Cover Girl: Christina Ricci for Nylon

Posted on August 30, 2011

We think Christina Ricci’s facial expression on the cover of Nylon pretty much mirrors our own when we saw it.
Christina Ricci for Nylon Magazine

Top by Moschino, shorts by ASOS, earrings by Dandi Maestere.

“What the FUCK?” Indeed.

Christina Ricci, photographed by Guy Aroch
Styling by Anda and Masha
Nylon, September 2011 Issue

 

We’re really not sure what the thinking was here. She’s flogging her early-’60s-set TV show, so they put her in Twiggy makeup, really modern clothes, and gave her a … guitar? No wonder she’s got that look on her face. And there must have been a real crunch for time because they obviously only took the one picture of her. Surely they didn’t choose this picture out of hundreds shot, did they? They must have had no choice but to throw a guitar at her and take one quick picture while she was asking “But what am I supposed to do with the guitar?”

We kind of dig the ensemble, but literally everything happening above the neck is a poor choice. It’s one of the worst pictures of her we’ve ever seen.

 

[Photo Credit: Guy Aroch for nylonmag.com]

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  • Anonymous

    This looks like Gretchen trying to be Mondo.

  • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

    My body hurts looking at her.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    Yikes. Anywhere else and I’d call bad photoshop hijinks.

  • Anonymous

    Dazed and Confused

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalca4 Denise Alcantara

    This is a sad and wasted opportunity – she’s got great features to really pull of a 1960s mod look and it would have made a killer cover and editorial if she had done something a la Twiggy or Jean Shrimpton but with a fresh and modern twist. For Shame, Nylon!

    • shorty j

      EXACTLY. that’s what makes this irritating instead of just bad. 

  • Anonymous

    Mondo is to blame for this trend.

    • Anonymous

       I can see it.  The bright and mismatched prints?

      • Anonymous

        Yes.

    • Anonymous

      Except when Mondo mixes prints, they look good.  This…not so much.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. Mondo would have balanced the blouse with black and white graphic shorts.

      • Anonymous

        So true. You need panache, which Monda has an abundance of and the stylist for this photo most certainly does not.

  • Anonymous

    Is her show Sixties-themed? That outfit sure isn’t. You’d think someone in fashion would have spent at least 10 minutes looking at 60s clothes before. That outfit is a bad parody of two different moments in the SEVENTIES. And the guitar is wrong, too; it looks Eighties or Nineties to me. F-minus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

      Exactly, the ’70s: hot pants and secretary pussy bow.

      However, don’t remember any hot pants carved out of grandma’s afghan.

      And nobody, but nobody paired ‘em with a secretary blouse.

      Bad enough each on their onw. The combo is killing me.

      • Anonymous

         WHEN were hot pants?  I thought it would have been somewhere around 1969-1973?

        • Anonymous

          I had hot pants in high school; wore ‘em under a very short minidress. I graduated high school in 1969. Within a year, the dresses were getting longer.

    • Anonymous

      In 1966 my mother wore hot pants (yikes!).  I never think of my mom as fashion forward, but looking back I think I’m wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll bet she did (fwooarrr!) but they didn’t look anything like this little number.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll bet she did (fwooarrr!) but they didn’t look anything like this little number.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she’s managed to look both demented and spastic at the same time. Bravo!

  • Now I am The Bee

    Yikes!  Deer in the headlights. 
    Love the outfit, though.  Pure 60s–mixing those patterns. 
    BTW–I remember when Twiggy was modeling–her eyes were never so blackened as this.  She had those sweet drawn-on bottom lashes with no eyeliner, from what I remember.  I still wear my mascara that way! 

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Man, is she giving bad face in that photo.  I hate the outfit, too, although I kinda like the earrings.

  • Terence Ng

    This makes her look like Mena Suvari.  It also seems to harken back to her wide-eyed Wednesday Addams creepy appeal days, but if that was the point, the execution is all off.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    The light reflecting off the guitar onto her thigh looks like she’s wearing sheer stockings with a run in them.  

  • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

    Nylon is so hipster ya’ll

  • MilaXX

    LOL, that is kinda jacked up. It’s like Scoopy Doo when he cocks his head to the side and goes, “Uhhhh?!”

  • Anonymous

    It took me a minute to figure out that that thing is a guitar.  And then WTF settled in.  I mean, it looks like they took a picture of her and then later thought, “you know what this picture needs?  A guitar!”  So they slapped in a guitar at an awkward angle and photoshopped in what they thought were the appropriate shadows.

    Is it really supposed to be reminiscent of the ’60′s?  It’s just totally wrong, from the hair to the clothes.  Very odd.

  • http://twitter.com/BrickMercury Brick Mercury

    i’m pretty certain no photo shoot actually took place.  Looks like a lot of (bad) Photoshop work went on here.

  • http://twitter.com/BrickMercury Brick Mercury

    i’m pretty certain no photo shoot actually took place.  Looks like a lot of (bad) Photoshop work went on here.

