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Winnie Harlow Does ‘Quintessential ELLE’ for UK ELLE’s May Issue

UK ELLE earns high points for regularly embracing a diverse range of cover subjects (more so than other magazines, at least). Following a less than impressive Alicia Vikander cover last month, model Winnie Harlow stars on the publication’s May cover. Powering on through with its redesign, British ELLE‘s Anne-Marie Curtis commissioned long-term ELLE contributor Gilles Bensimon to photograph the cover this month. The team ventured to Thailand for the occasion, shooting Winnie in Gucci for two vibrant, glam rock-inspired covers.

UK Elle May 2018 : Winnie Harlow by Gilles Bensimon


Our forum members were instantly impressed. “Expected to hate it, but it looks great, actually!” confessed Benn98 the moment the covers came to light. “Glad to see they’re back to the redesign direction, and I like the composition.”

“Love love those oblique 80s style fonts… classic ELLE!” heralded kasper.

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Also appreciative of ELLE‘s bold color scheme was tigerrouge, saying, “I love the crazy glam rock rainbow cover (below). It’s the sort of riot I want to see sitting out on the newsstand as an antidote to all those gray backgrounds we’ve been seeing recently.”

“I knew it was by Gilles! This cover screams 80s/Bensimon’s trademark,” ivavo chimed in.

“Gilles is ELLE! I hope Nina [Garcia] brings him back to the American edition. They’d be a great team,” shared A.D.C.

Apple couldn’t have agreed more, posting, “Love all the covers here! Classic ELLE!”

“The second cover is gorgeous! I also like the 80s feel of the first one but the text is a bit messy,” admitted frk-frost.

UK Elle May 2018 : Winnie Harlow by Gilles Bensimon


Take a look at Winnie’s cover story, see what else the issue has to offer and share your thoughts here.