Mila Kunis For Harper’s Bazaar

Posted on March 06, 2012

Harper’s wants you to know that Mila Kunis is fabulous, no matter how wretchedly ancient she is.


Mila Kunis covers the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Julia Von Boehm. Hair: Duffy for Sebastian Proffesional; Makeup: Genevieve for Lancome. Shot on location at Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York.

Or are we just misreading the intent of the gigantic “FABULOUS AT EVERY AGE” tagline? Because let’s face it, she’s 28. It’s pretty tough to be fabulous at such an advanced age so she should be lauded for it, don’t you think? Good for you, gal! What’s your secret? Yogurt? Yoga?


Versace Spring 2012 Collection


All sarcasm aside, she does get to wear some incredibly fabulous dresses in this spread. And for once, Terry Richardson kept in in his pants, figuratively speaking. Not a panty shot to be found anywhere, although the infantilizing is a bit on the creepy side. Okay, maybe more than a bit.

Still: pretty girl, beautiful dresses. What more could you ask for from a celebrity editorial?

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Collection [Ring and bracelet, Harry Winston. Shoes, $645, Marc Jacobs]


Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Collection


Chanel Spring 2012 Collection [Ring, $14,800, and bracelet, Roberto Coin. Shoes, $1,520, Louis Vuitton.]


Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection [Bracelets, necklaces, and ring, $11,900, Pomellato. Sandals, $1,490, Tom Ford.]


Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Collection [Bracelet, $6,250, Pomellato.]


Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012 Collection


Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Collection


[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for,]

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  • Gayer Than Thou

    So… the Versace and Cavalli models… those are men, right?

    Also, does Mila Kunis really need to be PhotoShopped so aggressively?  I get that she’s getting on in years, but still…

    • H3ff

      Also, is that Nina Garcia and Joanna Coles in the background of the McQueen show?

      • kimmeister

        Good catch!

    • prettybigkitty

      Weird.   They do look like very manly models.   And totally agree on the photoshopping.  Enough!

    • Amelia Logan

      Oh very androgynous

    • James C. Rohrbacher

      I think that Versace model is Willam..

      • estella_nyc

        The Versace model is Arizona Muse.

  • LondonMarriott

    She’s so beautiful.  Thank you, Uncle Terry, for not creeping me out for a change.  That cotton candy shot could have been WAY wrong.  Re-HEEEELY want that LV dress.  Sigh.

    She kinda sorta looks like Alia Shawkat on the cover shot – I was all like “Maeby?!?!”

    • charlotte

       Maeby not. Not really seeing it.

    • Nancy Abrams

      Re: the cotton candy. Are we really expected to believe she’s going to eat even one tiny strand of that cone full of spun SUGAR?

  • mjude

    i like.

  • Zaftiguana

    I guess I could ask for Terry Richardson to stop getting work and for a woman pushing 30 to not be styled how Elle Fanning should be, but barring that, this is pretty good. I actually like the Cavalli shot.

  • Kerry McCombs

    Yuck. She looks gorgeous (as always) but I HATE the editorial. Cotton Candy and blowing a big bubble with your pink gum? Really?

    No. Enough. Please no more.

  • Ms_Flyover

    Of course, Terry Richardson heard “fabulous at any age” and defaulted to 12.

    • Lori

      Terry Richardson really is always just gross. If I never see another editorial shot by him it’ll be too soon. That’s not really a joke. I kind of wish T & Lo would note in the title when an editorial is his work so I’d know not to look.

      • Heather

        Not only is he a creep, I think he’s a terrible photographer.  The lighting and composition in most of these are terrible. Sadly, the one exception – the bubblegum photo – is also the creepiest. And the styling here – super-short skirts, bare feet, not to mention the carousel – just adds to the infantilization. Just… ew, overall.

        • Aris Merquoni

           Ha, that’s what I was going to say. “I could ask for Terry Richardson to not use EVERY flash available on set for EVERY shot.”

          • svtl

            Photos are so bad – looks like it’s the first time he uses pro lighting…Content is even worse, but, then again, it’s also up to Kunis, so we can really blame her as well.

