We all know former Spice Girl, Vitoria Beckham, is known for being nothing less than “posh” at all times. (pun intended) But in her double cover for Vogue UK, Beckham being the first to receive this honor, is a little less posh than her and her admirers are accustomed to.
Editor Alexandra Schulman explained that the shoot was inspired by poet, author and gardener Vita Sackville which is why the shoot was a little less glam than usual.
Beckham was fittingly styled in wool, tweed and even wellies along with other gardening appropriate attire while being posed alongside a wheelbarrow and doing remedial tasks such as dog walking and yard work.
Though these might not be the everyday tasks of super-star turned model turned designer she looks amazing doing them. Makes us want to pick up some sweaters and gardening tools if you know what I’m saying.
The beautiful spread was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and the August issue of Vogue UK hits newsstands July 17.
Trust me, you won’t want to miss your favorite Brit being ideally British.
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Lupita Nyong’o was EVERYWHERE for quite a while, especially after the Academy Awards, but news surrounding her has seemed to quiet down in the last couple of months. But that silence has ended now that Lupita has landed her first ever Vogue cover for the July 2014 issue. In the issue she claims, ”It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me—before I recognized them!”
Looks like this is the year of Lupita!
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This July – on stands June 17th – ELLE will be publishing their first ever Social Issue and who better to represent social media than one of the hottest and most hilarious social media users in the biz.
Anna Kendrick, who has 1.4 million followers on Instagram and 2.5 million followers on Twitter, was chosen for the cover because she somehow makes her extraordinary life seem relatable to all the other people in the world with more ordinary lives.
It sure wasn’t a surprise to all of us – in office – who follow her and know we can look to her to find witty and more than occasionally “LOL” worthy status updates.
Besides the amazing jaw-dropping spread, Kendrick also talks about her unique sex appeal and some of her outlooks on life and love. (All of which you can get daily insights on if you follow her social media)
Today however, she will be lending her one-of-a-kind charm to ELLE’s social media handles for a takeover that is sure to be a good one. Be sure to follow both their Twitter and Instagram not only today but throughout the entire month for plenty of social “surprises”!
You can also follow the buzz with the hashtag they are promoting with this issue: #ellesocialissue
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As I am assuming you all remember Pharrell Williams, earlier this year, made quite the fashion statement with his choice in headwear at the Grammy’s. Yes, the Vivienne Westwood hat, that is the one we are referring to. Well, turns out Pharrell decided to ditch his newly signature accessory for something a little different on the latest cover of Elle UK.
The new accessory is in the form of a Native American styled headdress.
No doubt, the photo is amazing, but the Native American community is a very protective one and has not had the best reaction to his latest fashion choice. Taking to social media, many have voiced their concern and disapproval of the accessory.
Now, we know there has been some controversy in the past with the Native American community finding dislike in young Coachella-goers sporting headdresses to festivals and such, but maybe this isn’t as bad.
A headdress in Native American culture has spiritual and historical value but has now become somewhat of a fashionable item. The fact that people of other cultures are finding beauty in the headdresses I do not believe is the problem, but instead the way they are being worn and for what purposes. Sometimes lines have to be drawn, it is only a matter of deciding those lines.
Playing devil’s advocate however, we know sometimes it is not always the talents choice to wear certain pieces when working on a cover shoot of this sort. Perhaps this one isn’t totally his fault? What do you guys think?
Miss the Arby’s hat or do you dig the headdress?
Mobile Alabama is where Time Magazine’s newest cover star hails from. Laverne Cox spent her time there being bullied and was harassed for quite some time due to her feminine appearance. In due time, she claimed herself as transgender and made the move from the little town of Mobile to NYC, which worked in her favor as she is now a well-known cast member of the hit drama Orange is the New Black. In addition to having immense success in her career, Laverne selflessly uses her spotlight to help the trans movement as a public leader. In an interview she explained, “I think what [people] need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia.”
