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Zendaya’s January Allure Cover Was a Missed Opportunity to Showcase Her ‘Fierce’ Attitude

Allure succumbed to the Gigi Hadid craze with its December cover and now, the beauty bible’s first edition of the new year also features one of 2016’s most talked-about personalities. Zendaya (who isn’t a stranger to making headlines when appearing on magazine covers) makes her Allure debut photographed by Jason Kibbler. The 20-year-old works soaking wet hair, a vivid pink lip and a vibrant silk Christian Dior dress while posing under the warm Malibu sunshine.

Allure January 2017 : Zendaya by Jason Kibbler


But everything from the styling to the photography was just too much for our tastes. “Oh dear…” sighed KissMiss the second the cover came to light.

“It is beyond me how they managed to turn such a fierce young woman into a total snoozefest. Zendaya usually oozes attitude, what happened?” questioned a horrified dodencebt.

Also quick to show their disapproval was gazebo, exclaiming, “She looks 87 years old!”

“I love the tagline about an icon in the making when I still don´t know what she does, never seen/hear her anywhere! I don’t like the styling but I love the set,” admitted kokobombon.

Vogue28 felt the same way, echoing, “I too have no idea what Zendaya does and I’ve just had to do a Google search to double check. Still no further forward…but I do know for a fine fact that she looks far older than her 20 years of age here. The styling and harsh photography/lighting doesn’t flatter Zendaya whatsoever. A major flop for Allure this month!”

“The cover could’ve been better, but it’s ruined by those harsh eyebrows. They should’ve gone with the second edit shot, IMO. Any proper editor with a feeling for beauty would’ve gone with that, but Michelle [Lee] comes from Nylon and CosmoGirl,” Benn98 added.

See more from Zendaya’s Allure cover shoot and join the conversation here.