          • WordyDoodles

             Ah, I’d been wondering who besides the stylist came up with content. Too bad– i thought she’d have been more creative.

    • reebism

      Oh good, I wasn’t the only one who was thinking the creepy photographer was depressed that he didn’t have someone age-appropriate to be Lolita. 

  • Sara Munoz

    Fabulous At Every Age. Like 5 years old, 7 years old, etc.

    Seriously now. “What more could you ask for from a celebrity editorial?” How about treating women like WOMEN.

    • kentiesgirl

       Preach. Like times twenty.

    • butterflysunita

      So true.  I loved the Vogue Korea editorials TLo has posted–beautiful photos that really sell the clothes and don’t ridicule women.  Why can’t I see that more in American fashion editorials?  

    • Oh My Green

       Yep, seriously. And banning Terry Richardson.

  • Kate4queen

    Why does he have to make her look so childish? It’s like he’s afraid of real women. It spoils the clothes for me. :(

    • Sara Munoz

      I know. And the clothes are so gorgeous…

    • uprightcitizen

      In this case, I don’t think he necessarily made her look childish. Grown women aren’t supposed to chew bubble gum or eat cotton candy? The setting is a carousel, after all … a glass of merlot or a briefcase would be out of place.

      I think the clothes are what infantilize her. The McQueen and YSL dresses are a baby-doll silhouette (the McQueen extremely so), and the whole purpose of a baby-doll dress is to make a grown woman look like a child. If you look at the bubble gum shot, she really doesn’t look like a sexualized child. She looks like a bored woman chewing bubble gum. The difference is the fact that the dress isn’t child-like.

      • uprightcitizen

        But not to defend the photography outright. I agree that the setting is pretty hackneyed, and the shots pretty unimaginative. I just don’t think that he created the kiddie porn look as much as a couple of the designers did. I agree with the post about the two models who look like men. And what’s with the neck on the D&G … swimsuit? … model? That and her legs look tense, tortured, and anorexic. Like Angelina’s arms at the Oscars.

      • kentiesgirl

         I’m sorry but “The whole purpose of a babydoll dress” is NOT to make women look like children. It’s an empire waist dress that’s not floor length. You can’t be serious. The McQueen looks like a nightie cause it’s sheer on the runway, and there is nothing at all inappropriate or child like about the YSL.

      • Nancy Abrams

        Actually, a woman with a briefcase ditching her business obligations for a few stolen minutes of relaxation on a carousel would be a very interesting photo shoot.

  • butterflysunita

    Yes, fabulous.  Doesn’t look a day over 27.  

  • NasserShaheen

    Gorgeous clothes. Pity about the (yawn) carnival theme but wow, shes working those dresses. Love the last three outfits. They look blah on the models but have been shot perfectly here.

  • kentiesgirl

    The McQueen shot looks like she’s walking with a cane. Kinda an odd detail to miss at the photoshop station. 

    • portlandmermaid

       You’re right! Not being interested in the dress, I whipped right past it, saw the cane, thought it weird without a top hat and kept going.

  • Randy Noak

    Cute dresses, not so bad art direction (why is she eating cotton candy in a cocktail dress?), but overall HORRIBLE photoshopping. There is a way of making it look (somewhat) realistic and this misses the mark by a long shot. I think Mila is one of the sexiest women alive (she’s on my list of girls I would switch for), but these photos don’t begin to do her justice.

  • Razvan Matei Dobre

    maybe they meant her vagina is fabulous at every age? :)

  • Scarlet39

    What has me most excited is that this carousel was originally from my hometown!   It was purchased and moved to Brooklyn after a fire destroyed the amusement park where it was a feature attraction. 

    Anyway, considering how horribly wrong this shoot could have gone with TR as the photog, it’s surprisingly well done.  The clothes look gorgeous.

    • poggi

      Is that the one from Idora Park in Youmgstown? I thought it looked familiar, and I remember riding on a beautiful carousel there as well as the old wooden roller coaster.

      • Scarlet39

        It is!  There were two awesome wooden coasters at the park.  It was such a shame to lose them.

        • poggi

          Well hello, fellow Youngstown bitter kitten. I haven’t been back in ages but I miss the cavatelli and Mill Creek Park.

