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.
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UPDATED MARCH 10th 2012: Added another subscriber cover version featuring Heidi Klum photographed by Thomas Whiteside. Image via TFS.
UPDATED MARCH 09th 2012: Added the newsstands cover that’s also photographed by Carter Smith and styled by Joe Zee via TFS.
The pose is not new, you’ve seen it on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair with Demi Moore (shot famously by Annie Leibovitz) and Claudia Schiffer on the cover of Vogue Germany June 2010 (by Karl Lagerfeld). She is definitely channelling the first.
Elle US should’ve done it differently. Maybe something like that August 2006 cover of Harper’s Bazaar US with Britney Spears who was snapped fabulously by Alexi Lubomirski?
They could’ve do something better than this. Meh.
Click here to view last year cover featuring Amanda Seyfried and here for 2010 cover featuring Taylor Swift.
Images via TFS.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 02nd 2011: Added bigger cover image photographed by Ruven Afanador via Just Jared.
The now pregnant Jessica Simpson (31) is gracing the last cover of 2011 of Lucky magazine. Congratulations on your pregnancy Jessica!!!
Click here to view last year cover featuring Diane Kruger and here for 2009 cover featuring Carrie Underwood.
Image via TFS.
Jessica Simpson shows off her fabulous hair on the cover of New York Times Magazine February 21st 2011 issue lensed by Ruven Afanador.
Click to read her article at NYMag.com