  • http://twitter.com/BrickMercury Brick Mercury

    i’m pretty certain no photo shoot actually took place.  Looks like a lot of (bad) Photoshop work went on here.

  • Anonymous

    The eye make-up is great. The rest, not so much. Actually, the rest is *not*great*at*all*.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    It’s one of the least bizarre things Nylon has done lately.

  • Anonymous

    I rarely buy fashion magazines, and this cover certainly validates my usual practice. Her sanpaku is really scary (sanpaku = the white under your eyes as well as the two areas of white on either side of the iris showing, which in macrobiotic lore means you are overly fatigued and at risk for disease and accidents). I don’t believe in that, but if you look at most people, you can’t see the bottom of the whites generally. Thus CR looks very strange.

    • Anonymous

      it looks to me like it was a novice makeup artist who was trying to replicate that odd googly eye effect lady gaga did awhile back with the white eyeliner. or some  weirdo photoshopped it. disturbing either way. i do kind of like the outfit, interesting prints. the guitar is pointless.

  • Elena

    I don’t know guys, it just looks like a Nylon cover to me. And I like Nylon, but sometimes I flip the magazine over to the back ad when there are people around

  • Anonymous

    Egads!

  • Anonymous

    She looks like she’s receiving messages from outer space.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

    Deer. Headlights. Jacklighting.

  • Anonymous

    What is this, Seventeen? Gross.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe even lower than Seventeen–how ’bout 16 1/2?

  • Judy_J

    What did they do to her right arm?  Judging from that squared-off shoulder, it’s not even attached to her body!  Her head looks like it’s been photoshopped on someone else, too.  The guitar has also been photoshopped in.  Awful.

  • Judy_J

    What did they do to her right arm?  Judging from that squared-off shoulder, it’s not even attached to her body!  Her head looks like it’s been photoshopped on someone else, too.  The guitar has also been photoshopped in.  Awful.

  • Deana Grenberg

    Nothing says “Rock and ROLL!” like a pussy bow.

  • Anonymous

    I think she must have pissed someone off.

    I like the earrings though.

    –GothamTomato

  • Rand Ortega

    Gah!

  • Anonymous

    I love everything except the expression on her face.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really mind the eye make-up; it really emphasizes those big eyes of hers.  It’s everything else that I have a problem with.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the guitar is supposed to go with the high voltage looks headline! I hope she did it for the money. A lot of money. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the guitar is supposed to go with the high voltage looks headline! I hope she did it for the money. A lot of money. 

  • Valerie Owens

    Awwww, i think her freaky doll eyes were MADE for that kind of makeup. The outfit and expression however… not so much.
     

  • Valerie Owens

    Awwww, i think her freaky doll eyes were MADE for that kind of makeup. The outfit and expression however… not so much.
     

  • Anonymous

    Well, the outfit speaks for itself………but having seen her on Drag U a few weeks ago, Christina is looking very mid-life Judy Garland lately. That’s not a compliment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Mini dress guys! MINI. DRESS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Mini dress guys! MINI. DRESS.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crappy Photoshopping batman!

  • Anonymous

    Holy crappy Photoshopping batman!

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I see questionable is what appears to be a sweat stain under her left arm pit. Probably isn’t but it is an
    unfortunate placement of darker color.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, is that even her body and her head?  Looks like a crappy computer mismatch.  And that outfit…….my eyes do not roll far enough to completely express my disdain.  Good godawful grief.

  • Anonymous

    sometimes they give meaningless props as a way to further the issue’s theme, but as it,s the tv issue, the guitar makes even LESS sense. i’m surprised those shorts are asos, tho: love!

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the ends of her hair were chewed upon by dachshunds.  And her shorts seem to recall those crocheted toilet paper covers that gramma used to make.  Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      Hilarious! I love that you specified “dachshunds”. Also, you speak the truth.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, I saw crocheted pot holders, but we’re thinking along the same lines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

    What did they do to her right arm and shoulder?  Looks painful!  As does the outfit and accessories!

  • Anonymous

    And then they gave her a guitar!!!!

  • Anonymous

    And then they gave her a guitar!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Could we PLEASE just stop playing with Photoshop for a while? I’m sure there was a normal picture in there somewhere, but no, the newbie with the Wacom tablet said, “I can do it”… and someone forgot to back up the originals. And this is how this happend. Right? Right?

  • Anonymous

    Could we PLEASE just stop playing with Photoshop for a while? I’m sure there was a normal picture in there somewhere, but no, the newbie with the Wacom tablet said, “I can do it”… and someone forgot to back up the originals. And this is how this happend. Right? Right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515828301 Arynn Sprague

    If you hadn’t told me that was Ricci I wouldn’t even have recognized her, she looks so unlike herself in this photo!

  • Anonymous

    The photoshopping is so bad even I noticed it, and I’m usually unaware of what’s photoshopped and what isn’t. Cover photos have been looking crappy for years now, but I think this is the worst I’ve ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    The photoshopping is so bad even I noticed it, and I’m usually unaware of what’s photoshopped and what isn’t. Cover photos have been looking crappy for years now, but I think this is the worst I’ve ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    Wow… she really pissed off someone at Nylon!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    WOW, that is… not good.

