Christina Hendricks for Cosmopolitan UK

Posted on March 05, 2012

Christina hauls out the babyheads for Cosmo, which is like Babyhead Central International and has been for the last 35 years.

Christina Hendricks featured in the March 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan UK photographed by James White.

Inside, she gives very publicist-approved sound bites.

On not expecting to become a pin-up: “It’s incredibly flattering and surprising, and I didn’t think for a second when I started Mad Men that people would talk about me as being sexy or a pin up. My husband has a good laugh about it, of course.”

On how she defines “sexy”: “Sexiness is about confidence and individuality. I can’t keep my eyes off the women you see in cities like London, New York and Paris – the way they carry themselves and put themselves together are always so unique. Sexiness is about being an individual and having conviction about what that is.”

But let’s face it, it’s all about the pictures.

The hair and makeup are perfect for her. She’s way more attractive when she’s laughing or smiling. Not that she’s unattractive otherwise, but sometimes she’s asked to sell the sultry looks a little too hard when she poses for pics. She’s much more interesting when she’s vivacious than when she’s sucking in her cheeks.

And the neckline and proportions on that gold dress are terrible for her figure.

 

[Photo Credit: James White for cosmopolitan.co.uk]

    • Paigealicious

      It’s sad when the best picture of her is the one of her face by itself.

    • Paigealicious

      It’s sad when the best picture of her is the one of her face by itself.

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      Those are not baby heads. They are like pre-teen heads, like a 11 or 12 year old size head.

      • Paigealicious

         To quote MST3K: “There’s a dwarf in her dress holding those things up!”  and “She’s baking loaves of bread in there!”

      • Diane_G

        To quote the fab J. Alexander: Baby, when she released those puppies, they were full-grown dogs!

      • SewingSiren

        I had the exact same thought.

      • makeityourself

        I think the baby heads are bigger than her own head, so what should we call them?  The Yul Brenner’s?  The Charles Barkleys?

        • mom2ajs5

           The Charles Barkleys!!! That made my night :))))))

    • NurseEllen

      That closeup is amazing.  She’s gorgous but of course you’re right, she tries too damn hard.  Or they make her try.  Or something.  Relax, honey, and you’ll never take a bad picture again.

    • annie_wonder

      I’m beyond bored of seeing shots like these of her. It seems like there’s no happy medium – they (meaning the infamous baby-heads) are either on full show or completely covered up to the neck. Don’t they pay these magazine editors to be creative, no?! 

    • aimee_parrott

      Whoever put that gold dress on her should be fired (and let’s face it, probably immediately hired by Christina Aguilera.)  THe black looks good on her, but the best picture by far, as Paigealicious said below, is the one of just her face. 

      • Addicted2Glamour

        I swear to God, all I could think of when I saw these pics is Aguilera. She, like Hendricks, constantly appears in public in clothing so tight it makes her look fat. And neither is fat, just insanely and deliciously curvy. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580241410 Iyad Hilal

      Oh god that cover is scary, poor thing she’s much better than this.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Agreed.
      That hair color is magnificent. 

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      That headshot is gorgeous. I will never understand why it is completely impossible for magazines/stylists to make this gorgeous woman look, you know, gorgeous outside of Mad Men drag.

      I think the best I’ve ever seen her look was that London Fog campaign she did a few seasons ago (http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/08/christina-hendricks-for-london-fog-2.html) but even that had a 60’s feel to it. She can’t win!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      She is giving great face here.  Her hair has rarely looked so good.  And I love the leather dress shots.  She looks awesome in them, and in the dress. And that gold dress is just flat out horrible. Its too much of too much, in every way.

      • oohsparkley!

        She does look fabulous in the black leather dress.  Now that is a sexy look.  She should get that dress in a few colors and go with it.  Of course that still doesn’t solve her red carpet issues.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          She needs to lose her stylist.

    • luciaphile

      They need to stop trying to squeeze her in clothes that are 1-2 sizes too small for her…

    • PastryGoddess

      Her face looks great.  Body looks good as well, but how can it not.  Not liking the gold dress, but that’s a personal problem of my own

    • Pants_are_a_must

      I wonder when will magazines/photographers realize that when you have someone who has a figure as great as that, less is more. And by “less” I mean drama, not clothes.

