Despite Harper’s Bazaar not being the most creative, cutting edge or riveting fashion magazine on newsstands, Glenda Bailey still has some serious pull with the A-list crowd. In 2019 alone, the mag has counted Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, Serena Williams and Demi Moore as Harper’s Bazaar cover stars. Angelina Jolie helps the publication close the chapter on 2019 by returning to the American title for the double December/January edition a little over two years after her last appearance. Photographed by Sølve Sundsbø with Patrick Mackie on styling duties, the actress stars on the newsstand cover (below) wearing a barely visible gold chain Oscar de la Renta dress. For the striking subscribers’ offering (after the jump), Angelina covers up with a white veil.
But our forum members won’t be dashing down to the newsstand anytime soon. “I find the composition and cropping most criminal. How on earth is Glenda Bailey allowed to prosper? And Angelina’s covers are becoming painfully generic. Fail!” Benn98 exclaimed the moment the cover dropped.
“The first cover is just so bad and really unflattering,” echoed Nomar.
“She looks possessed on the cover,” mikel pointed out.
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Lola701 wasn’t excited by the outcome, either: “It’s quite terrible! It’s so terrible that it becomes funny!”
“Sølve Sundsbø and team failed to deliver the goods with this one. Yet I can admit the subscribers’ cover is far superior as opposed to the atrocious newsstand alternative! Angelina looks…frozen and static (just like me sitting here in total shock over how bad this all is),” voiced vogue28.
“A softer expression — a hint of a smile — would have gone a long way, but I’ll still take this shot over many of the other covers they’ve produced this year,” reasoned tigerrouge.
Fiercification was one of the few dissenters. “I’m honestly not mad. Her expression is a bit tragic on the cover, but at least there are nice shots in the veil. And thank God she’s not dressed like an executive again, for once!”
Check out Angelina’s cover shoot and join the ongoing debate here.