Russell Westbrook on the cover of "ESPN" magazine's Photo Issue.
If you haven't read Sam Alipour's interview with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook for ESPN magazine yet, I'm squarely marking it as required reading for every human I care about (consider yourself in that league—yea, YOU!). First of all, the Q&A is incredibly long but only because Russ SO warrants it. For someone catching as much attention (and magazine features, holy moly!) as he has been for the past year, it's a little unheard of for the general public to know almost nothing about him. Welp, thanks to ESPN and Alipour that's all about to change as their conversation is published alongside a candy-colored fashion spread in the mag's 2013 Photo Issue.
The franchise we typically use to celebrate interviews we love that we didn't conduct ourselves is called "5 Things We Learned," but in this case, there was absolutely NO way we would be able to narrow this down to just 5 things. The banter between Westbrook and Alipour is DRIPPING with innumerable nuggets of precious Westbrook history and trivia: how he almost went to Stanford University for academics alone, how sometimes he bowls by himself, how and why he loves math, and the reveal that he has over 100 pairs of glasses (though, that shouldn't come as that huge a surprise all things considered). But trust me, it gets SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Grimes for'Hunger' magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Hunger'
You hear that? That sound is just the undeniable buzz that zips around the MTV Style HQ whenever one of our faves like Grimes, Rita Ora, or Iggy Azalea finds herself firmly planted upon some glossy prime real estate. But now that that all THREE emerging stars have landed themselves individual covers for HUNGER magazine, this buzzy feeling has morphed into a bonafide EXPLOSION that practically crackles right off of the screen. Publications are quickly learning that one way to sell issues like hotcakes (or, in this case, concert tickets) is to produce multiple covers and often with more than one star. So perhaps taking cues from Teen Vogue's success with all five of its One Direction covers, HUNGER upped the ante with seven different editions for Spring/Summer 2013, each featuring a different rising female artist. Yes, you read that right...seven! In addition to Grimes, Rita, and Iggy, Jessie J, A*M*E, Gabrielle Aplin, and Crystal Renn all landed smack dab on an issue and repping a style that's undeniably her own. Editor-in-chief Rankin handpicked each of the girls himself, explaining, “I had begun to notice a pattern emerging in film and fashion, but most notably in music; where people (most obviously, young women) were taking control of their creative lives and output in a way I hadn’t seen before,” he said. So the natural step was to put them on the cover of his magazine, and it's an awesome thing he did.
Beyonce's actual British "Vogue" magazine cover.
Photo: British Vogue
Remember that time we hand-drew Beyonce's leaked British Vogue cover? Welp, dropping right alongside a cryptic teaser goading fans to "#BeyHereNow" at 9 AM EDT tomorrow morning (sorry, wait, WHERE is it I should BEY??), the real thing is finally out now! Finally, we get to see the high resolution, full-size, real thing. We get to see Bey in all her baby blue (baby Blue?) striped crop top, sequin pencil skirt, Jonathan Saunders-clad glory. This is exciting to us on so many levels, but perhaps most uniquely to us is the reasoning that now we can check our work and see whether we got any of those guessed cover lines right!
Emma Watson cover the May issue of British 'GQ'.
Photo: Courtesy of British 'GQ'
We already know that Emma Watson is a versatile actress. After all, her genre-skipping onscreen roles are exactly the reason she's received the MTV Trailblazer Award! However, the 22-year-old's talent for transforming herself isn't restricted just to movies— she's proven her style chameleon status time and again in magazines, too. But despite her recent edgy Marie Claire UK look, her preppy-cool NYLON style, and repping her inherently chic beauty in T, the actress's new British GQ cover STILL called for a double take, because it's just so different than how we're used to seeing her. The star graces the publication's May issue decked out in total Bling Ring fashion, channeling her onscreen alter ego Nicki with the same long hair and body-hugging styles she sports in the forthcoming Sofia Coppola flick. The cut-out dress might conjure up major '90s Pretty Woman vibes (see the resemblance?), but the body jewelry, the giant Frappuccino, and the sunglasses propped atop her head keeps the ensemble firmly planted in the here and now.
As if the, erm, questionable headlines and double-dose of SMIZE weren't enough to have me talking about Justin Bieber's two Teen Vogue covers for weeks (between status updates on his recently quarantined pet monkey OG Mally Bieber, that is), the teen arm of the Vogue editorial juggernaut also released the rest of Biebsy's feature photos. That's right, Beliebers. On top of two smoldering cover options, Teen Vogue has bestowed unto the world 10, nay, 11 more photos from Justin's shoot with the magazine.
