Elle Fanning has an unsurpassed track record on our forums. Whether the actress is serving up “fairy-tale fantasy” on American Vogue, trying a whole new look for Vogue Japan, going retro for Tatler or just serving pure beauty and grace on Marie Claire, Elle’s covers are always a hit. Three years after her debut on the publication, Elle makes a return to the cover of Vanity Fair for October 2020. Photographed by Tierney Gearon and styled by Rebecca Ramsey, the star of Hulu’s The Great poses high atop the hills of Malibu wearing a dress from Christian Dior’s Fall 2020 collection with some canine companions by her side for the breezy cover shot.
But the cover ended Elle’s winning streak. “Why does she look so annoyed? And when I scrolled down I did not expect to see those dogs, how random! Wish her pose could’ve been stronger to play up the Grecian look. This would have been stunning,” critiqued Benn98.
“Such a flat picture,” said an underwhelmed mikel.
“I love Elle and I love the styling, but how is this not an outtake? She looks beyond pissed off,” KINGofVERSAILLES pointed out.
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Also far from impressed was cottonmouth13: “What a waste of Elle Fanning. They could have done so much better considering this is her first solo cover for them. It’s more like an amateur photo that belongs to her Instagram for content purposes, but Vanity Fair decided to use it…”
“Seriously, what is happening here? Elle Fanning deserves much better,” stated dodencebt.
“I mean when you pick THIS shot as the cover, you really have no clue what you are doing!” proclaimed Miss Dalloway.
“Pretty bad when you’re upstaged by the dogs,” dfl-001 chimed in.
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