Penelope Cruz for Harper’s Bazaar

Posted on April 11, 2012

Penelope shows off her “SEXY HAIR” for Harper’s. She also shows off her “BOOBS” but they didn’t get a cover credit. Apparently, her hair has a better publicist than her boobs.


Penelope Cruz featured in the May 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in couture dresses photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Andrew Richardson.

Armani Privé Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Chanel Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Versace Spring 2012 Couture Collection


The dresses are great, but doesn’t her face look washed out and underdone (in terms of makeup)? Maybe it’s the pale lip. Honestly, we have no idea why we’re obsessing over lip color lately. It’s not that she can’t rock a pale lip – she looks pretty good in the Versace shot – but we don’t think it quite works with every look.

And we don’t jump on the Terry Richardson hate-wagon as often as everyone else on the internet – not because we disagree with the sentiments but because it’s a horse that’s been beaten to death – but there is no editorial less imaginative and less interesting to look at than a celebrity standing against a white backdrop. We hope they paid him minimum wage for his non-efforts.

But it’s true; she really does have “SEXY HAIR,” does she not?


[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for,]

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  • BrooklynBomber

    I don’t know, The poses look very amateur. I don’t who’s responsible for that – her, the magazine, the photographer, etc. But especially the Chanel & Versace – they look like a beginning model’s test shots.

    • lilazander

       I agree with the cliche nature of the poses, but I think the Chanel and Versace look great on her body. But the backdrop is so mundane that it ruins the effect. I would like to see her working that Chanel number on RC.

    • NC_Meg

      Totally agree. The Chanel pose is especially odd.

      • Candigirl1968

        The Chanel shot looks like Penelope is teenage model wannabe who bought a dress for her book (which she would promptly return to the mall afterwards), went to the garage, and had her brother take a picture.  It’s that weak.

        On a happier note, PC’s hair looks fabulous. 

  • Judy_J

    and perfect skin!  She looks adorable in that little Chanel dress.  It’s quite a different look for her, I think.

    • kimmeister

      Exactly – she doesn’t look va-va-va-voom in the Chanel, but still totally fetching.

  • VioletFem

    Gorgeous pictures, not because of Terry’s “skill” (seriously what is his appeal?), but because SHE is drop dead gorgeous. 

  • sarahofalessergod

    I hope they paid Penelope well for having to work with Richardson.  Although it’s almost impressive how he can make such a stunning woman look so uninteresting.

    • mountainFashionista

       All I could see, starting from the cover photo, is Lea Michelle.  I think it’s the TR effect.

      • NC_Meg

        I thought it was Lea Michele from the thumbnail on Facebook.

        • Irene Wroclai

          That was my first thought too! 

      • joe_tey83

         I genuinely thought it was Lea Michele looking at the cover.

      • girliecue

        I’m pretty sure somewhere in Celebrityland, Lea Michele is shrieking with envy.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Lea Michelle only wishes she could be so beautiful. But yeah – the SEXY HAIR and the pose was exactly that.

  • Patricia Hoffman

    I think she looks good in the cover shot, but I also had a split second of thinking it was Lea Michelle.  So….good for her genes, but bad for her celebrity? 

    • Charlotte Horseman

      I saw Lea too….and I think you are right!! 

      • mountainFashionista

         Once again, I should read before posting!  (see above…)

  • kathryn shaw-cutter

    Um, what is going on with pic #4?  Does she have something in her mouth?  I have been staring at it for quite a while and need an explanation.

    • suz72350

      It’s bothering me, too. I can’t figure out what they did to her mouth. 

    • janedonuts

      I was wondering too – it looks like a metal pacifier! Yikes.

    • Winterhart

      I keep thinking that it looks like the moth from Silence of the Lambs.

    • out for a walk

      I think they have an oversized silver ornate nose ring on her, and then dark lipstick. What I can’t tell you is WHY.

    • MK03

      And the basketball just sitting on the floor. Just…what?

    • makeityourself

      My first thought was “What the hell does Stella Tennant have in her mouth?”  She’s either turning into Hannibal Lechter or that’s a gold pacifier.  So weird.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    The shot of her in the Chanel seems so out of place since she’s giving us super sexy in every other shot, and that looks like some school photo or something.  But yes, that hair.  Gah. 

    Anyone know WTF is in the models mouth in the Givenchy shot?? Or is it make up??

    • Mike M.

       Its nose jewelry.  Its hard to see in this shot, but its much more noticeable in the other pictures of the Givenchy collection.

    • Aniela Marie Perry

      It freaks me out. The model looks like a cenobite. I’m going to have nightmares.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    I do love the Hayworhtesque pose in the Givenchy gown, Though the uber-matchy shoes would not have been my choice.  The Chanel shot is just dorky looking, and not in a good way.  Somehow I don’t think she’s a “hook yer thumbs in yer skirt” kinda gal.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      agreed, that pose is far too “yeehaw/hoedown” for a Chanel dress…

      • Kiltdntiltd

         And the feeling evoked by the pose and image is totally at odds with the rest of the spread.  Plus, its not an especially flattering shot of either her or the dress.

