see a magazine cover that isn’t just Celebrity In Gown, but is actually making a reference to something. Sure, her makeup isn’t something she’d wear out, but for once that’s actually beside the point. As we’ve often discussed, Chastain often looks not-quite-right on the red carpet, but she’s a wonderful actor, and it’s brilliant of Vogue to give her a part to play on the cover. I actually want to buy this issue and put it on my coffee table; I think it is gorgeous.

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Fug the Cover: Kate Winslet on Vogue


I am pretty excited that I predicted this in our annual Vogue Predict The Cover:

But do I — or any of us — really get those points when the actor in question looks nigh-unrecognizable? Additionally, this poor blonde woman, whomever she may be, appears to have been living in a wind tunnel for at least five years. Should any of us truly benefit when there are such horrors at hand? As a sidebar, I find it hard to believe that no one at Vogue pointed that when the only celebrity names on your cover are Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Matthew McConaughey, you are perhaps in danger of being accused of no longer having your finger on the pulse of Hollywood (no disrespect to McConaughey, who has been having an interesting couple of years in terms of the roles he takes. All disrespect to the person who decided that 2013 was a great time to make a Sex and the City reference on the cover of Vogue. Poor SJP must have seen that and just groaned). All that being said, I do hold out hope that “Power Python for the Office” is a how-to on bringing your snake to work.

[Cover: Vogue]

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