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Editors shake up also hit Marie Claire US! Anne Fulenwider, formerly at Brides since October 2011, named as the new Editor in Chief of the magazine earlier this September, and replacing Joanna Coles who moved to Cosmopolitan (she helmed MC for the last six years). Fulenwider is back to Marie Claire because she had served as an executive editor under Coles for two years starting in September 2009. There are not much changed on the cover ever since Fulenwider helmed it. Next year, perhaps?
Anyway, Marie Claire US tapped top celebrities as this year’s cover stars. Starting with Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie who fronted the January issue, by Alexei Hay. They also listed singer and The Voice mentor, Christina Aguilera as the magazine’s February cover star. She was photographed by Tesh, who also shot seven (!) other front pages this year. The British photographer snapped the April, May, June, August, September, November and December issue featuring Leighton Meester, Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Alba, Kristen Wiig, Miley Cyrus (our favourite), Ashley Greene, and Jessica Chastain respectively. The rest of the celebrities who graced the magazine this year are Eva Mendes (March) and Blake Lively (July), both by Txema Yeste and Gwen Stefani (October), by Peggy Sirota.
Click here to read last year’s recap of Marie Claire US, and feel free to share to us your favourite cover from the magazine.
We must appreciates Elle US editors decision to choose other color than white as the backdrop on their usually boring newsstands covers this year. The only interesting image with white backdrop was Blake Lively‘s March issue, but that’s only because of her strong pose. We are not loving Katherine Heigl‘s January, Reese Witherspoon‘s February, Rihanna‘s May, and Katie Holmes‘ August issue, at all.
Their first attempt was dark grey background, for Jessica Simpson‘s naked April cover, and we are not impressed by it. They used bold red and combined it with Kristen Stewart for June, which kinda worked and interesting. Selena Gomez posed in a black and gold Dolce & Gabbana dress in front of summer-ish ombré blue background for July issue, while shocking pink was used for their September cover to matched Katy Perry‘s pink sequined dress from Bottega Veneta. One of the worst covers of the year nominees is Britney Spears‘ October issue. Oh, how we wished they’ve used different background color other than the dull grey, and less photoshop next time, please!
The November (there are 5 different subs covers and Kristen Wiig‘s is our fave!) and December covers with Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lawrence are the best images with colored backdrop. We love how Alexi Lubomirski snapped SJP‘s perfectly flowing hair and Carter Smith did a good job capturing Jennifer Lawrence‘s subtle sexiness. Jennifer‘s subscriber cover is also one of the best subscriber covers that Elle US has ever produced.
Marie Claire UK got amazing set of cover stars but they failed to brings wonders on the newsstands covers. We are disappointed with their works on Liv Tyler, Christina Ricci, Cheryl Cole, Marion Cotillard, Rachel Weisz, and Taylor Swift. Not that they’re not looking pretty, but the posed and images selection are boring. They should’ve picked something better from the editorials. The ladies looks way better and attractive on the subscriber covers. Marie Claire UK could’ve come up with better results and far more interesting images with those great celebrities.
Our favourite cover this year is the one with Blake Lively on it. Even though it’s a reprint, but the color works. The other reprints this year are Angelina Jolie‘s June issue and Eva Mendes‘ July issue. Both were taken from the US edition. The remaining covers featuring singer Kelly Rowland, athlete Jessica Ennis and former Pussycat Dolls member and the currect X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger are ok looking. We just wished they used brighter background colors.
Overall, the subscriber covers are better than the newsstands this year. The magazine has tapped singer turned fashion designer Gwen Stefani as the January 2013 cover star. Unfortunately, the image is a reprint from 2011 Elle US.
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The cover was photographed by Art Streiber.
Image via TFS.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 15th 2012: The cover was photographed by Carter Smith.
Image via TFS.