  • Michelle Jackson

    Most of those outfits make her look stumpy, especially that lingerie/bathing suit one.

  • marilyn

    Trainwreck time.  She is beautiful.  Those clothes look pretty tortured. 

    The totally forgettable Versace dress at the beginning had the Angelina wide knee (yeast infection) stance, which made it rather silly looking.  The Dior dress was a very tasteful and sophisticated dress that lost all class when worn on a carousel.  The sheer skirt and the overall look was gone, because of the the pose.   The McQueen dress was kiddie porn looking for a place to happen.  Isit kiddie porn or lingeree?  It is confusing when sexy clothes are worn in a place for children.The Chanel dress, with another one of those sheer skirts was a dud, because she was on the carousel 1) sitting, so the skirt was not seen, and 2) she was blowing bubble gum.  The interesting parts of the dress-namely the sheer skirt and the sheer stand-up collar could not be seen.  The D/G outfit-was that a swim suit or a circus performer’s outfit?  Who’s life does that fit in to?  The Vuitton dress makes the runway model look FAT ALL OVER, and the 3D trim going down the side makes it look more like a home sewing project, than without it.  The overall look was dowdy.   The Cavalli dress looked like it was a costume, for possibly a circus performer, or magician’s assistant?  Again, whose life does that fit into?   The YSL dress was interesting because the skirt was fited, even though it had the extra fabric on the upper hip.  So, the model looked slim, even though she had the extra fabric on the hips.  Howver, it could not be seen when Mila wore it, because of the pose.  By the way, this was a great color for Mila.

    In general , the colors were good for her, but the taste level for the photo shoot was questionable.  The setting and the poses made a lot of high end clothes look sleazy.

  • kentiesgirl

    Also love the YSL but angry at the hair and cotton candy for getting in the way of the shoulder detail. It’s a heck of a dress, like a babydoll that will also not make press speculate that you are pregnant. The D&G is, um, interesting, but really with the having her pole dance on a carousal? I guess it’s not as bad with the Cavalli since she’s more covered up, but the first one, jeez does that scream stripper-I see the sandals but they’re reading as clear heels to me. Ick.

    Actually, upon second look it appears they just stuck her face on that one and made another random model do that pose. Anybody sure she even showed up for this shoot? The last and second to last look like the same exact shot, only one got a wad of cotton candy pasted in front of the teeth.

  • bellalozza

    wow, she’s short. everything she’s modeling looks like a little girl wearing mommy’s clothes.

  • WordyDoodles

    As others have said, it would have been so interesting to see her shown as the smart adult that she is, instead of draped over a carnival horse my five year old would want to ride (pause– shudder– ok). This is uninspired styling for what could have been a really artistic and memorable shoot. This makes me wonder how much input the model/actress has or could have in the theme and styling. Wonder if she could have spoken up or if she wanted to.

    Now that I’m done lamenting–Where have we seen that white Chanel dress recently?

  • Susan Collier

    Funny how that Louis Vuitton dress is also paired with a carousel for their runway show.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    the cover shot looks like some odd hybrid of several famous faces none of whom i can put my finger on…lovely girl, but some of these photos are just awkward especially the first one on the carousel…

  • Dawn Grimes Stough

    the lv dress looks like something you could buy on etsy.

  • PeaceBang

    I’m much more interested in the transgender models than in anything Mila Kunis is wearing, although that photo of her on the toilet while popping a big pink bubble was interesting, too. As in “are you sure Terry R. kept it in his pants? Because I wouldn’t give him that here.” 
    Hate the whole thing.

  • NC_Meg

    This shoot is more suited to Zooey D. than Mila Kunis. Can’t you imagine Zooey holding the balloons and eating the cotton candy acting all coy?

    The bejeweled bathing suit shot is all Lea Michele, though.

    • buildmeatower

       Now that you mention it, I can absolutely see Zooey doing that. Actually, I wish it had been her because then we could have Mila doing adult things and looking fabulous. (Though, given that Mila is to me what Angie apparently is to many others, i.e. flawlessly beautiful, I think she looks fabulous anyway.)

