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All the December 2021 Magazine Covers We Loved and Hated

We expect December magazine covers to be festive. Obviously. But several December 2021 magazine covers decided to go in another direction. Frankly, many of them could stand in for covers from any number of months. March, June, October… You get the idea.

The ones that got it right include Allure, which gave us some striking holiday party makeup inspo. If you’ve missed getting dressed up (who hasn’t?), you’re in luck. Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Chastain all flaunt seriously glamorous gowns. On the other end of the spectrum, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar Greece offer more warm weather-worthy looks.

When it comes to diversity, sigh. There really isn’t much to speak of. We love seeing Barbie Ferreira front Allure. Plus, Kayako Higuchi on Vogue Japan. And…that’s about it. While we’re disappointed, we remain hopeful for 2022. Especially based on the uptick in representation on recent runways. So here’s to a new year and a new level of diversity on magazine covers.

Quite a few publications experimented with layout. Some more successfully than others. Vogue Korea kept text to a minimum, while American Vogue gave us a profile full-body shot.

Keep reading to see all the December 2021 magazine covers we adore and the ones that fail to impress.