Rihanna for 'Vogue Brazil.'
Photo: Vogue Brazil
The last time we saw shirtless Rihanna, she used her hair to cover essential parts. In a new photo from her Vogue Brazil spread, though, Rihanna has no hair to spare. She's sporting her short 'do from this winter and what she lacks in shirts, she makes up for in gold. Most people don't stoop over an outdoor sink wearing wrists full of gold bangles and a gold choker, but Rihanna isn't most people, obviously.
Emma Stone on the cover of 'Vogue.'
After running one of the magazine's most controversial covers ever (more like #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOVER, amirite??), Vogue is playing it a little safer with their May issue. Of course, safe doesn’t mean boring, especially in the case of two-time cover star Emma Stone. The 25-year-old actress opens up about everything, from never having watched Easy A to referring to herself as “that bland basic b****” after a Google search of herself yielded that description. Basically, she confirms her reputation as someone you’d want as your BFF. Emma is also down to earth when it comes to her style—she doesn’t even think she’s influential in that respect. But, umm, Em, we politely disagree with you. Case in point: any time she hits a red carpet and, obviously, her two Vogue covers.
Lorde on the cover of 'Teen Vogue.'
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There’s something different about Lorde’s Teen Vogue cover. *Squints eyes, cocks head* Oh right! Lorde is wearing a whole lot of color. The 17-year-old alt-pop wunderkind is glowing on her latest magazine cover, where she’s styled in an orange-and-red plaid top from Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection—a pivot from her typically goth, mostly monotone M.O. Lorde’s softer makeup—a light smoky eye finished with silver shadow and a natural lip (not her signature purple shade)—is another departure that we can get behind.
Lorde opens up in her profile about the unrealistic beauty ideals placed on pop stars—and, she hopes, their eventual disappearance. "There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."
Lupita Nyong'o for 'Marie Claire.'
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If two magazine covers are better than one, five is, like... *eyes turn to hearts and spring out of skull, tongue unfurls onto floor, and a tiny version of you walks out from inside your mouth and faints on the tip* And that's EXACTLY (more or less) what happened when we saw that Marie Claire had tapped Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning, Emilia Clark, and Kate Mara for the mag's May issue.
Lupita Nyon'o for 'Marie Claire.'
Photo: Marie Claire
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Lupita can do no wrong. For her cover, Lupita wears a hot-pink, snakeskin-trimmed gown by Christopher Kane. Inside, she wears a black-and-white optic Dior stunner that she accessorized with a ribbed scarf and a Graziela Gems ear cuff. And in her interview, Lupita is as poised as ever on the topic of other peoples’ opinions: "Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing! But at the same time, I don't want to thrive on people's opinions of me."
As for her path to fashion darling-dom? It has a lot to do with her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, who covered the Hollywood Reporter with Lupita earlier this year. "I wasn't a follower of fashion. It was a world unknown,” Lupita says, “Then I met my stylist, Micaela Erlanger...and we came to interpret my style: clean lines, strong color."
Beyonce on the cover of 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine
Ring the alarm. Beyonce is not only topless on her first magazine cover of 2014, Out, she’s also platinum with a bob à la Marilyn Monroe. We’ve seen a lot of different Beyonces over the years—case in point: We saw 17 of them just over the course of her visual album—but this is an entirely new look for Queen B.
Beyonce for 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine
Inside the magazine, we get a look at Beyonce’s revealing cover outfit: just two body chains and two tiny necklaces. But then again, those necklaces likely cost more than our clothes budget for the year, so you do you, Bey. Since she was in the midst of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour during the shoot, she was probably pressed for time and needed quick outfits to wear. (I mean, she didn’t even have enough time to sit down with the writer for a face-to-face interview—they emailed.) To be fair, though, Bey does make a great case for an all-white suit when she pops up in a beaded eyelet tuxedo in another shot.
Does Miley Cyrus get more hours per day than everyone else? How else could she manage to be on her Bangerz Tour, act as the face of Marc Jacobs, and cover magazines practically every month? Her latest cover is a big one—Elle's Women in Music issue. Unlike her most recent cover—for W, where she was wearing a whole lotta nothing—for Elle, Miley has on a sequined jumpsuit from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 collection.
What Miley gained in clothing she lost in accessories—while her W cover featured baubles on baubles and bling on bling, here she only has on two bracelets and one ring. Her makeup is similarly just as low-key, with her strong brows (welcome back, bbs!) standing in stark contrast to her platinum pixie.
Quick—everyone jump in the shower right now, because wet hair is IN. First Beyonce worked a saturated 'do for her Grammys performance. Then Harry Styles' hair was (mysteriously) soaked in One Direction's "Midnight Memories" video. The trend even appeared in Phillip Lim's show during New York Fashion Week. And NOW, Holland Roden is making us rethink hairdryers entirely in Line magazine's latest issue. The Teen Wolf star sports the wet hair look on the cover and in every single one of the inside photos, and honestly? We've never seen her look more unbelievably gorgeous.
Solange on the cover of 'Essence.'
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Hair is officially the biggest accessory for spring, at least in the world of editorial spreads with our favorite female musicians. We kind of called this one after seeing Solange’s angled 'fro in a Harper’s Bazaar feature and V Magazine’s very hairy music issue covers—now Essence magazine has confirmed our inkling with their May 2014 issue dedicated to the topic of natural hair. Fittingly, the magazine tapped Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi—ladies whose hair (and music and style) we’ve always admired—to be the alternate cover stars.
Predictably, they all nailed it. Solange and Badu wore toned-down makeup, all the better to show off their wild curls. In a behind-the-scenes video, we get a closer look at their outfits. For the shoot, Solange stuck with a pastel palette, wearing a reverse-racerback, white lace crop top and mint crocheted skirt on the cover and an ostrich-feather-covered strapless dress and a pink floral jacket inside the issue.
Rita Ora on the cover of the May issue of 'Elle' UK.
Photo: Elle UK
The topless trend is becoming so mainstream these days, it's a wonder designers even bother making shirts anymore. The latest "It" Girl to jump on the semi-nude bandwagon? Rita Ora on this month's cover of Elle UK. The British singer clearly doesn't need fancy clothes to look totally gorgeous, as she appears in nothing more than a pink Dior skirt and a Cartier bracelet. She is forced to share the spotlight with one other pretty gal, however—"Rosetta," her detailed ribcage tattoo.
Lauren Conrad on the cover of 'Allure' magazine.Photo: Allure
Lauren Conrad has always been a California girl. She's blonde and sun-kissed, sophisticated and casual. Oh, and duh, she was the star of Laguna Beach and The Hills. Although she's maintained her beachy personal brand, she certainly has come a long way since her Brody Jenner-pining days. LC is now an author, fashion designer, business owner, Instagram guru—you name it, she does it. And as of this month, she can now add "three-time Allure cover model" to her ever-growing resume.