    • Lisa

      You have a valid point, but it grosses me out when I see Zooey doing that kind of crap, too.

      • NC_Meg

        Same here but like buildmeatower said, it would free Mila up to do adult things and not look like a 5 year old. I can’t stand Zooey so if she wants to pose with balloons for whatshisface, go for it.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Oh, fuck off Terry Richardson.

    • Sara Munoz

      I put something similar on facebook but I’ll repeat it here. Leave it to Terry Richardson to take the most beautiful high fashion clothes- and turn them into a Candie’s ad.

    • Cassie

      Yes. I can’t stand him. I don’t even care about the sleaziness – I just think his photographic style and concepts are awful and make every photoshoot and person featured within look exactly the same. PLEASE STOP ALREADY.


    I think she is trainwreck-gorgeous. No need for all the photoshopping.

  • Lauren Maier

    *winces* Creepy is still creepy even with fantastic clothes.  
    The shot of her wearing that McQueen dress and holding the balloons makes her look like she’s 3.  Or that he wants her to be 3.  Which is gross.  

    Sorry, can’t, skin is crawling.  

  • Pannyx

    I really don’t understand Terry Richardson’s aesthetic. All his photos look really amateurish to me. She looks alright in these photos I guess. I just feel like they look like shots someone took with their cell phones. Color me confused by his fame.

  • kimmeister

    The D&G bodysuit immediately made me think of Wendy Pepper’s candy “outfit”!

  • slightlybitterkitten

    Where’s her neck in some of these shots?  I think Miss Tyra would give her a smack down.  😉

  • Alex McGeagh

    pssssh….if this is “keeping it in his pants”, then I’m Queen-freaking-Betty! 

    She is a gorgeous girl, despite him. Ugh. He skeeves me out so, so very much. 

  • Christine Marie

    The tagline should have been “How to inspire pedophilic fantasies at any age”

  • Alli

    I really wish Harper’s Bazaar would stop giving Terry Richardson work. He needs to go away forever. Also, is this the magazine that Photoshopped Leighton Meister into an old lady for a “fab at every age!” issue? 

  • Sarah Winningham

    Are those poor horses going to be left hanging for all eternity? Will no one give them a high-five?

  • theblondette

    Terry Richardson, you are gross and all your photos for some reason give everyone’s skin an almost… grubby look. Either greasy or, as in this case, grimy. When you pair that with the heavy eyeliner and the knock knees and the candy floss, the whole thing doesn’t even have the dubious appeal of a woman playing Lolita. Terry Richardson wants Lolita herself – as Humbert Humbert sees her (‘perilous magic of nymphets ‘) –  rather than as the lost, hurt child playing tough she is. 

    Less pretentiously: UUGH.

  • Sara__B

    Gorgeous woman. Lovely clothes. But most of the shots are so … twee. Exactly which fabulous age is she supposed to represent? 12? 19? 

  • MissMariRose

    And for once, Terry Richardson kept in in his pants, figuratively speaking.

    Yeah, no. That D & G outfit is practically lingerie.

    Richardson continues his streak of showing the world that he’s a talentless pervert.

    • Lisa

      Yeah, that whole photo shoot is *barely* keeping it in his pants.

  • Judy_J

    I agree with those who posted that this spread is really creepy. Mila is a beautiful WOMAN, she’s not a little girl.

  • sagecreek

    Can we please please ditch the bubble gum trope? It’s icky.

  • Judih1

    I don’t get the merry go ground/amusement park background. Does Terry Richardson have a lolita complex? I can’t see the clothes because the background imagery is too disconcerting. With a headline about “fabulous at every age” they still want to photograph women as children – disgusting.

  • blixtme

    Does anyone else get Wendy Pepper from the Dolce & Gabbana…bodysuit…thing?

  • Cassie

    Girl: flawless. Dresses: beautiful. Photography: lousy. 

  • judybrowni

    I wouldn’t have recognized that was Mila from the cover shot, if she hadn’t been identified.
    Really, how hard is it to take an identifying photo of someone with that specific a look?

