Out of the 23 international editions of Vogue, Vogue Paris is the most predictable of the bunch. In 2019 alone, we’ve encountered Rianne Van Rompaey a total of three times and Erika Linder twice down at the newsstand. We expected to see one of the two regulars help the French fashion bible round out the year. But the mag threw us a curveball by having French-Belgian actress Virginie Efira guest edit its holiday issue, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Karl Lagerfeld and Vanessa Paradis. Rocking a Veronica Lake-inspired hairstyle, glossy makeup and a sequined Saint Laurent number, Virginie poses before the lens of Mikael Jansson for the chic cover shot.
The vast majority of our forum members had no clue who Virginie was. “I googled her because I don’t know who she is and I’m really impressed. She’s gorgeous, the cover is stunning. Always great to see someone unexpected on Vogue Paris,” approved jorgepalomo.
“After umpteen covers from Alt with the same faces, I can appreciate the sight of someone new on the cover of Vogue Paris, but I also have absolutely zero clue who Virginie Efira is (did immediately think it was Kate Moss upon first glance — or Sofia Richie). Nevertheless, I’m a fan of how festive and glamorous the cover feels…” echoed vogue28.
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“I’m beyond shocked! This is literally the first time that Vogue Paris has a celebrity that has a real mainstream popularity as a cover woman. I kinda like it! The cover is chic, safe and festive,” commented Lola701.
Valentine27 felt the same way: “Virginie Efira on the cover of Vogue Paris. Now that’s a shock! Never thought I’d ever witness this! Incredible and quite unbelievable to be honest. I’m very happy for her. She’s a great actress and a beautiful woman. Finally we get someone drastically different.”
“That’s a beautiful and chic cover. Very Vogue Paris,” proclaimed mepps.
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