        • formerlyAnon

           Awww, but she’s so cuuuute (imagine annoying squeaky voice) in that shot that I’d say Penelope’s people won out over Chanel’s people, there.

        • Oze R.

          Non-flattering indeed. Only Richardson’s tacky sense of lightning can make this Chanel look cheap. Really. it looks like a cheap-trying-to-be-chic prom dress.

    • norseofcourse

      Since the runway model’s doing it too, I’m going to assume the Chanel has tiny thumb pockets built in. Been lookin’ for some formal wear with thumb pockets, yep.

      • Kiltdntiltd

         Oh thumbpockets are SO on trend.

    • kimmeister

      What bothers me about the uber-matchy shoes is that they are making her feet look disproportionately huge!

  • nannypoo

    I don’t know if it’s sexy, but it sure is big. And I think her makeup looks good, especially the lip color. And especially compared to the model with the basketball. What’s up with that?

    • kimmeister

      HAHAHA I never even noticed the basketball, I was too repelled by the nose jewelry to look further!  Whaddup indeed.

      • TheDivineMissAnn

        That nose jewelry looks like Hitler’s mustache.  Couple that with the way they styled the model’s hair…..

        • reebism

          Oh my god, that was nose jewelry? I was wondering whether her teeth had been blackened or if that genuinely was a Hitler ‘stache. 

  • Kathryn

    She looks so good in all those clothes.  

  • jblaked

    I love me some Penelope Cruz – and she looks great here, but the cover pic looks a little like the Glee chick – cant remember her real name – the one who plays Rachel Berry. No?

  • siao

    She looks gorgeous in the Versace.

  • howdoilook

    Definitely underdone for all that couture. 

  • raininmai

    Penelope Cruz is strikingly beautiful. And the clothes aren’t bad either. I especially like the Givenchy piece from the back, but what is with the model’s face?  She sort of looks like Hannibal Lecter in his mask.

  • Sartorial_She

    The photo of the Givenchy model FREAKS ME OUT!

    I don’t have any great love for Penelope, but I’ve gotta admit she is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful women I’ve seen.

    • Anathema_Device

       I know. I literally recoiled from my computer in horror.

    • Kayceed

      Me too – and i’m not loving the Versace model with the five o’clock shadow, either.

      • kimmeister

        Ewwww, I didn’t even notice!

      • MK03

        It’s nice to see that WIllam’s doing all right for himself.

    • MK03

      It looks like a deleted scene from a Saw movie.

  • Charlotte Horseman

    She is super beautiful, but it’s all undone by seeing the sh%t Givenchy nose ring!!!!  I hope I never see it again!!

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Is that what that is….a nose ring?  That is some scary shit for sure.

  • Paula Pertile

    I like the medieval basketball uniform. On the model. It looks like a totally different (and way less interesting) dress from the side, and with the sexy hair. Nothing against her personally, just saying.

  • Alli

    Ugh ugh ugh I’m so sick of Terry Richardson continuing to get fashion work. Personal grossness aside, all of these overlit covers look alike!

    • Psy_Chick

      As a photographer, I am personally offended that this man keeps getting work. He overuses the flash. Is he using the flash that comes with the camera? This isn’t Instagram! It’s a magazine that people pay actual folding money for. White backgrounds are fine for catalogs, but not for a fashion editorial. Give me something interesting to look at, and I don’t mean “make every woman look like she’s 12 and wants me.” Ugh.

  • Igor Buarque

    The Chanel dress looks unexpensive and the Givenchy remind me Jesus Estrada gown made out of “chocolate crocodile” fabric.

  • funkypeanut

    The Chanel shot looks like a candid taken after she had a bit too much at her cousin’s wedding. What a waste of a gorgeous woman and beautiful clothes.

    What’s up with the Givenchy model? Couldn’t she get out of gym class? And how much did they have to pay Queen Amidala’s makeup artist to come to the high school for the shoot?

  • Gus Casals

    Love her in the Givenchy, hate her in the Chanel. I say that the washed out effect is bad photography ( hi Terry, I’m tired of you) and not poor styling. 

  • Alicia Campbell

    She looks like a softball player in that Chanel dress – hair and all

  • Anathema_Device

    She is rocking the sexy disco-diva ’70s look to be sure. All these dresses look better on her than on the models, especially that terrifying Givenchy couture pic. 

    Also, I think you’re focused on lip color lately because so many people are doing it wrong. I don’t mind the nude lip on Cruz here. It has enough color to it so as not make her lips disappear. My pet peeve is flesh-colored lips. Freaks me the hell out.

  • DeborahLipp

    That dress looks a lot better without the basketball.

