Faceoff: Marie Claire January 2012 Cover Girls

Posted on December 20, 2011

We did it for the boys last week and that proved so popular that we’re forcing the ladies into a face-giving cage match. Once again, our question is simple:

 

Who is giving the best face on the January 2012 Marie Claire cover?

 

Jolie’s bringing her A-game, but it’s perhaps a bit too intense for Marie Claire. Binoche looks over it, Rowland looks INSANE, and Witherspoon looks depressed. It’s not a bad picture of Scarlett, but it’s a bit too reminiscent of her Cosmo cover, right down to the pose and the purple lace dress. For us, the clear winner here is Cameron Diaz. She’s lighting up that cover even if the lighting itself is kind of flat and Polaroid-y and her eyes look a bit unfocussed.

 

 

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US

 

 

Juliette Binoche for Marie Claire France

 

Kelly Rowland for Marie Claire UK

 

Cameron Diaz for Marie Claire Australia

 

Scarlett Johansson for Marie Claire Mexico

 

Reese Witherspoon for Marie Claire Czech

[Image Credit: marieclaire.com, thefashionspot.com]

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  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

    Cameron brought it!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3HKIK7MIJMBDAQBDWEAQDTXUM theneva

      Too bad she forgot to bring her rib cage with her … or so Photoshop would have us believe. 

  • http://twitter.com/PumpsAndGloss Pumps and Gloss

    Kelly!!!!!

  • Sam Corbett

    As a standalone photo, Angie blows the rest of them out of the water, but you’re right that Cameron’s is also great (and much more appropriate for Marie Claire).

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, though I also think that Reese looks very pretty if low-key.  I may be biased towards chunky turtlenecks in December, though.

      • Anonymous

        I agree about Reese, but her picture is making me think Julia Roberts for some reason (didn’t she have a hiding in chunky sweater and aren’t me eyes pretty kind of picture at some point)?

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. I go with Angie, despite how Marie Claire-appropriate Cam looks, because Angie is serving up FACE and it’s so working.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

      Cameron looks like the Joker. 

      • Anonymous

        Agree.  not good.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t even like her, but totally agree.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, Angie has her standard “Yes, I am beautiful, much more so than you.  Now please stay the required 20 feet away from me.”  BORING……

  • Anonymous

    Ehhh…Reese, I guess?

  • Anonymous

    Scarlett Johansson / Marie Claire Mexico for the win.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.

  • Anonymous

    I call a tie for Jolie and Diaz!

  • MilaXX

    I like Reese’s the best.

  • Anonymous

    Cameron.  Kelly does NOT look like a sex goddess, and Scarlett needs a new facial expression.

    • Anonymous

      Hell Scarlett needs a facial expression period, I don’t think an open mouthed stare into the distance counts.

  • Harriet Stone

    I wish Angie would wear colour more often, it looks so good on her.

  • Anonymous

    Jolie, A-game? If A-game means the crazy eyes, then I guess so.
    I like Binoche for looking over it. Rowland’s not bad. But Reese wins.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree, BB. Jolie’s got crazy eyes AND the blow-up-doll pursed lips that I just can’t stand and wish she would stop doing (looking at you too, Johansson).

      I like that Binoche looks over it too.

      But it’s definitely Witherspoon for the win. She looks real, not tarted up and like she’s trying so hard to “give face.”

  • Katie Truax

    Cameron has the dead-eye look to me.  Angie and Reese for the tie.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! They both look fabulous, and relatively untouched by the photoshop wand.

      Juliette Binoche needs stronger makeup, Kelly Rowland’s skintone looks weird, and Diaz has done that exact pose and dress 1,000 times. Oh, and Scarlett’s is just sad in comparison to all the rest, poor girl.

  • Anonymous

    Binoche is a little old to be showing her bra.  She’s such a beautiful and classy woman, it seems Marie Claire could have done better by her.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    Witherspoon all the way.

  • foodycat

    I’m not particularly enamoured of any of them, I am afraid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I vote Reese.  

  • Anonymous

    I think Reese’s is the best photograph, best pose and best cover design combination.

    As for Angelina, I’m really surprised they used that picture because she’s not really looking into the lens, but rather right above it. And with a cover of this type, they always want the subject to be looking into the lens to connect with the (potential) reader. And the 100-mile stare is kind of weird.