  • just julie

    Terry Richardson.
    Why does he still get work?
    Every photo shoot he does has such a air of skeeve to it.
    I’d like to see actresses just begin refusing to work with him.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I agree with all the comments (or, many) but, about the clothes: LOVE!!!  (With 2 exceptions: the Versace and the Cavalli, which between the two of them equal a whole lot of ugly. And I adore the D&G top, but would have liked to see it over narrow black pants.)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    No. No. Creepy. So creepy. WILL PEOPLE NOT STOP HIRING TERRY RICHARDSON? He is a walking, picture-taking sexual harrassment lawsuit in the make. Which becomes beyond creepy with that cover text.

    In any other editorial, I would’ve applauded Mila and those dresses.

  • Lisa

    She’d better watch out for some of those twee, short, ruffly numbers – JLo might steal them!

    (BWAAAHHAAAA!!!  See?  It was funny!)

    But seriously, what is Terry Richardson’s deal? Can’t he just go beat off while re-reading “Lolita” and get it out of his system?

  • turtleemily

    The one in the black granny panties looks like it was an outtake that got thrown in the spread by accident.

    She looks great, though! And for some reason I thought she was older. She must’ve been *gasp* an actual teenager while shooting That 70’s Show.

    • Lisa

      I think she was only about 15 when That 70s show started.  

      • judybrowni


        • Lisa

          Wow!  And here I thought I was guessing a little young.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty, but I can’t help but shudder at the thought of Terry Richardson taking these & getting a slightly pedo vibe.

  • alyce1213

    Cheesy.  Terrible photography.  I can’t even see the clothes. I think I’ll forget this one.

  • skadi1

    Sorry, but I think this is a terrible shoot.  The posing is generic and Mila is capable of SO much more. These are pictures any freshman photo major could take. I’ve never liked Richardson, and I’m not seeing any reason to change my mind.

  • Misfor Moose

    I think the headline is for the SHOES that are fabulous at any age.

  • Linderella

    With the exception of the very last photo, she wears every single one of these better than the models.  I guess advanced age and experience will do that.

  • Misfor Moose

    I think they meant that the SHOES are fabulous at any age… 

    • Laylalola

      Heh, that’s how I read it too. But that’s a weird tagline in itself (shouldn’t it be something like Fabulous Must-Have Shoes or I don’t know.) 

  • CatherineRhodes

    I like the Louis Vuitton dress more fitted here than the original.

    Love the blue Yves St. Laurent with Mila’s hair and make-up.

    However, the creepiest picture is the personification of a young girl, barefoot, on the stripper pole. A pedophile’s delight. Has anyone ever checked Terry Richardson’s hard drive?

  • miwome

    Man, this was “meh” all the way down for me. If I recall all those Black Swan spreads correctly, she’s capable of much better.

  • Linda Merrill

     Fabulous at any age, as the cover says. Especially since life expectancy is apparently about 5-30.

  • geeeque

    terry richardson sucks!

  • Ana Cedillo

    that bubble gum shot makes me mad, the bubble gum is a prop right? because ive tried to capture that and its impossible, the bubble gum is not near as pink, and it always comes off lopsided or too small or weird, its just so not easy!

    • mountainFashionista

       Funny comment, and so true!

    • Sweetpea176

       Celebrities are just better than we are, in every way.

  • Pennymac

    Need those Louis Vuitton shoes RIGHT NOW. Oooh, I know, I’ll wear them on my date with Norman Reedus!

  • Sarah Veenstra

    I’m intrigued and excited to see how Mila will age – she kept giving me a whiff of a young DVF here – and whatdoyaknow? throw Carine Roitfeld into the mix, and it made me do a double-take:

  • Sam

    I’ve always had this theory about Terry Richardson. It’s that he doesn’t do anything the models don’t want to do. “You’re in control, you’re always in control”, and it starts off rather innocently,but then he keeps pushing them until they’re doing something that they normally wouldn’t agree with right off the bat. But he’s manipulated them in a way they really are lead into these weird disturbingly sexual shots. If someone is a little more forceful (Like I assume Mila would be), then they don’t get into a situation where say… they’re straddling a locker bench in their panties. Because they’ll tell him no when they don’t feel comfortable.
    It’s like when someone is pressuring someone into sex. That’s just how I always imagined Terry’s shoots happening. “Oh you liked that, how about in this next shot you suck your thumb and flash your panties? Not comfortable with that? That’s totally okay, you’re in charge. How about instead of doing that for me, you just suck your thumb? Great, yeah, you’re wonderful. Now keep doing that and flash your panties! Wonderful, you’re so great! And we’ve got the shot!”