    • PeggyOC

      The gold dress is tragic, but the leather number is PERFECT.

    • TheLaurenJean

      I’m sorry, but are you saying the best picture of her is the 3rd one of her in the black dress? Because she looks like a deranged clown  in that one!

    • janetjb

      The leather dress looks so much better on her although it looks a little long, but that’s a small detail compared to all that’s wrong with the cover dress.

    • Jecca2244

      I’m not saying she needs to be as covered up as she is in Mad Men but she always looks better in the show than IRL. Maybe time to start taking advice from her character…

    • Joyce VG

      You know what I wonder…being well-endowed myself…but certainly not as spectacular as Christina’s…I wonder how she sleeps.  I mean those babyheads are up to her throat when she lies down.

      • theblondette

        I have boobs of a similar scale, and trust me, out of a bra they flop to the side. But yes, they DO get in the way of certain sleeping positions for sure.

    • RebeccaKW

      The leather dress is great.  Looks really good on her.  Sexy, figure-flattering, without putting the girls on display.  The gold dress is hideous.  I think I may hate it on anyone, but it is not doing her any favors.  But her hair and face are terrific in all the shots.

    • Anathema_Device

      That shade of red haircolor is absolutely amazing on her. So amazing, I hardly even see the clothing she’s wearing.  The leather dress looks surprisingly good. Agree on the unfortunate neckline of the gold dress.

    • Ozski

       I concur, her face is like a delicious scoop of ice cream with a cherry on
      top. Her skin/hair/eyes/lips combo are exquisite! However, that dress looks like
      something a figure-skater would wear. She needs to wear some Tadashi Shoji
      pronto!

    • Laurie Bergman

      That last shot looks like Meg Ryan playing dress-up.

    • donnaINseattle

      Those are Toddler heads.

    • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

      What on earth does that gold neckline look like when she stands up straight?

      • formerlyAnon

        crap.

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

      That is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. What is the point of a sheer panel over the cleavage? Is she suddenly modest about the bottom third of her breasts?

    • SewingSiren

      Those are pre-teen heads.

      • serenitynow02

        Yup. Can you imagine trying to pop out a baby (or two)  with a head that size?

    • lilibetp

      Not to mention that the gold is just wrong.  Oy.

    • VicksieDo

      They should have made her wear high heels, to see she’d look good in them.  Her biggest style problem, IMO, is her low heels, which make her look old ladyish.  Overall, good pics for her.

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

      The gold dress is just awful. I don’t get why they insist on putting her in these ultra-vampy shoots. Her look is sexy enough and when you put her in come-hither get ups it’s just overkill. It’s boring and dull. She’s clearly a gorgeous gal, why not try a different way in highlighting it?

    • Terence Ng

      Wow, super Black Widow Natalia Romanova-eque in that first pic.

    • Erin Nice

      That close up shot is gorgeous – her hair looks amazing like that.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      love the second and third shots in black, and her hair looks amazing.

    • Call me Bee

      Ahhhhhh…no.  Baby heads on Cosmo.  I can’t look. 
      (A sad waste of a beautiful woman…) 

    • TheOtherChristina

      She is giving FACE! Unfortunately, she is also giving BABYHEADS!

    • http://twitter.com/myblackfriend myblackfriendsays

      That gold dress is ug.

    • Qitkat

      Such a beautiful woman. Such a trashy magazine.

      Cannot deal with the phrase *babyheads* any more ;-(

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      Nope, that gold dress does not flatter her figure, but all I can think of is how much my husband would dig these photos, including that one.  Unfortunately, Cosmo isn’t marketed towards straight men.  Man oh man, I thought I was well endowed in the babyheads department!

    • Judy_J

      I’m growing impatient waiting for the return of Joan, Don, Pete, Roger, Peggy, & Company.

      • MilaXX

         Just a few more weeks now. Hang in there.

      • CarolinLA

        March 25th.  Until then, we have to endure that shitty Walking Dead.

