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A Radiant Natalie Portman Fronts the August Issue of Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

Magazines think they’re doing us a favor by producing double issues, but on our forums, we only think of it as another whole month we have to wait for the next cover reveal. The August 2015 edition of Harper’s Bazaar dropped earlier today featuring a beautiful and radiant Natalie Portman, who suddenly feels like a refreshing cover subject for the American title. The Norman Jean Roy shoot certainly feels like a breath of fresh air as the actress warms her skin under natural sunlight wearing a pink Prada number on the newsstand cover (left), while showcasing a full-length gown on the cover for subscribers (right).

US Harper's Bazaar August 2015 Natalie Portman by Norman Jean Roy

IMAGE: GLOSSYNEWSSTAND.COM

Forum members immediately began to sing Bazaar‘s praises. “Stunning! Best Bazaar covers this year,” zoom announced right away.

“This is all I expect from Bazaar. Easy, simple, glamour. Give me lovely looking girls and settings and I’ll forgive them for no longer producing iconic work,” added A.D.C.

“It’s lovely, but what sort of weird shadow is going on, in the newsstand shot?” asked tigerrouge as the attitude started to go south.

Also noticing the blunder was MON: “This is above their standards. She looks beautiful, but what on earth is up with that shadow? Is this a studio shot edited to look like an outdoor shot? The shadow is beyond laughable. Anyway, the subscribers cover is fabulous! Although it doesn’t look realistic, it’s just so elegant.”

Forum member honeycombchild wasn’t so forgiving, either. “The fake shadow on the newsstand is awful. Shame, could have been beautiful. The subscribers shot is a great idea but to be picky, she should have been dropped further down into the composition I feel,” he noted.

“Both covers are stunning, surprisingly,” Style Savvy shared as things got back on track.

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