We’ve always been huge fans of Uma Thurman. The tall, blond actress just brings that something extra and isn’t your typical cookie-cutter Hollywood pretty. So when we hear she’s on the cover of a magazine, we expect that certain je na sais quois she has to shine through. A face with that bone structure can’t photograph badly, right? Wrong. Here she is on the February cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK — one of the first of the crop of February magazine issues we’re expecting — and she looks … off. We can’t quite put our finger on what it is, but something about her face doesn’t look quite okay. Is it the nose or the mouth? Help us out here, and tell us what you think. Either way, we’re not happy.
Serious bling aficionados didn’t factor in one very important element into acquiring the late Elizabeth Taylor‘s jewelry at an auction at Christie’s in New York City — Kim Kardashian. TMZ reports that the hybrid-reality star has dropped $65,000 for three jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz bracelets that belonged to that star. That is pocket change as compared to what the record-breaking auction cashed in on the whole. They made an incredible $116 MILLION. Kim was seriously in awe of Dame Liz and even interviewed her for Harper’s Bazaar shortly before she passed away. Interestingly enough, the first question Kimmy asked her was, “You are my idol. But I’m six husbands and some big jewels behind. What should I do?” In a few short months, Kim’s made progress on both fronts, so she’s well on her way.
We already heard snippets from Angelina Jolie’s Marie Claire January cover story. She revealed bits about her home life like, “Well, I have a few girlfriends. I just … I stay at home a lot. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound.” The interview is very Angelina, if you know what we mean, but the new batch of photographs from the shoot took us by surprise. The actress is gorgeous, as per usual, but the black-and-white pictures show a lighter side of her. She looks relaxed, and even pulls some faces at the camera. Very different from her normal, carefully crafted image, and we couldn’t help clicking through the whole slideshow.
Ugh, we hate to focus on a woman’s age because it ain’t nothing but a number, you know? But we’re still pretty psyched to see the doors of fashion slowly creaking open for ladies queens who deserve some serious cover time on prestigious fashion rags like Vogue. After all, their editors and art directors are often over 50 – so why not their cover girls cover women?
Enter Meryl Streep, who is the oldest woman to grace the cover at 62 – her first time! She’s not just America’s greatest actress, as the mag declares, but America’s greatest person as well. Okay, so that just our opinion, sure – but how can you not love Meryl? She’s regal, confident, humble, classy, funny and talented. Remember when she kissed Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards? We do; it was glorious. Plus, as her Vogue cover story details, she drinks Chardonnay at 4 in the afternoon. Meryl, you complete us.
Streep next stars in Iron Lady, a biopic about Margaret Thatcher with a trailer that made us cry. It comes out in January.
Maxim magazine has chosen to give us quite an eyeful of Jenni Farley a.k.a. Jersey Shore’s JWoww. They have her bursting out of bikini’s and swimsuits both on the cover and inside the issue. We pored over the interview and giggled when she spoke about the food in Italy. “The Italian food out there is organic and fresh and light. They don’t even have penne à la vodka!” she says. No vodka in the pasta? For shame.
Jenni also talks about how she’s calmed down a fair amount over the course of the show, and she almost became “the mom? I feel that way. I was in a bad relationship during the first two seasons, so I took that out on people I shouldn’t have. I was definitely more of a bitch.” But she’s also got some advice from her fight club days to dish out. Her guidelines, if you ever get in a guidette’s face are, “Pull your hair back. You don’t want some bitch yanking on your hair.” That sort of wisdom is priceless. Lookin’ good, JWoww. Is it just us, though, or is there something wrong about her mouth on the cover shot on the right?
We’ve always thought that Vogue U.K. was far ahead of the pack, and they’ve proved us right by putting our girl crush, the generally amazo Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, on their January 2012 cover. And the shot, by Mario Testino, has her looking like herself (or as much as a Vogue cover could allow) in a pleated silk Chloe gown. By that we mean, they haven’t styled the f— out of Flo, and she looks as statuesque as ever. Of the experience, she told the magazine, “It was really fun. It was quite energetic, ’cause I had to do lots of … We were kind of going for an Isadora Duncan meets Patti Smith thing and so it involved a lot of jumping … and wind! That’s kind of good for me ’cause it keeps your energy going so I got to just run around a lot.”
There’s also a shoot inside the magazine, and they’ve stuck to a whole bohemian-hippie chic vibe. It’s all radically different from the October 2011 cover she did for Vogue Nippon, which was shot and styled by Karl Lagerfeld and was a lot stronger and more androgynous. Click after the jump to check out that photograph and tell us which cover you prefer. Read more…
Vogue France has gone completely retro with the December-January cover. That’s Kate Moss totally channeling Ziggy Stardust, and she’s spot on, especially when you compare her with David Bowie as Ziggy. This isn’t the first time Kate’s — who is a hug fan of the singer’s — done a cover as Bowie. She was on the cover styled as Bowie’s Aladdin Sane in the May 2003 Vogue UK issue.
What do you think of French Vogue‘s cover? Do you think they’ve taken a step backwards with their homage, or is their vintage style actually fashion forward?
GQ UK chose Daniel Craig for its January 2012 cover, and we can’t say we have any problem with that. And while it’s always interesting to read about his roles, whether James Bond or in the upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the real sound bites in this interview have been his opinions about the Kardashians! He leads into it by talking about privacy, or the lack of it, saying, “It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off, it’s gone. You can’t buy it back — you can’t buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. F— you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?”
And then he masterfully segues into the biggest examples he could think of to illustrate his point. Daniel held no punches as he added, “Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them. You see that and you think, ‘What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f—ing idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions?’ I’m not judging it — well, I am obviously.” Who thinks we’re going to hear from one of the Kardashians very soon, expressing surprise at Daniel’s comments? Because they were all shocked when Michelle Obamarevealed that Barack Obama didn’t want his daughters to watch their shows. Check out the gallery below to see more famous faces who aren’t keeping up with the Kardashians!
Tyra Banks is on the cover of the very artsy, Berlin-based I Love You magazine, and it’s an eye-catcher, to say the least. This is Miss Tyra’s first magazine cover in three years — the last one being Harper’s Bazaar in 2008. With the cover line “Miss Powerhouse,” the mag shows Tyra in canary-yellow, theatrical eye makeup, and the more we look at it, the more it grows on us. This is the seventh issue of the magazine and is called “The Wrong Issue.” But the question is, is this look “the wrong fit” for Tyra? Let us know if you think she’s working it.
How different does Scarlett Johansson look on these covers. The one on the left is the December issue of Vanity Fair, and the one on the right is Interview Magazine‘s December offering. We love the red hair, pink lips and soft lighting on the VF one, but it’s the sexiness of the Interview photograph that has us sold. She’s wearing Dolce & Gabbana in the shot and it’s so much more angular and harsher — right down to the darker, thicker brows — than the other cover photograph. We don’t blame either magazine for wanting to end their year with ScarJo! Which one do you prefer?