Vogue received a virtual standing ovation from our forums for Ruth Negga‘s January cover. Unfortunately, not so much for February. Since it was rumored to be Viola Davis‘ month, our forums were disappointed to see Dakota Johnson on the newly revealed cover. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Fifty Shades actress makes a return appearance to US Vogue, exactly two years after her last, sporting a fresh new hairstyle while wearing Proenza Schouler.
Per usual, our forum members voiced their opinions loud and clear. “So much better than her first one by Testino. No interest in Dakota or her movie though,” said Miss Dalloway the second the cover came to light.
“See, I knew she was going to get the cover for February and watch her get Glamour for March again or Cosmo. This is 1000% better than her last cover which was so bad, but why not Viola Davis?” asked RanThe.
Benn98 wasn’t much of an admirer. “Nope, still not on board. I thought her first cover was bad. This doesn’t look like Vogue at all, very amateur. Anna [Wintour] is clearly over it,” he wrote.
“So this means Viola didn’t book any covers leading up to the Oscars? Insanity,” ranted honeycombchild.
Also quick to disapprove was Nymphaea: “Trying to be hip and young, but it’s not working because US Vogue isn’t hip and young. I particularly don’t like her hairstyle, it’s trying too hard to fit the styling of the clothes.”
Dodencebt pointed out Dakota’s hair too, writing, “I refuse to believe it is actually Dakota who scored February again for another disastrous movie. And even if I wasn’t annoyed by this I still would have hated the cover. The wig is repulsive!”
“That Midwest mom hairdo kills the whole thing for me,” mocked Marc10.
Despite the unfavorable opinions toward the cover, it’s hard not to love Dakota in the charming behind-the-scenes video below.
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