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Gwen Stefani Covers the January Issue of Vogue in Saint Laurent Paris (Forum Buzz)

Vogue is kicking off 2013 with a glittering gold cover photographed by Annie Liebovitz featuring Gwen Stefani in a look by Saint Laurent Paris. Putting Gwen on the cover always seems like a smart move. A rock chick with her own sense of style that generations of girls can look up to? What’s not to like? As Fiercification described, “Gwen is someone who I really love for relatively nondescript reasons; she seems to follow her own line of thinking as far as music and her image go without alienating the mainstream.”

Other forum members seemed equally smitten with Gwen and the cover. “I love this, Gwen looks incredible,” MulletProof commented. “Such a childhood/teenage years legend and [she] only keeps getting better as time goes by.”

“Oh I really love this one,” Marc10 posted. “Gwen is one of my favorite celebrities and that Saint Laurent outfit is one of my favorites from the season, so it's a winner combo me.”

I, myself, have a total girl crush on Gwen, so this cover is great despite my lack of enthusiasm for Hedi Slimane’s much-hyped debut collection for Saint Laurent Paris. The fact that Gwen is kind of making me like the look is a testament to how likable she is, and how well she works the clothes she’s wearing.

In addition to Gwen, you can expect to see an editorial featuring Carolyn Murphy and Karen Elson photographed by Steven Klein, and styled by Grace Coddington; Edie Campbell and Karlie Kloss in a 60s-style editorial photographed by Craig McDean, and styled by Camilla Nickerson; and Cara Delevingne in an editorial photographed by Boo George. There are plenty of reasons to get this issue, and all of them are good.