Nina Garcia transformed ELLE from the second she got her feet under the desk at Hearst Tower. Since replacing the long-serving Robbie Myers, Garcia has secured the likes of Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez as cover girls under her tenure and now closes out 2018 with none other than Michelle Obama. A total treat for December 2018, the former first lady is all smiles for photographer Miller Mobley in the refreshing newsstand cover image (below), looking like she’s having a blast in a swirling look from Christian Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection, styled by her very own Meredith Koop.
Despite the magazine’s huge scoop, a select few of our forum members weren’t here for it. “I don’t like the styling. Way too generic for a fashion magazine like ELLE. Michelle actually loves fashion, so I’m sure she’d have been up for more daring yet sophisticated looks,” Benn98 critiqued.
Also not in a hurry to the newsstand was vogue28: “A total score of a cover subject for Nina Garcia but what a total flop of a cover shoot, and while I understand ELLE might be the most cutting edge of fashion magazines out there – this just looks very Good Housekeeping.”
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“Wouldn’t totally ascribe this achievement to Nina,” replied forum member MON. “This is clearly a Hearst exclusive more than a Nina exclusive. This just goes to show that ELLE is now the flagship magazine for Hearst. Although, I wonder whether no hairstylist was available for the shoot. Goodness that hair is tragic! If this were a before and after shoot for Pantene then I’d get it. But this is a cover shoot for heaven’s sake!”
Not everyone was disappointed by the outcome. “I think Michelle looks amazing on the cover – really beautiful. She’s rarely been photographed in free movement and so relaxed. I also like that they kept the clothes and color palette simple, although we know how well Michelle wears all sorts of patterns and colors,” commented sweetpop.
“So lovely,” admired Royal-Galliano.
A missed opportunity for ELLE or a total hit? Check out Michelle’s cover feature and join the conversation here.