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.
At the risk of sending everyone within a 50-yard interweb radius into full-blown Selena Gomez overload (LOL, as if that's a thing—GIMME MOARRRR), we're blasting you with yet another major morsel of Gomez-related news. This morning, MTV Style headquarters erupted with the HUGE announcement that Sel will be performing at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Since this will be the girl's first Movie Awards performance AND the first televised performance for her new single, we couldn't help but speculate about what the Spring Breakers star might hit the stage wearing for this milestone performance. While it's fun to guess, it's way more fun to know, and mere moments ago Miss Gomez ALSO bestowed the world with the final reveal of her "Come & Get It" single art, which could shed more light on how Selena's style will evolve for her return to music!
Adam Levine's Nylon Guys cover.
Adam Levine is your textbook hunk. Rakish and charming, with enough tattoos to certainly qualify as a bad boy, the Maroon 5 front man has everything a girl is looking for in a bad idea. Did we mention that he can now add actor to his already impressive resume? Oh, and he looks really good in a white t-shirt. All of these reasons and then some landed Levine the May cover of Nylon Guys, and frankly it's a little hard to stop staring. Looking straight into the camera with an inscrutable look on his scruffy face, Levine poses in his signature white long sleeved henley and a pair of army green pants, his tiger tattoo prominent right below the cover line. In the accompanying interview, the singer and The Voice judge drops enough f-bombs to make a good girl blush, but he also proves himself to be pragmatic and actually kind of down to earth. When asked about rumors that Shakira makes more money than him, Levine emphatically replies, “She’s Shakira dude! She’s a f****** international superstar! I don’t care. It’s just money.” Levine has sold over 17 million records, so...pot calling international superstar black much, no? We can't lie, we're still pretty charmed, though.
OK, so this just has to be said: when we laid eyes on Zac Efron's new Flaunt magazine cover, the first sounds out of our mouths WERE NOT ENGLISH. They weren't even words! It was more like, "Ohhahhhooowhat?" and it took everyone in the office a full five minutes to recover from this little episode. We're telling you this slightly embarrassing recollection because a.) it's true and b). it's proof that Zac, with his 5 o'clock shadow, his groomed (but not too groomed) coif, and his baby blue eyes gazing dreamily off the page, STILL possesses an inexplicable magic power over us. No matter how old you are, no matter how awkward you might feel, there's no denying it. Embrace the hotness that is Zac Efron! After all, it's really nothing new. But whereas most recently we saw the actor put his glistening muscles on display in John John Denim's campaign, for the April issue of Flaunt he does a complete 180 and shows his softer side.
Chanel Iman on the cover of Galore.
Photo: Ellen Von Unwerth/Galore
One could argue that every issue of Galore mag is one about women who rock, since their subjects are always so bonkers amazing, but their Spring 2013 glossy certainly ups the ante in that department. Featuring interviews with a grip of awesome ladies, including Kate Nash, Andrej Pejic, and Brooke Candy, and a slightly racy cover shoot featuring Chanel Iman, it has spring fever written all over it. Shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, Chanel poses in a silver, deep v-necked bodysuit and mirrored gold pumps, silver sunglasses pushed girlishly up on her head, eyes looking straight into the camera, like she's contemplating whether or not to eat you alive. The vibe is a little bit Boogie Nights, a little bit '70s, and extremely opulent, and it's really working for us.