    The covers from the UK and Australia look pretty amateurish. And the French cover isn’t too flattering. Juliette Binoche is A LOT prettier than that picture makes her look – and the colors aren’t too great.

    So it’s gotta be Reese for the win.

    –GothamTomato

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      In complete agreement. I was drawn to Reese’s cover, she looks different than usual, but fresh and fun. Jolie is stunning but the eyes ruin it in this photo. They seem kind of creepy to me, in fact, I think they’re following me around the room. 

      The others, including Cameron, just leave me feeling meh.

      • Anonymous

        Reese looks so different because they covered her chin with the sweater, thus altering the perceived shape of her face, softening it.  Brilliant.

    • Anonymous

      It also seems they’re trying to make Angelina look oddly girlish, which is almost jarring next to the blurb about her womanly accomplishments:  directing, marriage, children.  Between that and the 100-mile stare, it’s like she’s trying to convince someone out there that she can still play Ophelia.  She WAS never better than when playing bat-shit crazy adolescents….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G3M3UU5UCGKF3HEOATB5MF7CJQ Michele

      Gotta agree with Gotham.

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    Cameron – and I don’t even like her!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    diaz fo sho

  • Stefanie Hirsch

    It looks like Cameron’s eyes are looking in two different directions…

  • Anonymous

    It may be a bit over the top for Marie Claire, but if you were walking down the aisle and saw that picture, you would stop.  That’s what they want.  I love it.

    Reese’s is also great.  Cameron’s isn’t bad.  I wonder if Scarlett puts in her contract that she must wear purple dresses and have shit hair…why else would 2 separate magazines do this to her on purpose?

    • http://twitter.com/babsaffolter barbara affolter

      Maybe Scarlett is… a strong personality?  And the editorial staff maybe… disagrees with some of her stated opinions?  And they maybe… haven’t always chosen pictures that are incredibly flattering?  Or pictures that make her look like a human rather than a Real Doll?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really have a comment at the moment on the mag covers, but I was wondering where scottyf was?  I haven’t read anything from him in the comments section since the RDJ debacle between TLo and him, though maybe I’ve missed something.
    Perhaps it’s completely inappropriate to comment on a commenter’s absence, but scottyf has always been amusing and trenchant at the same time and I miss him.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      “Debacle?”

      Really?

  • Anonymous

    Reese FTW

  • Erin Nice

    Jolie did it best. I think she looks amazing.

  • Anonymous

    Scarlett’s is the only one I would pick up off a newsstand. All the others put me to sleep.

  • Anonymous

    Got to give it to Angie. Oh, and who won among the boys?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    they all look either severely medicated or in need of severe medication (cameron diaz is definitely seeing colors and shapes), i actually like juliettes quite a bit tho. if only it had been a closer crop in? my fave would be reeses because i like the colours. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

    Binoche for the win. Again, I say it’s all in the eyes. Juliette looks like a real live human being with thoughts and opinions.

    The rest of them simply don’t. There’s no there there. Combine that with the open mouth pout that ScarJo and AnJo have and you have a pair of creepy blow up dolls. Ugh. Gross.

    As for Diaz, well if anyone other than Terry Richardson had taken the picture, I’d give her the crown for that smile alone. But that pervert’s overlit style is so played out – and everything about him skeeves me out – that I refuse to praise anything associated with him. Sorry, Cammy. Pick a better photographer next time.

  • Anonymous

    Cameron looks like Generic Marie Claire Girl. She looks great but bland. Jolie looks like I’m a movie star muthafucka. Jolie for the win.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta go with Reese.

  • Susana Reyes

    Reese’s cover stands out.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, I think I am gonna go with Reese and Angie on this one. ScarJo just looks so incredibly desperate.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree so much. Cameron’s eyes are completely wonky, her hair is flat, and no matter how much they insist on putting her in red, I just don’t think it’s a good color for her.
    I think Witherspoon looks very pretty. Not fierce or anything, but pretty.
    Scarlett looks sexy as usual, but she always gives the same face.
    The clear winner for me is Jolie. To me, she’s jumping off the page and everything from makeup, hair and the color of her outfit is perfect. 

  • Judy_J

    Juliette B. looks natural, like a real woman.  I liked her cover shot best.  Angelina looks scary.  I kind of like Reese’s photo.  The smokey eye suits her.  Scarlett is just revisiting her Cosmo pose, which was not that great the first time around. 

