Thursday, 22 December 2011

Please put models back on magazine covers!

I am sure I am not the only person in the World who would like to see real fashion models on the covers of fashion magazines. I am very disappointed with magazine editors thinking that the only thing that sells nowadays is celebrity, putting singers, actresses and not-even-sure-what-esses (Alexa Chung?) on their covers. Even the ultimate fashion bible Vogue has gone down that route, featuring the likes of Cheryl Cole, Vanessa Paradis and Emma Watson on its 2011 covers.

When I buy a fashion magazine, it obviously means that I am interested in fashion and I buy this magazine because I want to look at beautiful photo shoots and drool over amazing garments, hand picked by experienced stylists and fashion editors. I don’t want to see another pouting actress or Z-list celebrity gushing about their latest venture. If I want to read about celebs, I buy National Enquirer or Heat magazine, not Vogue or In Style.

The only stunning model covers I remember from this year were Grazia’s Big Fashion Issue in September, In Style December cover with Iris Strubegger, Vogue May issue with Natalia Vodianova and Company High Street Edit Spring/Summer 2011 cover featuring an unknown (to me) model. That’s it! Of course there were more but these are the ones that came to mind first, meaning they left the biggest impression for me.

I am not sure why this is but probably simply because of our current celebrity culture. Gossip magazines sell like hot cakes and I am guessing the fashion industry wants to get a chunk of that demand. I have previously expressed my dislike about famous people becoming overnight fashion designers and beauty gurus, now they have even taken over my magazines!

What do you, dear readers think? Do you agree with me or do you like seeing celebs on your monthly glossies covers?  


  1. So and so, you know. I don't care much for the singers on the covers, but I actually love to see actresses instead of models (not all actresses, but many of them). It's just that they bring so much more to the cover simply because they have this extra talent or ability. They often look better and more interesting that most of the models and they don+ t have to try so hard because acting is what they do for their living (models are actresses as well but lets be honest, whenever a model star in a movie, itś often a very poor performance. But when an actress is on the cover, then they do a grate job).
    So yeah, I enjoy actresses on the covers due to this extra something they naturally bring to the shoots.

  2. That's a good point :) Thank you for your comment!

  3. My pleasure. But I have to correct myself a bit. There is one great model, who is as great of a singer and actress as she is a model - Grace Jones :)