Ever since she took over the helm of American ELLE back in 2018, our forums have had a newfound respect for Nina Garcia, partly due to the fact she’s revitalized the magazine by delivering a whole host of A-list cover stars (including Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Michelle Obama). Garcia also gave ELLE its first transgender cover star, Indya Moore. For the mag’s August 2019 issue, Garcia picked Miley Cyrus for the cover decked out in a glam rock look supplied by George Cortina and shot by Mario Sorrenti.
But our forums weren’t feeling it. “That’s it?” asked MON.
“The cover styling looks like something they’d use on Taylor Swift. In fact, Taylor Swift would probably inhabit this look with more confidence. Here, it’s just unappealing from start to finish,” critiqued Benn98.
“I’m so sad that Cortina is involved in this mess,” expressed a disapproving Lola701.
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“Mario Sorrenti behind the lens and we get this? Disappointing to say the least, complete missed opportunity for something great — even with Miley Cyrus on the cover. The cover shot itself is completely lackluster, a nonevent and they need to seriously stop with the pink masthead already!” declared vogue28.
Handbag Queen was also unhappy with the outcome: “Her hairstyle is making her look much older than she is.”
“They aged her 10 years with that hooker styling. I don’t expect much from Miley, but they could have done so much better with her,” noted GivenchyHomme.
“I have a soft spot for Miley, but not soft enough to tolerate this,” confessed KissMiss.
SLFC felt the same way: “This is lazy and boring. ELLE had a good run this year. I guess every month can’t be expected to be good.”
Check out the accompanying cover feature and be sure to share your thoughts here.