    • Anonymous

      Noticed the same thing about Scarlett’s posing. She is  even wearing a similar dress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Francesca-Lagmay/7609751 Francesca Lagmay

    BLERG. Cameron by default, I guess. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Jolie could’ve nailed it, if she’d looked into the camera.

  • Anonymous

    Juliette Binoche looks exhausted.  More makeup, please.  Cameron Diaz looks like her usual happy, friendly self.  Reese Witherspoon looks adorable here, and I usually don’t think she is at all attractive, so I say she wins.  The others are just too movie-starrish for this magazine.

  • Anonymous

    Reese – that’s the magazine which would have got my attention, even though Cameron looks great. Binoche looks dull and Kelly looks too photoshopped.  Jolie looks like someone punched her in the mouth.  Are those her natural lips? 

    Scarlett looks beautiful but not interesting. 

  • Anonymous

    Juliette looks way more depressed than Reese. Angelina looks way more crazier than Kelly (tho the “I feel so GRRR” doesn’t help). Scarlett’s looks like a redo of that awful other thing, but that doesn’t make this good. Cameron’s looks like the test shot right before the cover shot-that-shoulda-been. It’s kind of a sad lot, unfortunately.
    But for purposes of a magazine cover, presumably to connect with potential buyers, I gotta say Reese, even if she’s sort of phoning it in. At least she’s looking right out, and seems like a “relatable” woman (which I think is the Marie Claire type).

  • Anonymous

    I guess I’m in the extreme minority here, but those blowup doll Botox lips really ruin AJ for me.  Looks like she’s pressed up against a window.

    All pretty boring, though.

  • Anonymous

    Angie, for sure.

    (with Reese a close second)

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Reese Witherspoon.  You rarely see a photo of her where she looks so approachable.  Exactly what MC wants for a cover.

  • Anonymous

    Meh, the only one I’d actually want to read is the one with Juliette Binoche and I don’t even speak french.

  • Anonymous

    Haha, just noticed that the first cover has “Project Runway: Winning Collection”  waaay up in the corner in a sheepish, like 5-point font.   Guess it’s not a big draw, eh?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe I’m saying it. Reese FTW. Not overly impressed with the others, and Cameron Diaz looks positively plasticized.

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    I love Reese’s photo.  She looks quietly chic, no?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

    Angelina, no question.

  • Anonymous

    I like Reese’s. I think Jolie is second. Cameron’s is too housewife-y for a mag cover for my taste. Kelly Rowland’s looks bad.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to say Angie FTW…until I saw Reese. Tie.

  • Anonymous

    I think I have to  give it to Witherspoon. All the other covers have something forced or weird about them, and hers is the most relate-ably and naturally beautiful, which I think is best for Marie Claire, isn’t it? I’d put Jolie as a very close second to Witherspoon.

    Rowland’s eye makeup looks like it was done with a jumbo-sized Sharpie. Binoche looks exhausted. Diaz’s and Johannson’s expressions look really forced to me.

  • Hilary Sain

    ANGIE! by a mile

  • Anonymous

    Binoche – hands down.

    Diaz looks like she’s high.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    Angelina Jolie is a clear winner here, with Cameron Diaz coming second. 

  • Anonymous

    If I had to pick, Reese. She looks pretty, approachable and natural. Cameron’s Joker smile is giving me the creeps and Angie looks like a blow-up sex doll. Is anyone home behind those eyes? 

    Juliette isn’t even trying.

  • Anonymous

    Angie for the win! I’m surprised you guys went for a Terry Richardson shot (even if the reasons you liked it have nothing to do with him). I agree that Rowland looks crazy–like she’s just stumbling in from a long night on the town and needs one last cocktail. Reese looks adorable and is a solid runner up for me, but it feels very 90s supermodel. Scarlett is trying too hard. Juliette isn’t trying hard enough. And Angelina just needs to pout, and I’m hers. Also: perfect make-up.

  • Anonymous

    Jolie – Hate that freakishly puffy trout pout upper lip
    Binoche – looks tired and blah; blazer looks messy at the bottom
    Rowland – kind of cute though too much eye makeup and the skirt is too puffy at the hips
    Diaz – the quote??? she looks ok but the dark roots are a but much (and is something up with her eyes?)
    Johannson – I like the outfit but not the porn face (anyone see how she dressed for Live with Kelly?)
    Witherspoon – I’d pick her for the win – she looks cute – although we don’t see much of the sweater

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got to say I LOVE this feature! Bring on more cage fights
    To me Reese is the clear winner this time … But maybe I just want her big cosy sweater

  • Anonymous

    Reese for the win, she looks like she is sane and cute.
    Not that there is anything wrong with insane……

  • Anonymous

    They’re all quite bad, except for Angie.  