With this cover, history is being made as Laverne is the first transgender person to ever be on the cover of TIME. Kudos to you Laverne!
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For all pop music lovers and faux lesbianism, this moment is huge. Since we heard Katy Perry having kissed a girl (and liking it) we haven’t really seen her in such a blatantly dirty context till now! Steven Klein shoots the pair in his signature style: incorporating lots of bondage gear and sex appeal. Could this duo create a single together? Please, we wouldn’t mind at all.
The issue drops on Memorial Day, but we’ve provided you with photos from the editorial for a sneak peak.
Images via V Mag
Hedi Slimane, known mainly for being the creative director of Saint Laurent, was once a pretty amazing photographer. The creative director has shot for various covers such as Dazed and Confused and Vogue Russia. He’s now making a powerful comeback with his amazing shoot of Angelina Jolie in Elle magazine for her 16-page editorial. The Maleficent star wears chic Saint Laurent ensembles for the shoot in addition to which she reveals quite a bit about her personal life, raising her children and even her love life in the interview portion of the article. She recently teamed up with Stella McCartney to design and produce an amazing Maleficent themed clothing line for children. The shots in the spread are breathtaking and she’s definitely in the running to be this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday…..
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Marie Claire has named, not one, but FIVE cover girls for its May “Young Hollywood” issue. These young ladies are arguably the most talented and talked about in the industry right now, three of them have already worked together in Miu Miu’s spring 2014 campaign. Among the cover girls are Kate Mara of House of Cards, Elle Fanning playing Sleeping Beauty in the upcoming movie Maleficent, Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Elizabeth Olsen who is starring in the new Godzilla movie. Their spread in the magazine includes a little bit of their own fashion taste and thoughts on fashion trends and tips. In addition, there are personal interviews and an inside scoop on what each of these ladies are hoping for in their futures. The issue is photographed by amazing photographer, Cedric Buchet.
These talented and fashionable ladies are the ones to keep an eye out for sure.
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When you think power, who comes to mind? Beyonce came to mind for Out magazine, which is why she is gracing the cover of their May 2014 POWER issue. Channeling Marilyn Monroe, Bey looks gorgeous as always in a platinum blonde bob, sultry makeup, and nothing but strands of pearls hanging off her neck. This is the queen’s first major cover since the surprise release of her self-titled album in December. Bey is definitely known for playing things her way so it makes sense that she would make us wait all this time for a cover release after the insanely successful self-titled album. In the magazine, Mrs. Carter talks about sexual liberation and equality. When asked about the making of her album, Bey said she was mindful of her wide crowd of listeners (men, women, the LGBT community), but still wanted to make the album personal and a true expression of herself. ”I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle.”
Beyonce spoke very openly about her feelings on double standards, women’s sexuality, liberation, and feminism, providing us a better understanding of her blatant sexuality in songs like “Partition” and “Flawless”. Hoping her latest album opened up the conversation to sexual liberation, Bey told Out magazine,”There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”
She later went on to express her feelings on equality saying, “…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”
We couldn’t agree more and if we must admit, this just makes us love Bey more. All hail queen B!
images via Out Magazine
Miley Cyrus has been no stranger to covers of magazines. In this year alone, she has graced the covers of W, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Love, and now Elle. One could say this is Miley’s year, if she is not being talked about via her millions of followers on social media, then she is on the lips of news anchors, TV hosts, and us regular people. Her erratic behavior and I-dont-give-a-f*ck attitude has sparked interest in society, leaving us interested in every aspect of her life.
Miley graces the cover in a pre-order ensemble by Marc Jacobs priced at $13,400. Probably looking the most covered up we have seen her in a while, Miley flaunts an embroidered tunic and matching flared pants. According to Fashionista, more than 1.1 million copies of the Wrecking Ball star’s March Cosmopolitan issue were sold and we are guessing Elle will have the same success.
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