Harper’s Bazaar sure is loving pop stars (and the color red) while celebrating its year-long 150th anniversary. Lady Gaga and Madonna have both been given covers and now it’s Rihanna’s turn for March 2017. Marking her third cover appearance for the glossy, Rihanna goes blonde for photographer Mariano Vivanco’s first Bazaar cover shoot. Rihanna smolders on the newsstand cover (below), while on the subscribers cover (after the jump), she stands atop a vintage aircraft in a nod to the magazine’s heritage.
Unfortunately, our forum members weren’t sold on the concept. “Why are magazine editors acting like there’s only five singers, five actresses and five models that need to be used over and over and over again? Honestly? I don’t like the cover, the hair looks too messy for my taste and I don’t like different shades of red,” complained KateTheGreatest the moment the cover dropped.
“Mariano Vivanco, really? So basically Bazaar is now at the level of Vogue Mexico or Brazil? So sad, just when you think they can’t fall any further, they do,” added a disapproving A.D.C.
Also unenthusiastic about the cover was Benn98: “Cheap and tacky!! No redeeming feature here whatsoever, and they dared to even mention Amelia Earheart in this piece! Preposterous!”
GivenchyHomme was underwhelmed too. “I feel like we’ve seen this editorial a million times. It’s so unoriginal and boring. I think it’s about time for Harper’s Bazaar to have a major shakeup,” he declared.
“This is gorgeous, yes for this!” TeeVanity raved, disagreeing with everyone else.
“I actually really like all of it,” confessed LastNight, going on to write, “The cover is beautiful and there are some great shots in the editorial. It’s very cohesive and has a nice narrative to it, which I enjoy because so many shoots seem so choppy and all over the place these days.”
See more from Rihanna’s cover shoot and add your own two cents here.