  • Anonymous

    I always thought that Scarlett J. seemed pretty and sexy in a kind of naive and fresh way.  Now I think she just looks pretty and sexy but terribly confused. I would give it to Angie or Cameron.

  • Anonymous

    Cameron looks the happiest to be there but Angelina’s intensity wins it for me.

  • Mariah J

    Cameron wins with a smile. Jolie’s is good, but giving a bit too much.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    I like Reese.

  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    You really can’t compare face-only shots with body shots. They’re totally different dynamics.

    But for me, Reese’s is the most interesting. Especially since it’s not how we’re used to seeing her.

  • Anonymous

    Reese FTW.

    Jolie looks cray-cray.

  • Anonymous

    Jolie looks stunning and Juliette seems to radiate this understated confidence. 

  • Anonymous

    Cameron!

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Jolie for the win, by far

  • Anonymous

    1. Witherspoon – most holiday looking and relaxed
    2. Jolie – great face   
    3. Johansson – good
    4. Diaz  - ehh
    5. Rowland – ICKY dress and bad pose

  • Anonymous

    Reese FTW.

    Is anybody else getting a Madonna-circa-1984 vibe from ScarJo?

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Ha, no. Madonna was somewhat pretty but with great style. SacrJo and AngieJo are both beautiful women who wreck it with their tacky-ass bad style.

  • Anonymous

    Reese Witherspoon and Juliette Binoche (love her!) – both, for two completely different types of covers.

    Is it so wrong that I want to take a pin to Angelina Jolie’s lips?

    EVERYONE involved with Kelly Rowland’s cover should have been fired, especially the photographer and the makeup artist. And the stylist, . . . everyone.

    Cameron Diaz looks a little loopy.

    Scarlett’s picture is just stupid and says nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Angie and Scarlett are trying too hard.  
    Juliette says “Just take the damn picture.”
    Kelly can’t believe that’s the best shot they got of her.
    Cameron is actually asleep.
    Confident and cuddly Reese for the win.

  • Anonymous

    In terms of mood, Diaz looks like she’s just gone to a NYE party, which is a good mood to put on a January cover. Jolie’s easily the most gorgeous one, but she’s also pulling a damn Jolie on the cover, coasting on her undeniable beauty.

  • Bree The Vole

    Angelina and Reese look the best, but I also like Binoche’s cover. She’s such a subtly striking woman and she needs to be in more movies.

  • Terence Ng

    Tough between Scarlet and Angelina, but Scarlet’s got it DOWN. Scarlet.

  • Anonymous

    Cameron.

    None of the pics are outstanding though…

  • Anonymous

    I actually like Reese Witherspoon the best here.  I love the wintery feel of the shot and her blue eyes are stunning.

  • Anonymous

    I like Witherspoon’s look. I wish her eyes didn’t look so dead. 

  • Anonymous

    Angelina looks like a blow-up doll. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/argiebear Gustavo Casals

    Angelina is overdoing it. It’s Marie Claire, dial it down. I’m partial to Reese, she looks soft and pretty. 

  • Samantha Irene

    Reese

  • Anonymous

    You boys don’t like her as much as I do (bias admitted), but I’m giving it to Reese in this picture.  What a very low-key, pretty shot.

  • Anonymous

    Angelina reminds me of Jean Shrimpton … and Reese looks like an Olsen twin.
    Cameron looks lovely, but she is getting obscured by the layout and the colors used for the text. Compare her cover with Scarlett’s – Scarlett’s cover was better edited to show her off.
    Juliette barely showed up and the angle of the photo was really unflattering to Kelly.

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

    I can’t believe this myself, but I’m giving it to Witherspoon.  She looks interesting there, which is something she rarely manages to accomplish.

    (Cameron looks like her eyes aren’t exactly facing the same direction.  Odd.)

    • Kimberly Cooperrider

      Agreed, I’d have to give it to Reese. Her eyes look great and the cover catches my attention more than the others.

