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You Probably Won’t Recognize Jennifer Lopez on InStyle’s May 2021 Covers

We’ve been huge advocates of Laura Brown’s InStyle from the get-go. Last year we fawned over covers starring Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo and Alicia Keys. Jodie Comer started 2021 on a high note for the American fashion glossy. But recent covers featuring Kate Hudson and Melissa McCarthy have flopped. Now the magazine picks none other than Jennifer Lopez for May 2021. Following a triumphant Allure cover, Jennifer returns to InStyle three years after her last appearance stunning on both the newsstand cover (below) and subscribers’ alternative (after the jump) both captured by Pamela Hanson and styled by Julia von Boehm.

US InStyle May 2021 : Jennifer Lopez by Pamela Hanson


According to our forum members, however, something was way off. “I refuse to believe this is Jennifer Lopez! A R&B singer from the 2000s maybe. But not J.Lo. Doesn’t look anything like her,” called out Benn98.

“Legit thought this was Jennifer Aniston…” Lucien112 chimed in.

“Somehow looks like a mix of Chrissy Teigen and Khloé Kardashian,” added Stallonation.

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“I don’t see Jennifer Lopez, but I do see a really bronzed Mandy Moore,” declared vavavinny.

Joromana also questioned the outcome: “Yikes! Definitely see the Mandy Moore resemblance as well. Doesn’t look like J.Lo at all. Feels quite commercial as well.”

“OMG, Mandy Moore for sure! I think it’s the lipstick in combination with the hair, but maybe there has been excessive retouching as well. It’s all so weird. J.Lo deserves better,” proclaimed an unimpressed dodencebt.

“What a disappointment!” exclaimed DK92.

US InStyle May 2021 : Jennifer Lopez by Pamela Hanson


Are you a fan? See more from Jennifer’s InStyle cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

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Thandiwe Newton Stars on a Pair of British Vogue Covers for May 2021

Edward Enninful likes to pick unexpected cover subjects for British Vogue. He gave Judi Dench her very first Vogue cover and now Thandiwe Newton makes her long-overdue Vogue cover appearance for May 2021. The actress reverts back to the original spelling of her name for the two covers, both photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Edward. For the newsstand cover (below), Thandiwe wears a look from Kim Jones’ debut Fendi haute couture collection then switches things up in Isabel Marant for the subscribers’ alternative (after the jump).

UK Vogue May 2021 : Thandiwe Newton by Mikael Jansson


The covers immediately ignited debate on our forums. “I imagine most people will think the cover has a typo. I would have liked something more spring/summer in vibe,” voiced 8eight.

“She really is one of the most underrated and underused actresses around, who is not only very talented, but also incredibly stylish,” admired [Piece Of Me].

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“Love this and love Thandiwe. So glad to see her on the cover,” echoed Summer Day.

THD96 shared the same sentiment: “The first cover is stunning. Thandiwe finally has the Vogue cover she deserves.”

“The first cover is astoundingly beautiful! It just looks so classic and timeless,” raved Benn98.

“The colors of the newsstand cover are gorgeous, love the richness of the purple and Mikael Jansson’s lighting here. It really is a beautiful and rather flawless cover photograph. In stark comparison, however, the subscribers’ cover is an eyesore. The red filter and pose are atrocious!” vogue28 called out.

UK Vogue May 2021 : Thandiwe Newton by Mikael Jansson


Check out some previews of Thandiwe’s cover feature and join the conversation here.

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Rosé Makes Her Vogue Australia Cover Debut for April 2021

Blackpink continues to dominate the global fashion industry. Lisa is a Celine ambassador, Jennie is the face of Chanel Beauty in Korea, Jisoo was handpicked by Christian Dior and Anthony Vaccarello snapped up Rosé for Saint Laurent. After being featured in the French fashion house’s Fall 2020 advertising campaign, Rosé now makes her debut as a Vogue Australia cover star for April 2021. Christine Centenera selected a look from Saint Laurent’s Spring 2021 collection for the K-pop sensation to rock for the cover shot while striking a pose up against a pink backdrop before the lens of Peter Ash Lee.

Vogue Australia April 2021 : Rosé by Peter Ash Lee


Australian Vogue‘s latest divided our forum members. “A very pedestrian cover. They didn’t do her beauty any justice. Pose and expression look awkward. The concept is too literal. Art direction, a disaster,” critiqued MON.

“A mixture of black and pink for a girl who’s in a girl group called Blackpink looks tacky,” added crmsnsnwflks.

“Terrible cover, looks like she’s engulfed in a strawberry milkshake. I’m actually a big Vogue Australia fan, but this cover is a hard pass for me. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that the art direction doesn’t work. Better change it up again…” voiced Benn98.

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“I’m just pleasantly surprised Vogue Australia has had two covers featuring Asian stars in the past five months,” appreciated mathiaskatz.

“The black and pink is way too literal for my taste, especially since this is a solo cover. It’s certainly not a bad cover by recent Vogue Australia standards, though,” admitted KINGofVERSAILLES.