      • kentiesgirl

        Me too!! And I can’t wait for Mad Style too…I didn’t know how much story I wasn’t picking up on. Not too mention it made my wardrobe SO much more flattering with the lessons on proper silhouettes :)

      • kentiesgirl

        Me too!! And I can’t wait for Mad Style too…I didn’t know how much story I wasn’t picking up on. Not too mention it made my wardrobe SO much more flattering with the lessons on proper silhouettes :)

    • altalinda

      Wow, Cosmo really did her a disservice with that gold dress, and on the cover no less.  Christina, when you decide to sue, call me.

    • poggi

      I don’t get what is so hard about this. With her figure, a tight, buttoned-up shirtdress looks sexy and the revealing, pushup, boob iceberg thing looks awful.

    • MilaXX

      She looks so much better when the baby heads aren’t on display. The black dress isn’t something I would have picked for her figure, but I like it.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I love the pics in the shirtdress – what a beautiful woman!  That gold dress is weirdly ugly.  Do women still read Cosmo?

    • formerlyAnon

      I generally *hate* leather clothing (not its fault, just many, many years of bad associations rubbing off), but she looks better in that leather dress than in most of what she’s photographed in (outside of costume).

      The whole ‘baby head’ or, as noted previously, in this case ‘pre-teen head’ boggles my mind. We know she’s naturally well endowed (or did I miss a memo, somehow?), and so do they have to do extra work to make her breasts look perfectly semi-spherical and as firm as, well, silicon grapefruits?  Or is it an inevitable side-effect of the corseting?

      And, yes, like everyone else, I think that hair looks marvelous.

    • Lisa

      From the soundbite:  “It’s incredibly flattering and surprising, and I didn’t think for a second when I started Mad Men that people would talk about me as being sexy or a pin up. My husband has a good laugh about it, of course.”

      She honestly has to shut the hell up here.  I mean, I love her and all, but seriously.  When straight women can’t take their eyes off of those tits, she needs to really knock off the “Who ME?  A sexy pin-up!  Oh, my husband – who, I ASSURE you, didn’t marry me for this rack, nope! – thinks you’re CRAZY for suggesting such a thing!”

    • cleep1000

      Egads. From the neck up, absolutely beautiful. If she refuses to dress herself properly from the neck down, maybe she should think about a baby-head reduction.

    • http://twitter.com/TheOrangeTag Trinh

      Who designed that gold dress? I really like it. 

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

      Never thought I could hate Cosmo more, but now that they made me wish Christina Hendricks would put ‘em away for a minute?  Dead to me.

    • snarkykitten

      Whenever I see photos of her, I just imagine her going up to people and shouting HI DO YOU HAVE TIME TO TALK ABOUT MY BOOBS BECAUSE I SURE DO BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS

      she has a rockin’ body but she needs to stop with the BOOBS

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

        That would work out perfectly, because I imagine anyone who meets her when she looks like that can only say BOOBS BOOBS BOOBS anyway.

    • nannypoo

      I don’t actually think that giant boobs equal sexy. They’re just big, hard to dress, out of proportion boobs. I have never seen Mad Men  and have never seen her in anything else so I don’t know if she can act. If all she has going is boobs she’s in trouble.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

         She can, in fact, act.  On the other hand, you are quite correct that “out of proportion boobs” are hard to dress.  I have a small frame and babyhead boobs (DDD).  Nothing fits, because despite the stereotype, clothes are not made for women with boobs.  Summer is especially fun, because most of the summer tops aren’t even made for women who need to wear bras.

    • CatherineRhodes

       Oh my lord! Free the babyheads! That outfit is a monstrosity.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      but the black dress looks pretty good. it’s hard to fit that figure, it really is. she’s shortwaisted in addition to everything else. i am so used to fitting everything above [other than the height, which may help or hurt, i dont know] that i am very aware of how many tricks you have to use to look decent. it’s really hard. yr very limited. no matter if yr weight goes up [hers has a little] or goes down [ibid mine] [never shows much anyway]. but it can be done. sometimes. & she does it too. sometimes.

      as an aside, i look so similar that i lovelovelove annoying exspouse no. 2 w/ it.

