Models (instead of the usual roster of celebrities) may be British Harper’s Bazaar’s go-to cover choice lately, but it doesn’t always guarantee success. Moving on from Karen Elson, the magazine embraces Ashley Graham for the new July 2017 issue. Following her successful cover of British Vogue back in January, Ashley looks radiant on the inviting newsstand cover (below), captured by Alexi Lubomirski on location in New York. Oozing grace and confidence throughout the accompanying cover story, Ashley also appears on the magazine’s limited subscribers cover (after the jump).
As soon as the cover broke, our eagle-eyed forum members noticed something was missing from the newsstand cover. “Body confident and yet we see no body,” MON critiqued at once.
“Body confident but no body. Shame on Harpers!” echoed a less than impressed 8eight.
“Literally, could they zoom in on her face any closer?” asked a dumbfounded SpeakThatJDunn.
“She does have a fantastic face, I think, with that generic brunette beauty that worked so well for Cindy Crawford. So if this were anyone other than someone making a career out of ‘body confidence,’ I’d think it was a great cover. This trend of fashion magazines continually telling us how wonderful someone’s body is, while making a big effort to hide their body… I now put those cover stories straight into my mental wastebasket,” wrote tigerrouge.
Magsaddict disapproved also, commenting, “The whole team should be embarrassed for having the nerve to zoom in on her face while supposedly celebrating Ashley and her body. The shot also looks like the beginning of the editorial – not the cover!”
Not everyone was so disappointed, though. “Finally a cover from Harper’s Bazaar which feels fresh and somewhat relevant with what’s going on in the world (and outside the walls of a stately home). Ashley Graham’s a much-welcomed sight here,” voiced vogue28.
“I like it. She has a nice smile,” admired Sensation.
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