InStyle is one of the hottest magazines on newsstands right now and it’s all thanks to Laura Brown and her knack for securing the best cover subjects. Toward the end of last year, Jennifer Aniston, Elle Fanning and Renée Zellweger were picked for covers and last month, the mag kicked off 2020 with a series of Salma Hayek, Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne covers. Olivia Wilde is Brown’s latest cover conquest, starring on the title’s February 2020 issue serving up tons of Old Hollywood style. Shot by Pamela Hanson and styled by Karla Welch, the Booksmart director wears Christian Dior in the newsstand cover (below) and suits up in Max Mara for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump).
“A true contender for the least flattering photo of Olivia Wilde I’ve ever seen,” declared KINGofVERSAILLES the moment the first cover dropped.
In the same frame of mind was Handbag Queen: “I think she’s naturally very beautiful, but these photos don’t make her shine at all.”
“Who the f did she piss off?” wondered MON.
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“‘Badass Women’…so we will dress her like a typical 50s housewife — the go-to style for archaic anti-feminism,” called out Kite.
“Wait…they did THAT to her face? Come on now, that is just upsetting!” proclaimed Miss Dalloway.
“What a shame, this turned out to be an eyesore. I don’t mind Olivia Wilde, can’t complain about the retro styling (with the exception of the tulle skirt shot) and actually like how the Christian Dior looks in the cover image, but can’t fathom how this went so wrong,” expressed vogue28.
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