We couldn’t get over just how miserable Natalia Vodianova looked on Porter‘s last issue, but for the Summer 2017 edition, Net-a-Porter’s magazine serves up the perfect seasonal cover. Gracing the cover for the first time is fashion’s undeniable It girl, Bella Hadid. Photographed in the Bahamas by controversial photographer Terry Richardson, Bella (who’s certainly no stranger to the newsstand) looks serene — and just a bit sunburned — in the unretouched cover photo wearing minimal makeup and a windblown updo.
The moment the cover struck, our forum members ignited a fierce debate. “Why do these women’s magazines (especially Porter, one of the smarter ones) keep using Terry?! Not buying!” posted an enraged t-rex.
“I find it appalling that a magazine that sells [itself] on the fact it is filled with, and is produced for, smart and intelligent women, looks to Richardson to shoot a cover for it. He’s as bad a photographer as he seems to be a human being. Anyone could have shot this image, Bella’s natural beauty is what is displayed here, no expertise of camera work,” fumed honeycombchild. (more…)