Penélope Cruz for V Magazine

Posted on July 08, 2011

Penelope Cruz gets her Princess Leia on for the cover of V magazine, but thankfully, there are no cinnamon buns on display.


V magazine #72, the Fall Preview 2011 issue, featuring Penelope Cruz in Ralph Lauren, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

We kinda love that cover because that’s not at all how we’re used to seeing her. Looks like a vintage early ’80s Interview magazine cover. She looks stunning, but apparently that wasn’t enough for V (or the current magazine market):

Because Penny done got herself hologram’d.

How jarringly life-like!

 

A silly little gimmick, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to move those issues off the rack, right? At least we got a series of gorgeous pics out of it.

[Photo Credit: vmagazine.com]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

    She looks beautiful.

  • Allyson Wells

    Maybe i’m too young to get this, but can someone explain how the photo is like Princess Leia?

    • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

      I’d guess they’re referring to the fact that Penelope is a hologram on the cover…much like Leia in the first Star Wars movie is projected by R2-D2 as a hologram.

      • Allyson Wells

        Ooooh I get it. Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        and here i was thinking we’d get a gold lame bikini in bondage shot.  i’m disappointed.

    • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

      I’d guess they’re referring to the fact that Penelope is a hologram on the cover…much like Leia in the first Star Wars movie is projected by R2-D2 as a hologram.

  • Anonymous

    Actually thought it was Eva Green for a second.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    Does she really have stretched out earlobes like that?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      OMG.  I just noticed.  A little scary.  Glad she has a “flaw”.

      • Anonymous

        Not really a flaw. It’s sometimes called gauging and a lot of people find it rather attractive.

        • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

          Are they actually gauged or is she just wearing earrings that look like that?

          • Anonymous

            That is what I am curious about. I know even regular piercings have some stretch to them, but I am not sure how much and if those actually are gauged earrings. If they are, that’s pretty damn cool.

          • http://twitter.com/Megan_Burgess Megan

            Those just look like big post earrings. I don’t think her ears are gauged.

          • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

            Yeah, the stud earrings appear to be pointy metal spikes.

          • Anonymous

            I am sure her ears are not gauged.

        • Anonymous

          Eeh… personally I don’t find self-mutilation attractive but to each his own I guess.

          And her ears aren’t gauged. If you look really, really closely at the first picture you’ll see that the earrings are conical. The wide base of the cone is resting against her earlobe giving the illusion that they’re gauged.

          • Anonymous

             Do you have issues with regular earrings then? Or tattoos?

            Now that I am looking at the pics on my big HD monitor at home, I can see that the earrings are conical. My work monitor is an ancient CRT piece of crap. I couldn’t even tell the pics were this bright!

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t say they’re “issues” but I am not a fan of neither.

            I never understood the appeal of piercing your ears (or body for that matter) to hang jewelry off of it when a clip-on works just a well (in the ears, at least).  Then there’s the infections and re-piercing because the holes close up.  I do take issue with parents who pierce their baby’s ears.  It just seems wrong, like they should give their child the choice when they’re older instead of making that choice for them.

            I think tattoos ruin everything.  You could be the hottest guy on the planet and if you’re all tatted up you won’t make my pants move.  Then again, it also depends on where the tattoo is located, how big it is, and what it is but overall they’re a big thumbs down for me.  It’s such a permanent thing to do to your body.

            Make no mistake, I’m certainly not judgmental or discriminatory about it.  A vast majority of my friends are pierced and tattooed. I just don’t find it attractive.   Like I said, to each his own.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

            Oh, get over yourself.  An earring is not the same as stretching huge holes into one’s ear lobes.  And tattoos?  Duh.  I guess you’re from some place where one can’t have stretched out earlobes without throwing in a tattoo or two.  Newsflash!  Each CAN be independent of the other and most of the time you will find tattoos and not a stretched out earlobe in sight.

          • Anonymous

            No, I was bringing up two common examples of body modification. Piercing your ears is still sticking a piece of metal/bone/plastic into your flesh and creating a scar, even if no one would question it as something not socially acceptable. Nowhere did I imply that if you have one, you have to have the other.

          • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

            I wouldn’t call it self-mutilation so much as self-modification… :)

    • Sara__B

      According to ancient Chinese “ear reading” (and an Internet site), The Buddha had very large, long earlobes so having similar lobes is extremely good luck. Supposedly everything comes very
      easily to those so blessed, they know how to enjoy life, and if they run into trouble,
      there’s always someone there to lend a helping hand.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      No, her ears are not stretched out.  They have two regular sized earring holes.  The earrings she’s wearing are just studs which are usually hammered into leather but in this case, someone has mounted earring posts into the back of them and turned them into earrings.   You may recognise the studs from any “punk” belt one can buy in Camden Market in London or in the Village in New York. 

  • http://twitter.com/epilonious epilonious

    See, I thought you meant Hologram as in “Jem and the…”

    I think that works too…

  • http://twitter.com/epilonious epilonious

    See, I thought you meant Hologram as in “Jem and the…”

    I think that works too…

  • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

    How very Robert Palmer…yet in a good way.  How does that work?

  • Anonymous

    I love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Lavender/553350310 Katherine Lavender

    The third photo is the best I think I’ve ever seen her.

  • Anonymous

    Tacky hologram aside, she looks beautiful. Nuff’ said

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    The neon bright colors make me think of Almodovar, which makes it even better. I love it (not the hologram, though maybe if it was still it would be, um, less nauseating).

  • http://twitter.com/ginpeck Gin Peck

    Whoa. Too much hologram makes me dizzy. I need to get off this ride.

    That dress is gorgeous, btw.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

    Freakin’ rad!! I want a poster!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1166704980 Deb Wood

    The third photo is gorgeous… but I can’t get past the fact that she looks like she needs to wipe her nose!

  • Anonymous

    I love holograms.

  • Anonymous

    She looks good and I think it’s a fun cover. 

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous and very dramatic.

  • mcarlson

    Good lord, what is it? 1987? REminds me of my high school year book.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she does look stunning in those photos.

  • MilaXX

    very pretty, as for the 3d effect, I guess they gotta do something to compete with the online market.

  • Anonymous

    She’s stunning, as usual. But I’m wondering, where’s the husband?

  • Saoirse Lee

    Fabulous and fierce as fook! She has the strong features to carry that angular 80s look and the graphic design is really strong, not something we’re used to seeing on covers anymore.

    Just one thing, that’s more a lenticular than a hologram.

  • Anonymous

    Ooooo! Aaaaah! So lifelike! haha The hologram idea is silly, but she looks gorgeous!

  • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea Jody Lee

    I don’t know, too much “Addicted to Love mannequin” and not enough Penelope.

  • Anonymous

    I love that you put the graphic in of how the front of the magazine works.  Well done, boys.

    • Lisa

      Yeah, that was pretty cool!  Thanks, TLo!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! She looks absolutely stunning.
    Dunno how much of that is Photoshop, but I don’t think she’s ever looked better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    anything w/ a hologram is always better than anything w/o one.

  • Anonymous

    Hologram anything really is 80s.

  • Lisa

    Oh, this is so fun!  I flashed back to the 80s so hard – I used to subscribe to Interview!

  • http://twitter.com/merrigator merrigator

    Love it!  She looks fabulous and I love the 80′s ultraslick styling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378141705 Gretchen Jacobsen

    she looks like a patrick nagel come to life. love it.

  • Anonymous

    She looks great. I wonder when these pictures were taken – relative to the new Cruz-Javier addition. That boa seems strategically placed in front of her abdomen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    OMG, LOOOOVE! Squee! This rocks my socks off, WOW. Wow.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    OMG, vintage “Interview” cover is right on the money. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Stunningly beautiful woman.  Cool cover shot!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

    woowww!! she looks awesome!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

      Makes me want to go out and buy the magazine haha

  • Anonymous

    Penny looks fabu!

    This is why I love V magazine.  They always do fun gimmicky covers.  A few years back for the Lady Gaga cover they glued plastic in the shape of sunglasses on the cover and you could choose what color you wanted: pink, blue, yellow.  And for a nightlife issue the V glowed in the dark.  V magazine is like the bratty, younger, hipster sister of W>

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

    Great photos, but she has red eye in that last photo! Was it beyond the technology of western civilization to remove it?

  • Anonymous

    Adore!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

    OMG, I have to go and buy this issue, just for this cover! The hologram is a cheap gimmick, but the psychedelic 80s technicolor is just amazing. It really is something very different from what we usually associate with Penelope, but she’s working it like crazy.