I like a lot of things about this cover, but here’s one that I don’t: the cover line “What Hot Girls Know.” Because that’s Elle presenting The Hot Girl to you, handing the concept down from on high, as something that you the reader must not be — thereby implying not only implying we are all so very ordinary, but that being hot is aspirational and that The Wisdom of the Attractive is what’s missing in your life. For a magazine that purports to be for smart women, well-rounded ones, that comes across as disappointingly Lad Mag (as do some of the provided Robbie excerpts).  And terribly obnoxious.

[Photos: Cedric Buchet for Elle USA; Hong Jang Hyun for Elle Korea; Xavi Gordo for Elle Spain; Kai Z Feng for Elle UK; Yuan Gui Mei for Elle China]