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Selena Gomez Morphs Into Marilyn Monroe on ELLE’s September 2021 Cover

Given Nina Garcia and her love of musicians for the covers of ELLE, we knew it wouldn’t be long before Selena Gomez reappeared on the American fashion glossy. On the magazine cover front, this year is proving quite troublesome for the Texas-born songstress with both American and Australian Vogue unable to capture Selena to her fullest potential. ELLE takes another stab at profiling Selena for September 2021 enlisting Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin to step behind the lens. Selena wears a look from Chanel’s Cruise 2022 collection (including the infamous $5,150 T-shirt) selected by Alex White for the retro-inspired cover.

US Elle September 2021 : Selena Gomez by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


In the eyes of the majority of our forum members, however, the cover proved to be a huge miss. “First strike, full-body cover. Second strike, god-awful styling. Third strike, Selena Gomez,” instantly complained Benn98.

“Not good. She looks like she is playing dress-up with her older sister’s clothes… This is OK for Seventeen not ELLE,” declared THD96.

“Christ almighty that cover is just bad. In Selena’s defense, I don’t even think the best models could work that Chanel T-shirt,” said RedSmokeRise.

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“Selena is just not photogenic — no matter the amount of transformations or high-fashion makeovers…” stated Melancholybaby.

“Selena looks cute, but I’m very disappointed in Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s work here. Do better!” exclaimed aracic.

“Kelly Osbourne if you squint,” Lucien112 pointed out.

But not everyone felt the same way. “The styling is bad, but finally someone did justice to her face, she looks gorgeous with that makeup and hair color,” approved JPineapple.

“I find myself just a little bit in love with this! Never been one for Selena Gomez, but this is one of those very rare instances in which she has photographed well and it’s Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and their signature best…” raved vogue28.

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