  • portlandmermaid

    Wow, her cheekbones look like daggers in the cover photo. The white Chanel is unusual and pretty and for some reason I really like the bejeweled Dolce and Gabbana romber? blouse? The barefoot shot was cute. I’m glad she’s eating cotton candy instead sucking on the Richardson standby heart-shaped lollipop. 

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    That pose with the bubble gum is, I’m sorry to say, reminiscent of someone on the john.  Who on earth posed her for that one?

  • portlandmermaid

    some of those models look like they’re going to jump out of the page and kick my ass. 

  • sockandaphone

    i love her and shes like one of my top girl crushes, but terry richardson really needs to stop getting work. it worries me how the media and the fashion business brushes aside all his multiple issues :(

  • RzYoung

    Oh I love her, she can look so different from different angles. I hate Terry Richardson with the burning heat of 1000 sun’s. Dresses look cute though and her hair is to die for.

  • ecallaw

    I REALLY hate Terry Richardson’s work.  It all looks the same, with that weird Polaroid quality.

  • Sarah Friedman

    That YSL is to die for!

  • estella_nyc

    Ok, a couple of things – 
    The Versace and Cavalli models aren’t men.  The Versace model is Arizona Muse and the Cavalli model is Caroline Brasch Nielsen.  

    I need that YSL dress in my life; it’s so beautiful!

    Finally, Terry Richardson is a vile person (have you read the latest NY Times article on him) and it shows in all of his photography, even when he “keeps it in his pants.”  The only way he will stop getting work is when people stop buying the magazines that hire him.  Even then, he gets a lot of attention because he’s a pervert, which makes people look at his ads, which is what clothing companies and magazines ultimately want.  There’s no such thing as bad press.

  • kaycem

    can someone please explain why exactly editors are obsessed with terry richardson all of a sudden?  a polaroid camera can take the same type of picture, and his blocking/styling is immature and one-note at best.  she’s as beautiful as always, but richardson’s pictures don’t express it to its fullest.

  • tsid2012

    God, she is all kinds of serious pretty, isn’t she?  Those eyes have always fascniated me.  That LV dress is sooooo pretty, LOVE IT.  But can someone tell me exactly what that D&G thing is supposed to be?  Swimwear? Lingerie? Cirque du Soliel costume?

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    What the hell is wrong with her face in the cover shot? Its’ all….wonky. Not her best photo shoot.

  • sid123

    At first glance I thought the tail was actually part of the bathing suit…. 

  • terekirkland

    God, these reek of Richardson. The bubblegum bubble, really? *eyeroll*

    Actually, the McQueen dress with the balloons is even worse. I figured if anyone could wear that McQueen mini-dress and still look like an adult, it’s Mila. I was wrong. She looks gorgeous, as usual, but the styling is kind of creepy. Except the Cavalli with the bare feet on the merry-go-round horse. I love that shot. She looks so… REAL, despite the fact that she’s wearing a dress that cost more than the last car I bought.

  • Chloe Stabler

    I don’t know what it is, but it’s just not working for me.  Not as good as I think it should’ve been.

  • Adriana_Paula

    It seems to me that the bubblegum picture is an odd way to feature the Chanel, whose interest is in its collar treatment.

  • Micaela Cannon

    I really sense that the only reason Mila didn’t have her hair in handle-bar style pigtails while really “riding” one of those horses was because she had the good sense to say “FUCK. NO.” and not because Terry kept it in his pants. He was probably really annoyed with her.

  • Emily

    Love that blue dress!

  • ri_dic

    Really pretty dresses!

  • mozzer0906

    A richardson photoshoot that doesn’t include a crotch shot or a lady in her bra and panties?  A first!

  • EEKstl

    Love me some Mila, she looks great. GORGEOUS dresses, and also coveting those Vuitton shoes.  Divine!