  • http://twitter.com/MissAmynae Amy Putnam Ellinger

    My goodness, Juliette Binoche is ageless.
    and cammy, I love your little crow’s feet and laugh lines. She looks great.

  • Anonymous

    wth? that IS the same photo of scarjo. even down to the crunchy hair! were they like, ‘let’s show them how it’s done’? haha absurdities.

  • http://twitter.com/IfIwasasculptor Erin Leahy

    I grow tired of Cameron’s big red lipped smile again and again…. I think Angie owns this one!

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986/about?hl=en Judy S

    re. Cameron–I think it’s the red dress. I went through the supermarket checkout line half an hour ago and almost bought  not only Vogue with Gaga in red on the cover, but Essence with Latifah–both in red. Also I think the way Diaz is cropped looks good. Not overwhelming, not too sensual. Just fun.

  • Anne Slovin

    Juliette Binoche is like, whatever, I’m too cool for this.

  • R. L.

    Reese.  She looks pretty.

  • Anonymous

    Angie – doing a W cover face; Juliette – More magazine; Cam – Seventeen; Kelly – prom picture; Reese – Lands End winter catalog; Scarlett – Cosmo, again.

    • Anonymous

      hahahahahaa! right on candigirl!

  • http://twitter.com/santumisra SANTU M.

    unfocused is the correct word, 
    infact OUT OF FOCUS would be the correct work, it’s either in focus or out of focus and i m sorry her eyes are in focus and sharp on the cover! 

    that’s all! 

    p.s.- WERQ that Google shit next time, pretty please?

  • http://profiles.google.com/laurenjeanstm Lauren St Martin

    I’d have to go with Reese or Angelina. Those girls are just insanely good looking. Plus, Cameron always has this thing where I hate her going on, so she can’t win. And she looks crazy here. In the bad way.

  • Anonymous

    all I can say for Kelly Rowland: girl, that’s not your body.

  • Linde Hoff

    Ditto from below — Angelina is, of course, too good for Marie Claire, in my opinion.  By that, I mean she’s just on a different level.  Reese is more MC appropriate.

  • oohsparkley!

    I like the Reese cover the best and Cameron’s second.  I wouldn’t even have recognized that as Angelina.  Although the Reese one isn’t that recognizable either, I still like it.  Too much photoshopping all around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

    Cameron hands down.

  • http://profiles.google.com/withano Loren S

    Reese Witherspoon looks kind of like the long-lost oldest Fanning sister here.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not crazy about any of these.

  • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

    Reese!

  • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

    Angelina: crazy eyes
    Juliette: Fabulous from the neck down. Don’t care for the messy hair. Weirdly, she looks just like Rachel Griffiths here.
    Kelly: Messy hair and weird smile. But makeup and outfit are lovely.
    Cameron: boring
    Scarlett: what’s wtih the sex face? Dress is ugly too. Stop letting them do this to you ScarJo!
    Reese: Wow! Best cover here. Flawless.

  • Anonymous

    I actually like Reese’s the best as a mag cover, but Angie’s is ofc flawless.

  • Anonymous

    Reese!

  • http://twitter.com/ChipsterTM Chipster TM

    When I saw Angelina I thought, Bachmann.

  • http://twitter.com/thisiscarlijn Carlijn Kruidhof

    Reese. It’s simple, pretty, in focus and not weird looking (erm…Jolie? What the hell?) and you can actually see it’s Reese Witherspoon. I absolutely HATE the Kelly Rowland one. Terrible, terrible make-up. 

  • http://twitter.com/babsaffolter barbara affolter

    Cameron looks great AND they didn’t Photoshop her face out of existence!  

    Angelina has the whole “terrifying lack of facial lines” thing going on.  It’s like there aren’t muscles moving under her skin around her eyes and mouth, like her face is molded like that.

    I am so sick of seeing Scarlet Johannsen make sex doll mouth.  Are her nostrils completely blocked?  Can she not breathe through her nose?  

  • Anonymous

    Reese FTW.

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    reese

  • Anonymous

    Diaz definitely!

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Akbean Abed Haddad

    Did no one notice that Cameron’s cover is the same as Harper’s Bazaar issue for August 2010

  • Anonymous

    Yep! Reese wins this one hands down.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    I don’t like her, but I kind of like Angie’s the best.

