Nicki Minaj in Tom Ford on the cover of Elle.
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It's wild that seeing an incredibly recognizable, super famous woman without makeup could be described as anything close to shocking, but we have to admit, it sometimes is. We're used to seeing Nicki Minaj done up with the bright pink lipstick, full lashes and flawless hair. Sure, she's been simplifying her style in the new year, but it's still nothing close to the no-makeup look she's rocking on the April cover of Elle. With her long blonde hair loose, damp and wavy and not a single dab of color anywhere on her face, Nicki looks like she could have just (flawlessly) gotten out of the shower. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside and (of course) styled by Joe Zee, Nicki is wearing a Tom Ford leather jacket on the cover, and very little else, save for a pair of American Apparel leggings.
Taylor Swift and her stylist Joseph Cassell on the cover of 'The Hollywood Reporter.'
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If there's one thing we've learned here at MTV Style, it's that for every celebrity or musician we peep on the red carpet, there's an insanely talented stylist behind them. And you know what? The job ain't easy! They have the pressure of creating iconic looks time and time again, which can make (or break!) a person's entire career. It's time to finally get to know the names behind the oh-so-famous faces, so The Hollywood Reporter put together a list of the top 25 most powerful stylists in Hollywood. And, yay, some of our old faves (Johnny Wujek! Brad Goreski! Rachel Zoe!) managed to make the cut!
Aubrey Plaza for 'Complex.'
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The last time we spotted Aubrey Plaza on a magazine cover, she was snuggling up to a cat on the front page of Bust. Now she's posing with another prop for the April/May issue of Complex, but instead of a cuddly animal the actress is double fisting two cans of silly string?! Yep, our favorite Parks and Rec star is showing her funny side yet again for the mag, dressed in a simple pink romper and adorned with some, um, festive accessories (if you can even call silly string that...?). She also shows her stuff inside the feature posing with a bear mask, banana peels, AND a Whoopie Cushion, all while still managing to squeeze in some impressive smize action. Hey Tyra, better watch your back!
Zooey Deschanel for 'InStyle.'
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From princess frocks to Old Hollywood beauty to a consistently on-point nail art game, Zooey Deschanel KNOWS what works for her. The actress just gets it, and she's repping her signature girly sensibility on the cover of the annual April "Color" issue of InStyle, looking radiant in a bright red dress embellished with a giant back bow. Paired with almost no jewelry (save for a couple of rings) and a fresh-faced makeup look that causes her blue eyes practically pop right off the page, this gorgeous photo is a lesson in effortless glam that we can ALL use. But her cover look isn't the only thing we learned from the issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Inside, the actress dished on her personal style philosophy, stating that “Style isn’t when you buy yourself the most expensive things. It’s being creative and able to put together what you’ve collected.” Well said, Zooey. Noted!
A$AP Rocky covers "L'Uomo Vogue" magazine.
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It would be pretty bold to say that A$AP Rocky is single-handedly making menswear a LOT more interesting for us with his unpredictable oscillation between streetwear and high fashion, but... he kind of is! Dat PMF racks up yet another fashion editorial, landing himself on the on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue's March 2013 issue. We knew it was only a matter of time before Rocky made his Vogue debut, and it only makes sense that his introduction to the legendary glossy would be via the magazine family's Italian menswear vertical. You know what also makes sense? That they would swaddle him in Milan's finest: Dolce & Gabbana. Maybe it's silly to expect anyone to get a Vogue feature but with Rocky's excellent taste, hobnobbing with designers, sitting front row, and even modeling in fashion shows, it seems only logical. Also, the Harlem fashion killa kind of already tipped us off to the new cover.
Selena Gomez on the April issue of 'Harper's Bazaar.'
