Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of 'People.'
Photo: People Magazine
I have a prediction that at some point in the future, history books shall recognize 2014 as The Year of Lupita. It may only be April, but Lupita Nyong'o has already won an Oscar, become the new face of Lancome, and stolen the heart of every single human on the planet. Not too shabby for just four months. ALSO, as of today, the actress has one more accomplishment to add to her 2014 résumé: being named the World's Most Beautiful by People magazine. It's a seriously impressive feat for someone who has been famous for less than 365 days, but c'mon, is anyone really surprised? Lupita's beauty and grace shine so brightly that any other choice would have felt like highway robbery.
Rihanna for 'Vogue Brazil.'
Photo: Vogue Brazil
The last time we saw shirtless Rihanna, she used her hair to cover essential parts. In a new photo from her Vogue Brazil spread, though, Rihanna has no hair to spare. She's sporting her short 'do from this winter and what she lacks in shirts, she makes up for in gold. Most people don't stoop over an outdoor sink wearing wrists full of gold bangles and a gold choker, but Rihanna isn't most people, obviously.
Emma Stone on the cover of 'Vogue.'
After running one of the magazine's most controversial covers ever (more like #WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOVER, amirite??), Vogue is playing it a little safer with their May issue. Of course, safe doesn’t mean boring, especially in the case of two-time cover star Emma Stone. The 25-year-old actress opens up about everything, from never having watched Easy A to referring to herself as “that bland basic b****” after a Google search of herself yielded that description. Basically, she confirms her reputation as someone you’d want as your BFF. Emma is also down to earth when it comes to her style—she doesn’t even think she’s influential in that respect. But, umm, Em, we politely disagree with you. Case in point: any time she hits a red carpet and, obviously, her two Vogue covers.
Angel Haze and Iggy Azalea for 'Elle.'
Photo: Elle Magazine
Springtime is not only in the running for the greatest season ever because it’s when we can finally come out of hibernation—it’s also the time of the year when fashion magazines put out their music issues, cast our favorite artists in new editorial light, and get them to open up about their style and more. We already peeped Miley Cyrus' cover for Elle's Women in Music issue, but now we can see who appears inside and we are pretttty excited about who they tapped.
Eleven ladies are featured inside the issue, including Angel Haze, Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, and Ariana Grande. Of course, they’re all styled to perfection. Angel Haze pulls off what must be a very heavy Dolce & Gabbana coin belt with matching earrings and a silk fringe top by the fashion house. Iggy, meanwhile, wears both some crazy bedazzled arm cuffs by Maison Martin Margiela and the wet-hair trend.
Lorde on the cover of 'Teen Vogue.'
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There’s something different about Lorde’s Teen Vogue cover. *Squints eyes, cocks head* Oh right! Lorde is wearing a whole lot of color. The 17-year-old alt-pop wunderkind is glowing on her latest magazine cover, where she’s styled in an orange-and-red plaid top from Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection—a pivot from her typically goth, mostly monotone M.O. Lorde’s softer makeup—a light smoky eye finished with silver shadow and a natural lip (not her signature purple shade)—is another departure that we can get behind.
Lorde opens up in her profile about the unrealistic beauty ideals placed on pop stars—and, she hopes, their eventual disappearance. "There are a lot of expectations in this industry about looking a certain way and having a certain kind of appeal," she says. "I am feminine, but I really love dressing in boys' clothes too. I guess that's why I get labeled as 'the grumpy girl,' because I don't play into that."
Kiernan Shipka for 'Vanity Fair.'
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I will never NOT be surprised that Kiernan Shipka is only 14 years old. Maybe it's because she fits in so well with the 1960s setting of Mad Men. But more likely, it's because her personal style is already more mature and high-fashion than most adults in the entertainment industry. She always (ALWAYS) kills it on the red carpet, and now, in this month's issue of Vanity Fair, she brings that same glamorous flair to a retro-themed photo spotlight. She even showed up to the interview looking flawless—a vintage Céline sweater, drop-waist Rag & Bone skirt, black ankle boots, and pink Miu Miu purse. Like...what??? I guess Kiernan is the one girl in the history of the world who hasn't had to go through an awkward preteen phase #blessed.