“A million and one times better than last month’s Gemma Ward cover! Don’t mind this whatsoever, love the combination of the black and pink, will always love the sight of that Saint Laurent collection and I can appreciate the minimal art direction. No complaints here!” raved vogue28.

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Achenrin Madit, Abby Champion and Mona Tougaard Strike Several Strong Poses in Zara’s Spring 2021 Campaign

Steven Meisel has photographed Zara’s campaigns since Spring 2017. Many showstopping images later, the partnership clearly remains strong. Now Meisel along with Karl Templer travel to the California desert for Spring 2021. Achenrin Madit, Abby Champion along with Mona Tougaard also made the trip. Each strikes especially fierce poses for the absolutely dazzling images.

Zara S/S 2021 : Abby, Mona & Achenrin by Steven Meisel


Of course, our forum members are certainly fans. “I’m getting Karolina Kurkova and Caroline Ribeiro by Meisel and I’m all for it,” declared helmutnotdead.

“As usual, Zara’s advertising campaign is far superior than most high-fashion brands…” added an unquestionably psyched vogue28.

“The fact that they just upstaged like each and every single of the top brands’ campaigns with a single shot speaks volumes. Each shot is simply a masterpiece!” exclaimed an obviously thrilled aracic.

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“Thank you Steven, us fashion lovers truly appreciate someone who can actually take good photos,” said bluestar.

Valentine27 was clearly impressed, too. “Wow, this is glorious. Zara x Steven Meisel is setting the bar pretty high!”

“The images are stunning. The clothes look luxurious and expensive,” admired guimon.

“Beautiful and really beyond anything else anyone is doing right now,” shared an especially pleased Fiercification.

Zara S/S 2021 : Abby, Mona & Achenrin by Steven Meisel


See the decidedly stellar campaign here.

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Gisele Bündchen’s Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 Covers Look Awfully Familiar

This year is looking bright for Vogue Hong Kong and it’s all thanks to Kat Yeung’s impeccable choice of cover stars. We were treated to a model extravaganza for February and the mag gave us Kate Moss on three covers last month. Now Gisele Bündchen makes an appearance for April. The team traveled to Costa Rica for the occasion with the supermodel decked out in three looks from Christian Dior’s Spring 2021 collection (picked by stylist Bobette Cohn) photographed among the lush wilderness by Kevin O’Brien for three collectible covers.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 : Gisele Bündchen by Kevin O'Brien


The covers immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “Geez, I predicted this would be the same hippie crap Gisele has been giving us over the past decade. Regardless she is very beautiful and the second cover is probably the best one,” said GERGIN.

“She looks good… The ‘Mother Earth’ role she has been playing is just tiresome at this point. Serve us some fierce glamazon please,” pleaded THD96.

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“You can not convince me that these are not recycled from her past ‘nature lover‘ photoshoots from the last couple of years,” 90sbea pointed out.

“I refuse to believe that it’s a new shoot,” echoed mikel.

“She looks gorgeous in these images, though I do feel like I’ve seen this already,” agreed Joromana.

Urban Stylin shared the same sentiment: “Gisele for the sustainable issue with lots of greenery, so groundbreaking! She looks good, especially in the second cover, but it’s all predictable.”

“She looks beautiful on all three covers, but I would have liked to have seen something different from her,” noted Sensation.

Vogue Hong Kong April 2021 : Gisele Bündchen by Kevin O'Brien


Which cover do you prefer? Share your thoughts on Vogue Hong Kong’s latest here.

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Vogue Japan’s May 2021 Cover Makes Us Want to Switch Places With Imaan Hammam

As a result of the ongoing global health crisis, travel isn’t on the agenda for the vast majority of us. But we’re living vicariously through the covers and pages of our favorite fashion glossies. After Vogue Paris transported us to Mexico, Vogue Japan is now taking us back to the Italian region of Puglia with its May 2021 cover shoot. Firm forum favorite Imaan Hammam returns to the Japanese fashion bible this month. Captured by photographic duo Luigi & Iango and styled by Anna Dello Russo, the Dutch beauty lounges in a glitzy Burberry dress and heels for the glam and summery shot.

Vogue Japan May 2021 : Imaan Hammam by Luigi & Iango


“Gorgeous! It’s so summery and glamorous,” raved KINGofVERSAILLES.

“Love it! Looks very luxe and summery,” echoed Benn98.

“This is fabulous! Perfect for summertime and Imaan looks like a dream,” said [Piece Of Me].

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Mrs.T was also quick to show the cover some love: “That’s why models need to be on the cover of fashion magazines! No Instagram stars, celebs, influencers…just models!”

“I’m speechless, this is amazing! Imaan is one of those rare models of our times who truly knows how to strike a pose and give face,” applauded FashionMuseDior.

“Oh, I love this. This is very striking indeed! Vogue Japan is really reinventing itself by slowly veering away from the studio shots. As much as I love their studio covers, the last few outdoor covers were pleasantly decent,” MON pointed out.

“Amazing cover, Imaan looks gorgeous…” voiced burbuja8910.

Imaan’s cover feature is a total must-see. Check it out, see what else Vogue Japan’s latest has to offer and share your thoughts here.