Kesha has been through the wringer, and has finally emerged — hopefully — on the other side of the prolonged emotional and legal battle with Dr. Luke, culminating in a truly moving performance of “Praying” at the Grammys surrounded by a bunch of other women supporting her comeback. She’s a great person to front Cosmo’s Fearless Issue. Except, this cover photo looks more like a girl who showed up late to meet her crush at a high school party and is now watching him explore someone else’s mouth with his tongue. It is melancholy and slightly messy and has a lonely air to it, which I guess fits the “My vulnerability is my strength” cover line, but… there’s just so much sadness. That’s a story in and of itself, and could be a stunning spread, but for a different magazine. Cosmo would not know what to do with it. This magazine does not trade in sadness. It deals in sated vaginas and asinine stories like “This Cuddle Position Seals Your Bond,” with occasional horror stories and horoscopes. So I’m left wondering if this entire shoot was just a weird mess and this is the best shot they got. There is literally no other reason to choose it.

They did at least TRY other stuff, as evidenced by the interior shot:

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That might even have been better, honestly. Yes, she could feasibly be mid-orgasm, but it’s also projecting more confidence and strength than the actual cover does. I just want the best for Kesha, and whether it was a desperation pick or not, she didn’t get it.

However:

On overcoming body issues: “The final straw was when I was with my mom at a family dinner party and I was so anxious. Driving home, I had to pull over, and I was like, I can’t keep this secret anymore. It was scary, but I finally put my foot down and chose life. That was a huge turning point. I’m not a size. I’m not a number. I am a strong, badass, motherf**king woman, and quite frankly, I like my junk. Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be able to say that.”

Girl can give a good sound bite. Now let’s give her a cover that matches.

[Photos and story: Cosmo]
Tags: Cosmo, Kesha
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