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The Glossies: April 2011 Best and Worst Covers

April magazine covers

Another month, another Kim Kardashian cover. This month, the reality star covers Self magazine talking about, what else, her curves, fitness regime, and body insecurities. On the plus side, the reality star looks more relaxed and less caked in makeup and Photoshop-ed to the extreme than one might have expected.

Looking sleek, sophisticated, and cool as ever, Gwen Stefani took to the Elle UK cover with piercing eyes and gorgeous plum lips, while Rachel Zoe, also with a plum lip, showed off her baby belly on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s Style issue.

David Beckham took to the covers of L.A. Confidendial and the Spring/Summer Fantastic Man cover with quite the cerebral glare.

Rihanna similarly did double duty leaving little to the imagination in denim printed shorts made of chain mail on the cover of Rolling Stone (hey at least it’s something different), and on the cover of Vogue in Chanel. She may be oddly positioned in the latter, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, but her flaming red hair more than makes up for it.

The doubly duty work didn’t stop there, with Abbie Cornish gracing the cover of Marie Claire (alongside Bradley Cooper, who oddly was not looking his best with an overly excited grin), and Nylon Magazine (Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Browning, Jena Malone, and Jamie Chung also got their own April 2011 Nylon covers – the actresses all star in Sucker Punch).

Were glossies short on cover stars this month? Jane Eyre star Mia Wasikowska works the mod look on this month’s BlackBook magazine cover with an oversized Michael Kors necklace and graphic eye makeup, and she cover this month’s W magazine alongside her co-star Michael Fassbender.

When it comes to oddball expressions, Matthew McConaughey on this month’s Esquire and Alessandra Ambrosio on the cover of GQ Brazil, with a blade strapped to her leg, take the cake. In the same vein, it’s unfortunate that Harper’s Bazaar opted to put Courtney Cox on the cover of its “Fabulous at Every Age” issue, not only because Cox has been widely criticized for her copious amounts of Botox, but because the image they opted for looks more like a tabloid shot than anything worthy of being on one of the world’s most well known glossies.

InStyle opted for Tina Fey for their April issue and were it not for the fact that it was billed as the “color” issue, the cover would have been fine. Under the rainbow “COLOR” header however, Fey’s color-blocked outfit fell flat (Amanda Seyfried faired better on the cover of Elle, ironically wearing the same color-blocked dress that Fey dons inside InStyle). Also falling flat when it came to color was Kate Winslet’s British Vogue cover, but in this case it was her platinum blond updo that’s to blame. The magazine would have been better served showing off the Roland Mouret dress the actress was sporting.

The star who might regret her glossy cover this month the most, however, may well be Ashley Greene. Though there was nothing wrong with the high-wasited floral swimsuit she opted for (even if it could have done without the pink cover-up), reading the interview in Glamour UK in which the starlette gushes about Joe Jonas (the two split by the time the magazine hit newsstands), is mildly cringe-worthy.