Katy Perry for 'GQ' magazine.
The text on Katy Perry's February GQ cover claims that she "goes pin-up" for the issue, which makes her the most modern pin-up model we've ever seen. Like, the spread kinda just looks like most of her other magazine spreads, because she is neither pulling classic poses, nor styled in the iconic Bettie Page way. Pin-up or not, she looks ah-may-zing.
In one shot, Katy shows off her squatting abilities by straddling a fire extinguisher. She's laughing, so it seems unlikely that a blaze is ravaging the set of her GQ photo shoot. As far as what she's wearing, KP matches her pink Cosabella bra to her Giuseppe Zanotti heels and her white Chloe blazer to her "skirt" from H&M. GQ calls it a skirt, but it looks like a pair of bejeweled, high-waisted hot pants with fringe to me. Psst, men at GQ, if there's a hole for each leg, the piece is no longer a skirt. Just a li'l women's fashion tip from me to you.
Lorde on the covering of 'Rolling Stone.'
Photo: Rolling Stone
In case you couldn't tell, this is Lorde on the cover of Rolling Stone. With Lorde's glorious mane covering five of the letters from the magazine's name, it could easily pass as "Roll One," which would be, like, a magazine about good bread or something, IDK. It's definitely Rolling Stone, though, because Lorde is very, very excited about it. She's given the announcement an all-caps tweet, so you know she's excited. She doesn't throw caps around frequently.
This isn't Lorde's first magazine cover, but it is the first of 2014 and also—hello—Rolling Stone is huge. The singer is, as usual, channeling "goth vibes" on the cover, with her dark plum lips and familiar all-black uniform.
Lena Dunham on the cover of 'Vogue.'
Look who landed her first Vogue cover: Lena Dunham! I specify her first cover because Vogue does so as well in the title of the article, which, I assume, means Anna Wintour & Co. are planning for more in the future. Looks like Anna's appearance at the Girls premiere last week wasn't just to show off her perfectly appropriate jacket.
The February cover features Lena looking more buttoned-up (literally) than we're used to seeing her in a red polka-dot shirt. She's pulling at her collar as if she's nervous, but, girl, we've all seen your show. You know, Girls? The show you created, write, produce, direct, and star in. Being photographed by Annie Leibovitz must be less nerve-wrecking than all that, right?
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.