Fug File: Vogue

Well Played Cover: Rihanna on Vogue, March 2014


Who had Rihanna in the pool?

I actually think this cover is great, which means I’ve liked every single one of their covers since December, which means either I have some kind of wicked brain fog or Vogue has started picking their covers via a different means that usual. I think it helps that her face looks great here: very little makeup, simple hair, lively expression. Combined, especially with those light-wash jeans, it almost makes this look like it could have been a photoshoot (with a proper model, not a celebrity) from the mid-90s, and there’s something refreshing about that. Of course she’s wearing Marc Jacob’s Farewell to Louis Vuitton, but that seems right for this exact occasion. Keep it up, Vogue.

[Photo: Mario Testino/Vogue]

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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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