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Hooray for Freja! But, What’s the Deal with this Vogue Paris Cover? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Paris May 2013 - Freja Beha Erichsen by Inez & Vinoodh

Forum members were excited to see that Freja Beja Erichsen is French Vogue’s cover subject for May, but I think it’s safe to say that this cover will not go down as one of her career highlights. It’s really been too long since she was in the spotlight, but couldn’t her reemergence have been a whole lot better? What’s the deal with this Inez & Vinoodh–photographed image?

“First off, FREJA!!!! VogueDisciple93 exclaimed. "But this is an awful cover, some of the worst styling I've seen. Just a cacophony of patterns and colors – WHY IS THAT LEOPARD THING THERE? This isn't punk, this is ugly.”

Luxx commented: “This cover is a mess and having a good model can't save it from itself. I don't care who is on the cover, the pose, the horrible leopard print, even the ensemble – none of it is working for me.”

Mat Cyruss called out Freja’s “strange pose” and the “pattern nightmare” on the cover as particular eye-sores.

I’ve tried to be a defender of Vogue Paris and Emmanuelle Alt since she took over as Editor-in-Chief, but there’s really no defending this. Freja’s giving great face, but that’s nowhere near enough to make this cover work. 

Image via Vogue Paris