Ever since V Magazine celebrated its 100th issue, our forums have had a rocky relationship with the title, which has served up some questionable covers over recent months. The cast of The Neon Demon managed to thrill us on the cover of the last issue, but V Magazine has taken two steps backward with the unveiling of its latest. For its Fall 2016 edition, Mario Testino was brought in as the photographer of choice, capturing Taylor Hill straddling Troye Sivan (below) and Lucky Blue Smith with Kacy Hill for issue 103’s two covers.
It’s safe to say that magazine covers have been a total disaster this month. “Literally no redeeming feature for me whatsoever. And it’s odd that Testino managed to make his own work look like a cheaper and inferior version of the original. It’s as awkward and overwhelming as his Vogue China cover,” disapproved Benn98.
“Testino’s imagery is outdated to the point of being cartoonish. Who still thinks that a pant-less woman sitting on top of a man is ‘sexy’ or ‘fierce’? And to make it worse, whoever cast this story is insane,” Marc10 chimed in.
Forum member zoom wasn’t exactly ecstatic, either: “Seems anyone can snag a cover nowadays. Which is OK as long as they look great and the images work. This latex plastic disaster looks like a sideshow at the carnival. Rough in every way. V Magazine needs an update and Testino needs a break.”
Sharing the same attitude was EstefaniaAbaddon, commenting, “Who cares about the kids, this is just another Testino fail.”
“Terrible, just terrible. Nothing about any of this is redeemable. The awful cast. Testino looking amateur again. Ugh,” wrote a dumbfounded SpeakThatJDunn.
“Poor Taylor. The girl is beautiful but she’s absolutely wasted in this,” pointed out a horrified liv4beauty.
“Uh… Well… At least Taylor looks good?” deemed a stunned lelaid.
See Testino’s accompanying cover story and sound off here.