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Mario Testino and Vogue Australia’s Attempt to Profile Royalty Is Lost With This ‘Cheesy’ Cover (Forum Buzz)

Magazines have been keen to feature royalty on their covers this year (just a shame it’s not modeling royalty). British Vogue celebrated 100 years with the Duchess of Cambridge, Vogue Thailand tapped HRH Princess Sirivannavari and now Vogue Australia welcomes back Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark alongside husband Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Photographer Mario Testino photographed the momentous occasion, opting to take the couple outside for the cover shoot — which unfortunately left us underwhelmed.

Vogue Australia August 2016 : The Crown Prince & Princess of Denmark by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Our forum members weren’t afraid to let loose. “I sort of appreciate what they were going for but it doesn’t quite work out for me, it’s very busy with the dappling and the background, he’s also in a very awkward pose and appears to be squinting at the sun a little too much,” pointed out honeycombchild.

“And Vogue Australia was doing so well! I don’t know nor care about this couple but speaking about the image: it’s quite bad IMO, especially his pose and expression. Is it me or is there something wrong with the proportions?” asked a disappointed kokobombon.

In agreement was Benn98: “God, the cover is awful! Very cheap, like some paparazzi caught them en route to a gala. I literally thought it was an editorial preview until I saw the masthead. Why does it fade into the background?”

“Looks like a cover from Hello! Magazine,” laughed burbuja8910.

Also not buying it was Wintergreen: “How random and pointless. They aren’t even pretty.”

RanThe felt the same way, writing, “Vogue Australia was doing so well with their covers all year! This cover is just not pretty to look at. It’s too busy with the background and the AWKWARD ‘turnaround and smile’ shot. It’s so cheesy and very wedding-day-like.”

“Awful. Time to retire. Looks like a photo made with Testino’s mobile and some Instagram filter with some Photoshop!” exclaimed a less than impressed DutchHomme.

Oh dear. Add your own two cents and check out some previews here.