The new images show Bieber from all angles—frontways, sideways, fully-clothed, fully shirtless (though, we suspect he considers his left side his "good side" since over half of the snaps feature it)—and yet, somehow I'm still unsatisfied. Perhaps my expectations are unrealistic. Perhaps it'll take actually purchasing the issue and thereby reading the full interview, rather than this excerpt, for all that to subside, for me to feel like I've really seen Justin in a new light, but MAN, do I still have a ton of lingering questions. I'd hate to bore you, but I also refuse to keep this ish bottled up. Thus, I whittled them down into five catch-all inquires, and well, here they are!
WHAT DOES JUSTIN'S CHAIN TASTE LIKE?
Justin Bieber tastes his chain in this "Teen Vogue" cover shoot.
Photo: Teen Vogue
Three of the Teen Vogue photos picture J.Biebs with the diamond cross pendant of his chain hanging out of his mouth. It raises so many questions. Does Justin have an oral fixation? Was he directed to do this or was this his own idea? Is this a habit he's always had that I'm only just now becoming aware of? But the most important question is: what does Justin's chain taste like? It's gotta be at least kinda good if he keeps coming back to it, right?
Justin Bieber on the May issues of 'Teen Vogue.'
Photo: Courtesy of 'Teen Vogue'
The last time we spotted Justin Bieber on Teen Vogue's cover, it was September of 2010. He sported his signature side-swooped 'do, a striped pullover sweater, and a sheepish grin on his baby-faced visage. This time, though, Biebs graces the May issue (twice!) bringing SO much face (and 'tude), it's clear his transformation from tween heartthrob into smooth almost twenty-something is complete. He oozes with confidence, pairing hissky-high, pomade-infused locks with a white tank top and gold chain (not much unlike his performance look from late last year [see: exactly the same]). He fiercely smizes over his tattooed shoulder, locking us into his brown-eyed gaze so hard we can baaaarely function.
Demi Lovato's new album art.
Photo: Hollywood Records
We initially thought Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack" single art was edgy, but our girl really outdid herself for her DEMI album. Miss Lovato first teased the art this morning with a tweet directing her fans to a site where they could "scratch" to reveal the full photo. Several clicks and nine panels later, Demi serves excellent smoldering face for the album cover, clad in little more than black lipstick and smudgy silver body paint.
Morgan Saylor, Kiernan Shipka, and Sarah Hyland on the cover of ASOS Magazine.
Photo: ASOS Magazine
Do they put something in the water now to make being a teenager less completely horrifying? It sure seems that way, especially if Kiernan Shipka, Morgan Saylor, and Sarah Hyland are any indication. The three young actresses have pivotal roles on television's biggest shows—Kiernan as Sally Draper on Mad Men, Morgan as Dana Brody on Homeland, and Sarah as Haley Dunphy on Modern Family—and are quickly cementing themselves as red carpet mainstays. The three are the cover stars of the latest edition of ASOS Magazine, and not only do they pose in some super adorable prom looks, but the three open up about their own prom experiences (or lack thereof). Before we get too far into what's inside the pages, though, let's ooh and aah over the overwhelming cuteness that is that cover. The three girls are styled effortlessly, in clean makeup, floral accessories, and dresses that reflect each of their individual styles. Morgan channels Lana Del Rey in a white lace shift and flower headband, Kiernan stays true to her preppy proclivities in a white a-line cocktail dress with a floral collar, and Sarah keeps it modern in a baby blue, semi-sheer frock.
Seriously, British "Vogue," we need to know if this is real.
Photo: MTV/Gaby Wilson
Okay, so... Let me explain. Yesterday, a photo leaked (courtesy of Beylite's Instagram) of what LOOKS like a forthcoming issue of some international Vogue magazine with the always lovely Beyonce gracing the cover. Since last night was the UK premiere of Beyonce's Life Is But A Dream documentary and the May issue of British Vogue would hit newsstands right as King Bey's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rolled into town AND Beyonce is wearing an entire look ripped from Jonathan Saunders' Spring/Summer 2013 collection (the current season!), it seems a pretty educated guess by Beylite to pin this on the UK edition of the glossy global franchise. For followers of fashion and gigantic Beyonce Stans (uhhh, what has two thumbs and made that "Bow Down" single art her Facebook cover photo???*), this is MAJOR news. You also probably get that. What you DON'T get, however, is why we're posting about this with a hand-drawn version of the suspected cover.
Joey Bada$$ wears an homage to Capital Steez on XXL 2013 Freshman Class cover.
Photo: XXL Magazine
Sometimes polarizing but always anticipated, XXL Magazine dropped their 2013 Freshman Class cover late last night. The annual hip hop staple featured a TON of MTV Style's favorite emerging MCs (ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Trinidad James, and of COURSE our girl Angel Haze), but we're taking this moment to single out Joey Bada$$. Not to play favorites or anything (though dude did play our mtvU Woodies festival this year), but Joey is working a look on this cover which begs to be highlighted: a one-of-one Ecko Unltd. t-shirt honoring Capital Steez.