  • Anonymous

    this is a TOUGHY guys!!!!! id have to say cameron… only cuz she looks the most ready to be in a fun photoshoot. 

  • Anonymous

    Angie, even though it is a bit intense for MC I still think it’s the best. They sure didn’t do Juiette Binoche any favors did they? Did she piss off somebody?

  • Anonymous

    Love Reese….she looks adorable. 

  • Charles Purdy

    I’m a-scurred of Angie! Crazy eyes! “Beep-boop-beep, fem-bot mode: KILL HUMANS.” I really don’t like any of these photos … how can all these beautiful gals look so depressing?

  • Anonymous

    Scarlett Johanssen!   It’s a vindication over her other cover.  She looks great here.   Cameron does too but it looks almost like a candid. 

    Also, I’m showing my age here, but Angelina Jolie looks just like Linda Gray (aka Suellen/JR’s wife) from Dallas to me.  

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Reese.  She looks beautiful and real.  The others are too posey or look like they don’t know what there doing.  “Do I just stand here and stick my hip out?”

  • Anonymous

    Reese wins this round.

  • Anonymous

    Reece for the win. 

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

    Angelina brought.it.  Flawless and fierce!

  • Anonymous

    Reese FTW. I’m a sucker for winter white, and I love the makeup. Angie looks like she wants to eat my brain, Cameron looks like the Joker’s daughter, I dig Kelly’s dress but the makeup is AWFUL, and ScarJo looks better as a strawberry blonde than a straight-up redhead, which is odd, because for the longest time I thought she was like Nicole Kidman – a natural redhead who blonded herself for reasons unknown and stupid.

    As for Binoche, she and Julianne Moore occupy this weird subset of women who are absolutely gorgeous and yet almost always look terrible when called upon to stand around in clothes. Baffling.

  • Mary McClelland

    Angelina looks so amazing just being herself that I sort of have to give her the win. A close second is Witherspoon. She looks down to earth, natural, and comfortable without being pose-y – which a real stride for her as she always looks so syrupy and posed. 

  • Kwei-lin Lum

    The bigger the head, the more I like the picture.  It’s an easy 1-2-3 ranking:  Jolie, Witherspoon, Diaz, and the others not so much. The clothes are too blah to make an impact with the pose or body language, so the faces say it all.

  • Anonymous

    Reese or Angelina and I don’t really like either of them

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    i dont really like any of them too much, but i think id have to say Cameron

  • Brad and Anne White

    Ms. Reese nails it for me. That’s my vote.

  • Anonymous

    That Reese Witherspoon photo is recycled from the Marie Claire US, October 2011 issue: http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity-lifestyle/celebrities/reese-witherspoon-cover  

    Anyway, I like that they didn’t remove Cameron’s wrinkles in her cover, although doesn’t it seem like her body is too airbrushed? And doesn’t it seem like her waist is impossibly skinny? 

    Angelina’s photo is very flattering, but it looks like she’s a little too airbrushed. 

    I *love* Julliette’s photo – so cool. Doesn’t it look like she walked in off the street in that outfit, and they got the photo in one take?

  • Joe Coloff

    Not Beyonce’ (Kelly)  is working it, I also like Reese, she is so natural and makes me think of December and being warm and cozy. 

  • http://twitter.com/ADCtheABC Annie Chen

    My vote goes to Reese. Cameron looks dead in the eyes.

  • Anonymous

    To me, that is the ugliest photo of Angelina I’ve ever seen, and I’ve always considered her to be an extremely beautiful woman.  If I have to vote for one of these, I’d go with Juliette.  It’s not a stunning cover, but at least she looks like a real woman.  And her performance in The English Patient is still one of my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    Just looking at this picture of Juliette Binoche is making me depressed. Honestly, I don’t really like any of these covers.

  • Anonymous

    angelina jolie, probably, cos she looks here like so many of the amazing 60s models–the ones who looked more like veruschka or paul mccartney’s girlfriend, not twiggy.

    i know i’m not supposed to say angelina jolie for all sorts of reasons, so juliette binoche then. cos it all looks effortless & when it goes effortless it hits a more intellectual note &, you know, i am all over that like white is upon the grains of rice.

