Lupita Nyong'o for 'Dazed & Confused.'
Photo: Dazed & Confused
If you don't know, now you know. We're barely into January and 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o is already being touted as the "It" Girl of 2014. The former Yale drama student has snagged a slew of covers in recent months, including DuJour and W (NBD), and now she's SLAYING it as the star of Dazed & Confused's SO apropos "Girls Rule the World" issue. Oh, and did we mention she's also one of the newest faces of Miu Miu? (Yeah, we did. But we're going to mention it again because it's a fashion moment worth repeating.)
Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of 'W.'
Photo: W magazine
At this point in our lives, we're all used to seeing Jennifer Lawrence and her pixie on red carpets and making other assorted appearances. What we hadn't seen—until now—was the super-short chop on the cover of a magazine. Her InStyle cover hit newsstands right after the big snip, but the photo was taken when she still had her long bob (lob). The Movie Issue of W magazine was just released and Jennifer's cover is one of several featuring stars who are set to dominate awards season, like Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong'o.
The cover, which was shot by Juergen Teller, is a far cry from her feathery W debut, where she channeled Black Swan. While that shoot was visibly staged, this one looks like Juergen just shouted, "JENNIFER!" and then snapped her with a disposable camera. I doubt any of those things actually happened, but that's what it looks like: a picture you take of an unsuspecting friend using actual film, because you're sooo retro.
Ariana Grande on the cover of 'Teen Vogue.'
Photo: Teen Vogue
The new year hasn't even started yet, but Ariana Grande already has two very different magazine covers under her belt. While her Cosmopolitan joint features Ariana in a black crop top and skirt, her Teen Vogue cover incorporates tons of light, airy pastels in pink, purple, green, and blue. It's no secret that Ariana loves a good headband, so accordingly, Teen Vogue embellished her signature half-up half-down 'do with a twisty gray band. (I know what I'm wearing on my next bad hair day. That thing covers the entire top of her head!)
Miley Cyrus on the cover of Issue 11 of 'Love.'
Photo: @mileycyrus Instagram
Since Love magazine only comes out twice a year, the magazine's covers tend to command a lot of attention. You know who commands a lot of attention wherever she goes? Miley Cyrus. She gets even MORE attention when she changes her hair, which is why the cover of Issue 11 of Love is a big deal. Miley's got a mohawk! And it's pink!
Katy Perry on the cover of 'Marie Claire.'
Photo: Marie Claire/Regan Cameron
Katy Perry continues her grunge-gone-light phase on the cover of Marie Claire, wearing a lilac leather jacket, matching skirt, and safety-pin necklace. Her hair is, if you haven't noticed, very black these days. It matches her crop top and smoky eye and is mussed to perfection.
With the exception of her Prismatic performance outfits, which have Katy swaddled in every color at once, KP has been dressing primarily in darker shades (black, bordeaux, black, navy, did we say black?) since starting press for Prism. Maybe she's in mourning for her "California Gurls" alter ego? Or maybe she just likes black? On this cover, though, she's styled in pastels (kinda springy for a January cover, amirite?), and we're reminded of a time not long ago when all she wore were bright colors. Even on her head.
Demi Lovato and her blue hair for 'NYLON.'
Photo: 'NYLON' Magazine/Marvin Scott Jarrett
It looks like our dreams of a blue-haired Demi Lovato on the cover of a magazine have come true! Thanks, NYLON: we should've guessed the fave magazine of ~alt girls~ everywhere would give Demi's blue tresses the attention they deserve! Demi debuted her blue 'do a full two months ago and has since graced three magazine covers, but all featured blonde Demi. Now, like an early Christmas present, a blue-haired Demi spread has been wrapped and delivered. So, while it may only be the 2nd day of December, this month is shaping up already.
The color of Demi's hair has faded since she first dyed it (even since it glowed in the "Neon Lights" video, actually). Her dark roots have also grown out, turning it into an enviable colorful ombre. It also looks like she's collecting a number of blue hued highlights around the front of her face, and, TBH, I'd start a blue highlight collection too if it would look like Demi's hair and not a Smurf hibernating on my head. Alas.
For the January 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan, Lauren Conrad put on a bunch of super pretty party dresses and dished on the details of her recent engagement to law school student and former Something Corporate rocker, William Tell. Of course, her hair looks perfect in every shot. Like, SO perfect that I'm starting to think the girl MUST be wearing a wig. Not really, but if there are wigs out there that look like LC's hair, then consider me sold.
Anyway, among the many frocks Lauren wears for her shoot are a pink and purple silk dress with a beaded bodice and a canary yellow number that she accessorizes with a pair of red and neon green open-toed heels. Yes, the color scheme might seem a bit unconventional, but Conrad's confidence (and again, really great hair) makes the whole thing look seamless.
Justin Bieber for 'The Hollywood Reporter.'
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter
Justin Bieber is NOT swaggy. And that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the 19-year-old pop star showed up for his interview with The Hollywood Reporter in a bright red onesie. Hey, a dude’s gotta be comfortable for a long, serious sit-down, right?
Despite the fact that some people (including Justin himself up until now) might argue that the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2013 plaid Doberman Pinscher sweatshirt he wears on the cover of the mag is the very definition of "swaggy" (see also: "awesome"), Bieber is no longer defining his look as such. “I'm very influenced by black culture, but I don't think of it as black or white," he says. "It's not me trying to act or pose in a certain way. It's a lifestyle—like a suaveness or a swag, per se. But I don't really like to say the word ['swag'] anymore. It's kind of played out." Welp, that settles it. R.I.P., swag.
One Direction on the cover of 'Seventeen' Magazine.
Photo: 'Seventeen' Magazine
When we heard One Direction would be on the cover of Seventeen Magazine's December/January issue, we were, obviously, excited for new photos to adorn our bedroom walls with/glue onto a body pillow to sleep next to. But then, we saw the cover and were like: hold up, Harry's hair hasn't had that beautiful swoosh in, like, almost a year. Liam and Zayn haven't been this clean shaven for months! Do these five guys have Benjamin Button syndrome or what? Then, after racking through our encyclopedic knowledge of all 1D photo shoots in the history of the world, we realized we'd seen this photo before!