Lupita Nyong'o for 'Marie Claire.'
Photo: Marie Claire
If two magazine covers are better than one, five is, like... *eyes turn to hearts and spring out of skull, tongue unfurls onto floor, and a tiny version of you walks out from inside your mouth and faints on the tip* And that's EXACTLY (more or less) what happened when we saw that Marie Claire had tapped Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning, Emilia Clark, and Kate Mara for the mag's May issue.
Lupita Nyon'o for 'Marie Claire.'
Photo: Marie Claire
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Lupita can do no wrong. For her cover, Lupita wears a hot-pink, snakeskin-trimmed gown by Christopher Kane. Inside, she wears a black-and-white optic Dior stunner that she accessorized with a ribbed scarf and a Graziela Gems ear cuff. And in her interview, Lupita is as poised as ever on the topic of other peoples’ opinions: "Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing! But at the same time, I don't want to thrive on people's opinions of me."
As for her path to fashion darling-dom? It has a lot to do with her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, who covered the Hollywood Reporter with Lupita earlier this year. "I wasn't a follower of fashion. It was a world unknown,” Lupita says, “Then I met my stylist, Micaela Erlanger...and we came to interpret my style: clean lines, strong color."
Ellie Goulding for 'Cosmopolitan.'
Photo: Cosmopolitan Magazine
It's no secret that Ellie Goulding's style is on point. As a quick scroll through her frequently updated Instagram will tell you, the singer's fashion sense is the perfect combination of leather pieces, streetwear, and, like, totally elegant gowns. Her performance outfits often pair shorts and crop tops, but she looks equally as comfortable in a floor-length number at more formal events. Cosmopolitan's spread featuring Ellie totally nails her natural tough-yet-feminine vibe and puts her in pieces we can totally see her wearing IRL.
This peach Gucci dress, for example, shows off some cleavage and leg, and has black accents. It goes perfectly with her always expertly mussed hair—what doesn't, though?—and would be perfect for, IDK, something like the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Oh, yeah, she's performing at the awards on Sunday. Will she wear one of these dresses? She totally should, IMHO!
Beyonce on the cover of 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine
Ring the alarm. Beyonce is not only topless on her first magazine cover of 2014, Out, she’s also platinum with a bob à la Marilyn Monroe. We’ve seen a lot of different Beyonces over the years—case in point: We saw 17 of them just over the course of her visual album—but this is an entirely new look for Queen B.
Beyonce for 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine
Inside the magazine, we get a look at Beyonce’s revealing cover outfit: just two body chains and two tiny necklaces. But then again, those necklaces likely cost more than our clothes budget for the year, so you do you, Bey. Since she was in the midst of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour during the shoot, she was probably pressed for time and needed quick outfits to wear. (I mean, she didn’t even have enough time to sit down with the writer for a face-to-face interview—they emailed.) To be fair, though, Bey does make a great case for an all-white suit when she pops up in a beaded eyelet tuxedo in another shot.
Does Miley Cyrus get more hours per day than everyone else? How else could she manage to be on her Bangerz Tour, act as the face of Marc Jacobs, and cover magazines practically every month? Her latest cover is a big one—Elle's Women in Music issue. Unlike her most recent cover—for W, where she was wearing a whole lotta nothing—for Elle, Miley has on a sequined jumpsuit from Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 collection.
What Miley gained in clothing she lost in accessories—while her W cover featured baubles on baubles and bling on bling, here she only has on two bracelets and one ring. Her makeup is similarly just as low-key, with her strong brows (welcome back, bbs!) standing in stark contrast to her platinum pixie.