  • Anonymous

    Angelina. Second: Reese (unrecognizable sans chin but pretty as heck)

  • Anonymous

    I disagree.  Reese looks the most interesting – and her eyes are beautiful.  Angie’s is gorgeous but she could be stuffed or made of wax, have her photo taken and she’d still look beautiful without trying.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/fade131 Fade 131

    Angie, has to be. Diaz just looks… I don’t even know. Like a creepy Barbie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

    Gotta be Reese, for me.

  • Anonymous

    Witherspoon by miles – the rest look amateurish to me.

    Also, Czechs love to be sad.

  • Anonymous

    In terms of the photography/art direction—Witherspoon. In terms of fashion/panâche—Juliet Binoche. 

  • Anonymous

    Diaz looks high – for me it’s Angelina & Reese FTW. Both covers leap out. The others are just background noise on an already cluttered magazine rack.

  • Anonymous

    Juliette Binoche for the win……and kudos for going easy on the photoshop

  • Anonymous

    Cameron does have that zillion dollar smile and gorgeous eyes, she almost always looks great on a cover.  The fact she started her career as a model as opposed to the other actresses here doesn’t hurt.  That said, I do love that photo of Reese, she looks beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be difficult and put in a plug for Binoche’s French cool and real face.  Have to chuckle at Jolie’s cover quote … “Why I could get pregnant again …”  No, really?, Angelina — how exactly does that happen?  Would love to see her go away for a bit–missing her would feel pretty great.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mercbubble42 Jessica O’Connell

    What did they do to Kelly Rowland????

  • http://profiles.google.com/mercbubble42 Jessica O’Connell

    What did they do to Kelly Rowland????

  • sweetlilvoice

    I like Reese the best….love the red on Cameron’s cover.

  • Anonymous

    Reece Witherspoon FTW!

  • Anonymous

    Juliette – love that easy sophistication.  Although she oddly resembles Aerin Lauder in this photo and I wish the undershirt was a tank instead of a bra.

  • Anonymous

    The Angelina Jolie picture is striking, but almost *too* striking, in a slightly off-putting way. Kelly Rowland seems almost shy in that pic. I love how relaxed and confident Juliette Binoche looks, even if her picture is a bit on the low-key side. Cameron looks good. Scarlet looks like a blow-up doll. No thanks. My favorite is Reese.

  • Anonymous

    Reese.

  • Aggie Traye

    Really? Cameron looks strained and insincere, plus she’s looking lit and overworked like a Terry Richardson spread.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Reese.

  • Anonymous

    Angelina, hands down. I’d place Reese second, because she looks nothing like herself to me here.

  • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora

    Angie

  • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

    Witherspoon for the WIN.

  • Anonymous

    Angie looks like she’s just realized she left the oven on, I don’t know why Kelly is standing like that, Cameron is giving me Good Housekeeping. I do like Scarlett’s pic, but more for Maxim than MC.

    Binoche looks the classiest and least insane to me, but I think Reese is the most striking cover.

  • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

    odd, that reese cover was the MC US cover for october or november i think. is that common practice to reuse covers?

  • Ebony Dawkins

    1. Angelina J. is very intense, but gorgeous. But, she looks like she she might eat your brains or something. Scary, but gorgeous all the same.
    2. Juliette B. is looking very “I’m too old for this shit.” Surely that wasn’t the BEST take for the cover.
    3. Kelly R…. Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Poor girl just can’t get right. That eye make up is HORRID. I cant tell what she looks like because there’s raccoon makeup on her face!
    4. Cameron D. is giving me fun, fresh, sexy. Love it – she does, indeed, light up the cover.
    5. Scarlett J. is continuing with horrible cover season, I see. Is it the hair, the awkward poses, or what? Lord, hear my cry – please let whatever SJ is promoting come out in theaters or on tv or whatever so we can stop seeing her looking like this on magazines. Amen.
    6. I think Reese W. looks quite smashing here.

  • http://twitter.com/nicolahearts nicole seligman

    reese, hands down.

  • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

    I wish for the day when Rowland goes away, far, far, far away from this blog.

  • http://twitter.com/moodring54 Rachel

    Angelina wins by a long run, with Juliette in second place. Reese looks like an Olsen, Kelly’s makeup is tragic, Cameron’s face is a little harsh, and Scarlett’s hair and dress are lifeless.

  • bloodshothalfblind

    wtf happened to the other girls?  it’s not like this is the first time any of them have been on the cover of a magazine.  i’m surprised so many of them did so poorly.  

  • Anonymous

    i’ma go with reese for the win!