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Featured Article: Glamour US 2013 Covers Recap

After a so so line up last year, finally Glamour US got their mojo back! This year’s covers are more interesting than 2012.

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway was the first actress to graced their front page, photographed by Alexei Hay (the New York-based photographer also snapped the September issue with Jennifer Aniston). One of our favourite covers was fronted by actress Zooey Deschanel. The New Girl leading lady was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, who also photographed most covers this year. Frankfurt born von Unwerth shot the total four out of twelve slots for the Cynthia Leive edited magazine. She shot Dakota Fanning for March, Pink for June, and Lily Collins for July.

After Anna Wintour was appointed as the artistic director of Condé Nast earlier this year, you can see that there’s a subtle change on Glamour covers. Even though the amount of text are still ridiculous, but towards the end of the year, they were more streamlined and doesn’t affected the main image of the cover star. One interesting fact, Lady Gaga posed in front of plain white background for Patrick Demarchelier on December issue, which reminds us of the magazine’s signature before they going through major make over last year. But this could be one time thing only. We gotta see what future issues brings.

In another news, Glamour recently named Paul Ritter, previously at their rival Elle, as their new Creative Director. We can expect new contribution from him in next year’s issue because Paul will start at the magazine on November 11th.

The remaining covers this year were featuring actresses Kate Hudson by Patrick Demarchelier; Hayden Panettiere by Peggy Sirota (love the strong summer vibe!); Kerry Washington also by Peggy Sirota; singer Rihanna by Terry Tsiolis (her retro curls were amazing), and boyband One Direction who posed together with model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Matt Irwin.

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Featured Article: Glamour US 2012 Covers Recap

Glamour US gets a major make over this year, both inside layout and on the covers. Starting with their March issue featuring Amanda Seyfried, photographed awkwardly by Ellen Von Unwerth, who shot four other front pages this year.

You’ll noticed that they used bolder layout, colorful fonts and unusual poses on the covers. Sometimes it’s a hit (April with Jennifer Lawrence, June with Carrie Underwood, October with Emma Watson, and December with Selena Gomez), but mostly they’re miss (May with Lauren Conrad, July with Julianne Hough, August with Mila Kunis, September with Victoria Beckham, and November with Taylor Swift).

You can still see their “old” cover layout in this year’s January and February edition which featuring Kardashian Sisters and Rachel McAdams respectively. We missed the old simple yet distinct Glamour cover layout, but we are looking forward to see their 2013 line up. Dear Cynthia Leive, please produce better covers next year with more exciting cover stars.

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Glamour US 2011 Covers Recap

As always, Glamour US covers are using white backdrop. It’s really predictable but somehow they’re pulled it off with the cover stars selection, great styling and colorful texts and masthead.

This year, Netherlands born photographer, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, tops the numbers of the front pages he photographed for the magazine that was founded in 1939 with total five covers!

His first 2011 works was Kate Winslet‘s April issue in which the then 35 year old Academy Award winning actress flaunting her fab figures and posed in a Herve Leger by Max Azria dress. His second cover was for May edition with three rising actresses in flower printed ensembles: Ashley Greene, Emma Stone and Freida Pinto.

Heidi Klum—with her signature grinning—graced their annual Jeans Issue in August while Kristen Stewart fans are happy and rejoiced to see the 21 year old Twilight star featured for the November cover with one of the most unique posing I’ve ever seen in a magazine cover. Matthias Vriens-McGrath last cover this year was for December issue featuring newly single Jennifer Lopez in a red bustier from Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and pants from Salvatore Ferragamo. The issue will hit newsstands on November 08th and I will surely get this as usual.

57 year old Ellen von Unwerth who worked as a fashion model for 10 years before moving behind the camera, photographed three covers (two of them are the year’s most important issues!): January issue with Reese Witherspoon (in Burberry Prorsum dress), March issue with Diane Krueger (in Chanel jacket) and the flame haired Rihanna for September edition (in Dolce & Gabbana top and pants).

The February and July covers with Kim Kardashian (in a pajamas by Tom Ford) and Blake Lively (in Michael Kors sequined tunic) respectively, was the works of Terry Tsiolis, who already lensed the covers of Muse, Elle UK, Dazed & Confused and Vogue China.

The last two front pages, June (Olivia Wilde) and October (Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Alicia Keys), are the works of English photographer Ben Watts, and Elle US regular photographer, Alexei Hay. Unfortunately, the October issue is my least favourite cover.

I’ll tell you guys something. I’m a guy, but I really enjoyed reading this Cynthia Leive edited monthly publication. Attractive covers, great layout, colorful bold texts and amazingly witty yet informative articles are really a perfect combination. I also loves the covers line up this year which is better from last year, IMO.

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