Photo: Harper's Bazaar/Terry Richardson
Sometimes it's the little things that makes life worth living, y'all. I mean, at this point we can look forward to seeing Selena Gomez's adorbs little face on a mag at LEAST once a month (see: her most recent NYLON and Glamour covers), which means we can consistently feast our eyes on tons of fun, fashion-y Selena goodness. Today we were hit with the April issue of Harper's Bazaar, where Sel looks like a TOTAL beach babe in her spring-ready ensembles. She sported a red and white striped Dolce & Gabbana blouse and shorts with bright red lipstick, a smoldering smoky eye, and her typically on-point waves. But, when we peeped the spread, it turns out that Ms. Gomez not only killed it in the photo shoot, but in the interview as well. (Duh.)
Taylor Swift on the April issue of Vanity Fair.
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Has the time come for Taylor Swift to stop playing dress up and start acting serious? While we never thought our Swifty would give up her girly girl, magic fairyland ways, her recent Vanity Fair cover has us thinking that maybe there are more mature days to come for the pop-country mega star. Maybe it all started when she began wearing pants on the regular, or when she did that sultry quick-change at the Brit awards, but there's a change afoot for our girl. Taylor graces the April issue of Vanity Fair, and the tight, windswept portrait seems to usher in this new age of her girlhood. Taylor poses with minimal makeup, maybe a little highlighter to make her deep blue eyes pop, her hair a mess, in an ornate jeweled dress and matching wrap, her hands draped over an acoustic guitar. This is one we can't wait to see fashion credits for, also, not because of the dress, which is beautiful, but because of Taylor's A+ ring game. Two cuff rings and an incredible sapphire grace the singers fingers, and we desperately want to know where she (or the shoot's stylist, more likely) acquired them. Forget about boys and gossip, tell us about the stuff!
Russell Westbrook for Flaunt magazine.
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We've been keeping you updated on Russell Westbrook's rise to fashion ubiquity ever since the Oklahoma City Thunder forward started making waves in the 2012 NBA Finals post-game interviews with his lenless glasses and colorful couture shirts. Having staked a style claim to him so early, it's been really fun to watch him rack up editorial after editorial as the Thunder work their way toward this year's Playoffs. The latest notch in Russ 44's magazine belt (err, not that kind of magazine belt) comes courtesy of Flaunt magazine and is a MAJOR one because West is the first athlete to grace the glossy's cover! *wipes away single happy tear*
Rihanna graces not one but two covers for Elle UK's April issue.
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Remember last week, when we gave you that sneak peek of Rihanna's April Elle UK cover? We know, there's been SO MUCH crazy Rihanna news since then, but seriously, wrack your brains because we have the real deal right here! That's right, feast your eyes on Rihanna's TWO Elle UK covers! I'm sure you're sick of hearing us blab about how insanely beautiful Rihanna is. You're rolling your eyes and saying, "we get it guys, she's like a unicorn bathed in gold dust," yeah yeah yeah, but C'MON SERIOUSLY?! The blue-bathed shoot has us clamoring for the red lipstick and hair cutting scissors. On the first cover, Ri is seated on a stool looking smolderingly at the camera wearing a black and white checked crop top and a high-slit skirt. The look is Carnaby Street meets 90's raver, with the very 60's silhouette of the crop top colliding with the zipper accents of the skirt, which appears to be nylon. With Rihanna's flawless pixie cut, smokey eyes and a red lip, the time twist of a look is brought together with a modern, sophisticated flair. On the second cover, Rihanna gives another take on black and white, wrapped in a shawl shot through with an abstract floral, with just a hint of black and white bustier peeking through. Her beauty look is consistent through the two covers, and we wonder how the interior spread expands upon the themes introduced here and in the sneak peek image we've already seen.
Rihanna covers the April issue of 'Elle' UK.
Photo: Mariano Vivanco/ 'Elle' UK
It's a good thing you can never have too much Rihanna in your life, because let's be real: the girl has been EVERYWHERE these days. Between dropping her bare-all music video for "Stay," slaying the style game at the Grammys, and oh, debuting a little side gig called the River Island collection this weekend, she's doing enough to make anyone feel like an underachiever. In conjunction with all these projects, the pop star graces the April cover of ELLE UK, which we've got a sneak preview of right here! The magazine has *thankfully* leaked the image about a month early, showing Rihanna peering seductively over her shoulder dressed in a minimalist black and white ensemble.