It was only a matter of time before Olivia Rodrigo made another big splash down at newsstands after landing her first major fashion magazine cover with ELLE‘s May 2021 offering. Leave it to V Magazine to take the plunge as the American singer/songwriter and actress graces the publication’s latest. Stephen Gan has been impressing us to no end lately following a series of remarkable Summer 2021 and Fall Preview 2021 covers. For Fall 2021, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin snap a trio of black and white covers out on the streets of New York City all styled by Nicola Formichetti.
The covers ultimately flopped on our forums. “Wow, I barely recognized her. Not that she has a particularly memorable face, but that eye makeup and styling in general are really heavy on her,” noted WinstonH20.
“A simple studio setting from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin would’ve sufficed because mixed with Nicola Formichetti’s styling and the beauty styling — I’m not impressed. The styling and direction of the whole shoot feel far too heavy for a girl of 18!” echoed vogue28.
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“Angles, angles, angles… I know she’s brand new, but someone needs to teach her how to work her light. This shoot does her no favors,” voiced an underwhelmed zoom.
SLFC felt the same way: “I think the second cover only works, the angles of the rest just look awkward.”
“Not a fan of this take on her,” RedSmokeRise chimed in.
“Olivia is always portrayed like some emo 13- to 14-year-old even in magazines and the embarrassment is real with this one,” declared McKinney.
“She has this bland/anemic demeanor and they did her no favors by shooting her in black and white…” stated YohjiAddict.
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