  • Anonymous

    Hate it. She looks like a bobblehead doll

  • Anonymous

    She has a weird resemblence to Emma Watson here… and she’s wearing hot pants covered in Nerds candy.  Why?

  • Anonymous

    I thought she was channelling Katy Perry – minus the cotton candy colored hair – with that expression.

    Ok, LMAO but my 9 yo DD walked in the room, said “Why are you looking at that?” I explained it was a magazine cover. She said “She looks butt-ugly!” and stormed out of the room.

    That about sums it up right there, now doesn’t it??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I think they completely photoshopped her body. She doesn’t have that long, willowy torso.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Weird pose, but I did think her make-up was pretty.

  • Anonymous

    These clothes are really modern? The prints seem pretty 60s/70s to me, and didn’t that kind of cut high on the leg, high-waisted shorts have a moment in… the 50s? 60s? 70s? Somewhere in there? (I know they’re coming back recently, so they’re modern in that sense, but I feel like they are referential to some retro period.)

    The guitar is weird, though, for sure. That is not the outfit, make-up, or pose of a hard-rocking, electric guitar-playing girl. Also, and I think this is the pickiest comment I’ve ever made, neither the color nor the design motif on the guitar gels with the rest of what’s in the picture.

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

      i think maybe 40s/70s, second world war era & its nostalghia thirty years later.

  • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

    This hardly even looks like her, more like an actress who’d play her sister in a movie. There’s a resemblance, certainly, but Christina Ricci mightn’t have come to mind if the post/the magazine weren’t labelled with her name.

  • Anonymous

    Gads, she looks like an 8 year-old playing dress up.   I wouldn’t have recognized her without her name on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Gads, she looks like an 8 year-old playing dress up.   I wouldn’t have recognized her without her name on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Gads, she looks like an 8 year-old playing dress up.   I wouldn’t have recognized her without her name on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Gads, she looks like an 8 year-old playing dress up.   I wouldn’t have recognized her without her name on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Gads, she looks like an 8 year-old playing dress up.   I wouldn’t have recognized her without her name on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like she literally has her head wedged between the Y and the O and it is very painful for her.

    Pretty much hate everything about this styling: the hair, makeup, the clothing, the prop… Dumb.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing nobody on her ‘team’ had any say in the photo used.

  • Anonymous

    Love Cricci, and love this photo. I think it’s a  perfect cover shot – her arresting gaze and cartoon-like features immediately catch and hold your attention. J’adore. This girl and the possible clothes porn are the only reason I’ll be watching Pan Am.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

    I never would have even guessed that was her! She is unrecognizable!

  • Anonymous

    Hurry! Hurry! It’s Josie and the Pussycats!

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    I think that’s the fiercest face she can give….I’m really looking forward to “Pan Am”…the outfit is TOO LOUD

  • Anonymous

    Love the look, minus the guitar. For me, the makeup works beautifully with the clothes. I’m seeing sixties fused with contemporary.

    The photo, on the other hand, is… hmm. HMMM.

  • Anonymous

    This one is multi-tasking.  She is NatalieRoseLiLo…and just an underline of crackhead at 3:52 on the a.m. (referring to the dead on look she is giving us) She is what 31 or so…and is able to pull of 14. Could be impressive if the kids nowadays were into it. She should take the Drew Barrymore route and just get serious before folks don’t know that she is important. She can do better if she owned herself. Good Luck Ricci…it’s the final countdown.

  • Michael Colvin

    Awesome blouse. Weird bottom. And that face – is she disturbed about the sheer amount of makeup? 

  • Anonymous

    I hate the whole look. It’s just ridiculous and she looks stupid.

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

    the clothes are beautiful, particularly the moschino, even the forced-retro earrings arent too bad–but that is a horrible, horrible picture. however, to be both honest & fair & whether i like it or not, that’s a very contemporary way of taking a photograph.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that the Nylon cover theme, though? Skinny young actresses looking stoned/roofied?

    I want to like this magazine, but their editorial style is seriously ADD. Articles for people who can’t read more than 140 characters at a time.

    • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

      Every time I purchase an issue of Nylon, about halfway through it I always think “why the hell did I buy this?  Why do I keep thinking I’ll enjoy it?”  I’m not sure if I’m a little too old and not in the intended demographic, or if it’s just a shit magazine.  Not a fan at all.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone notice her left shoulder? It’s all pointy and looks cut off. Unbelievable. 

  • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

    I miss the Christina that was about a half stone heavier.  That Posen she wore to the Met Gala is going to give her YEEEEAAARS of cred as far as I’m concerned.  Not that she’s in any way responsible for these shenanigans.  I’m just putting it out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    My Nylon has her in a different pose. It’s worse, though – she looks like she’s a paper doll. All flat. 

  • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

    I didn’t even notice the guitar until you mentioned it. And this is not the first time I see this picture. What is wrong with you, self?

    Looks like they tried to pull a Mondo and failed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Curefreak Daniel Wheeler

    wow she looks way too skinny