So, yes, the first thing I thought when I saw this was, “oh, Marie Claire is using a new font.” Because I am that person. Having said that: This photo is very striking. It’s so unusual to run a cover without the subject’s face facing the camera, because it makes it hard for people drifting past the newsstand (a thing that no longer happens!) to think, “oh! I like Celebrity X, this looks good.”  I’ve always described Marie Claire as “a magazine for people who are not afraid of reading” — it usually has fairly long pieces inside — and indeed here they are expecting you to actually read the cover.

Speaking of reading, the interview feels – like everything conducted pre-coronavirus — immediately dated. That is no one’s fault. We did not know that it would be impossible to promise a new hot girl summer on the horizon! It’s going to be an Inside Summer! But it’s very well-done — the opening line is great — and very wide-ranging.  (I also learned that Megan is getting a degree in health administration and plans to open an assisted living community for the elderly eventually. I imagine anyone working in health admin has THOUGHTS!! right now.) This is a great bite, too:

Historically, the industry has allowed room for only one or two to shine, but these days women are dominating the music charts. And yet, for all of the progress that has been made, a glaring double standard still exists, especially when it comes to skill and lyrical content, Megan believes. Critics have accused her of being too raunchy, too unapologetically and overtly sexual. “A man can be as mediocre as he wants to be but still be praised,” she argues. “A man can talk about how he’s about to do all of these drugs and then come and shoot your house up. But as soon as I say something about my vagina, it’s the end of the world?”


[Photo: Micaiah Carter for Marie Claire]