      • kentiesgirl

        Thank you. Agree and agree, and not very many ppl get how hard it is to dress this figure.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Hate the gold dress. Love the blue dress. Love the picture of her face – she is so gorgeous. I agree about the smiling – she just lights up.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/downton-abbey/category/the-downton-dish/ Gotham Tomato

      She has the hair color I have coveted my whole life. I would so LOVE to have red hair like that.

      That gold dress is not the right color for her though.–GothamTomato

      • hexiadetrix

         You could if you forked over enough cash – it’s not hers, she’s just renting it.

    • Tom Shea

      Holy shit! Christina Hendricks has large breasts! Who knew? I’m so glad this totally new and amazing thing has just happened, otherwise we’d all be BEATING A DEAD GODDAMNED HORSE.

    • ri_dic

      Look how good she looks covered up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269440086 Elizabeth Inglehart

      She’s a good actress and a lovely woman, but 1) she says almost exactly the same thing (almost word for word) in every interview, 2) it’s ridiculous for someone that sexy to say that she “never expected anyone to find her sexy” (and she has said that in repeated interviews –it was silly the first time and gets siller every time she says it), and 3) I wish the magazines would not style her the same way — with her breasts smashed together and smashed up in the air — every time.  Yes, she is voluptuous and sexy. Now can we stop talking about that and talk about her acting? Please.

    • ccm800

      They look like a giant ass on her chest in that last picture. Kinda loe the spread in the leather(?) dress 

    • Kirsten Kirsten

      Black dress looks fabulous! Looks great for fashion shoot, but for “real life” I’d like to see her in a bigger size.

    • http://twitter.com/miss186 Allie

      If this woman had been in the public eye when I was in high school, it wouldn’t have taken me so damn long to realize I’m bisexual. Sooooo hot.

    • rose88

      She’s a beautiful woman with fantastic red hair, but that gold dress looked better on Ginger Grant.

    • SapphoPoet

      I don’t like any of these outfits. I think she’s trying to sell everything too hard and it all comes off as rather desperate. 

    • Susan Crawford

      Oh, dear God. Whyyyyyy?

      But yes, T and Lo, the hair and makeup are the best in a long, long time. Ms. Hendricks is an absolutely GORGEOUS woman. But someone needs to help her. Tadashi? Are you free?

    • kentiesgirl

      I get she’s a celeb and fair game for criticism, but maybe she’s always got ‘babyheads’ because that’s how clothes fit
      her, and magazines aren’t going to rip apart a designer dress and re-cut
      it for her. When you naturally have a very large chest and a tiny waist, you have to practically origami yourself into clothes.

      You have to push em in and push em up or they’re bouncing everywhere and look awful-they literally look deflated, no matter how big they are. Or they stick out to the sides. They have to go somewhere, you know.

      You have to alter everything you wear for it to fit, not properly, but to fit period. Or make your own clothes. I’m just sayin.

      I like, but don’t love the black dress…hate the gold one. It looks like a first day RPDR do-it-yourself costume that drops a queen into a LSFYL cause she doesn’t know how to sew and just wrapped a bolt of tacky on her dress form, then glued crap on it. Seriously. It’s a cover shot. For shame Cosmo.

      BTW, wouldn’t you just LOVE to get into that room, just to see all the stuff? It’s so fantabulously awesome. RPDR’s work room. Not Cosmo’s.
       

    • Sally Brownson

       “And the neckline and proportions on that gold dress are terrible for her figure.”

      Well, as if there were any doubt that you guys are gay. I think she looks like a goddess. And it’s not like I think that all the time, because there have definitely been pictures of her in which she looks absolutely horrible. I also don’t understand what everyone finds so offensive about “babyheads.”

    • Sally Brownson

       “And the neckline and proportions on that gold dress are terrible for her figure.”

      Well, as if there were any doubt that you guys are gay. I think she looks like a goddess. And it’s not like I think that all the time, because there have definitely been pictures of her in which she looks absolutely horrible. I also don’t understand what everyone finds so offensive about “babyheads.”

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

        We’re not quite following the reasoning here. You think she looks like a goddess and that confirms that we’re gay?

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

        We’re not quite following the reasoning here. You think she looks like a goddess and that confirms that we’re gay?