  • IAmJ

    I’ll unabashedly admit she’s my girl crush and I know she’s capable of looking much, much better than this photo shoot makes it seem. Not crazy about the styling, but she’s gorgeous nonetheless. I like her Versace look, but the shots are average at best.

  • MilaXX

    Her hair looks greats but I’m not really liking any of these shots. The cover shot cuts her boobs off at a weird angle so they don’t look sexy at all. The way the Chanel is styled it looks like a prom dress and I think she has a slamming body but the Versace looks too short and young on her.

    • guestela

       I agree. And I think the Versace is also too small on her bust.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I was wondering when someone would post about the horrible fit of the the cups on the Wonder Woman by Versace.

  • fringebenefit

    Penelope upstages any and all models. ZOWIE!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I confess to having a girl crush on Penelope-ever since Vicky Cristina Barcelona.  I think she looks fab-especially in the Versace.

  • Lindsay McCarthy

    The last model picture is freaking me out. She looks like one of those “This is what your baby would look like” photos, using a picture of Kim Kardashian and Guilianna Rancic. Can’t look away.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Enh, I have never understood her appeal. She does have a great head of hair, though.
    Am I the only one getting a Brittany Murphy vibe from that last shot? Am I nuts?

    • kimmeister

      Now that you mention it, I can see Brittany Murphy in that shot.  I think it’s just the facial expression with the downturned lips.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        But it’s there, right? So weird.
        I know PC looks nothing like Brittany Murphy (RIP), so it’s odd. I know we all have complained about excessive photoshopping to no end, but it bugs when it is used so liberally that one person ends up resembling someone that they definitely do not resemble. Perhaps if they had left her pores and the lines in her face alone, she would look more like herself.

  • giiiirrrr

    I’m a bandwagon jumper–why does Terry Richardson even get his phone calls answered?  Penelope looks insanely gorgeous in the Givenchy.  The rest, meh.  Don’t like the light hair or the light lip on her.  I don’t know how they managed to make her hair look thin on the cover, but it does.

  • andy

    Hate away, fellas. That guy’s a skeevy bastard.

  • Gotham Tomato

    Are she and Lea Michelle morphing? 


    • mommyca

      I didn’t see your comment, but I just posted the same thing….hahahhaa

  • SapphoPoet

    She’s a gorgeous woman, no doubt about it. But these are some very strange photos–they all look rather amature-ish. And what, for the love of Mike, is going on with the model’s face in the picture with the basketball? It’s as if someone scribbled a mustache and Van Dyke beard over her face in the photo. Or is it a mouthpiece? Very distracting, at any rate.

  • MzzPants

    Meh….not feelin’ it.

  • marilyn

    I am starting to confuse her with Raquel Welch.

  • StillGary

    She is gorgeous! THis post reminded me of something funny, I saw this snippet on the CNN website a few days ago — something about actresses who love their big noses — they said literally said “big noses” — and showed pictures of Streep, Parker, Cher and Penelope here — so I’ve been studying her nose — so that’s big?

    • alyce1213

      It’s not really BIG, but it’s prominent, and unusually shaped and positioned, in terms of “standard” beauty.
      You really have to see a profile or close 3/4 shot to appreciate.
      Very interesting nose, really. It makes her unique.
      P.S.  The shots above, are probably touched up *just a bit.*

  • Laura Valentine

    I love Penelope, but my first reaction to these pics was “…wow, she is NOT a model, is she?”  Like she just can’t work those clothes or the camera the way I want her to.

    Richardson’s tired-ass white background sure doesn’t help; maybe she’d’ve done a better job with something to react to?

  • In_Stitches

     Loving the cover and the shot in the Givenchy.  The Versace makes her look a bit thick-waisted which the Chanel proves to no longer be the case.  The Chanel, well…Chanel always looks like old lady slutwear, infused with the sensibilities of the high school to me. 

  • mommyca

    I don’t know, but at a quick glance of the cover I thought it was Lea Michelle….. 

  • Trish Reed

    Her pose in the Chanel gown looks like her head has been spun around and we are actually looking at the back of the dress (apparently she also has Barney Stinson’s fantasy “back boobs”).  All I can think of is “exorcist in Chanel”.  Creepy.  

  • Sophie Collier

    Can someone please tell me why Terry Richardson is considered a genius?  I honestly don’t see it.  

  • quiltrx

    Her hair looks like a nightmare in the Chanel shot…very incongrous with the rest.  I really love her hair on the cover, especially.

  • Lucía Valencia

    I think she just looks fantastic in all of those, especially when she’s smiling. But then again, I have the biggest girl crush on her, so I’m biased.

  • unbornfawn

    You are right on this one, she really could use a stronger lip color. Her hair is amazing. How many of us have tried to get it to look like that and failed miserably? She’s a beautiful woman. Don’t like that the cover shot made her beautiful boobs look droopy.

  • Glammie

    I like the dress choices and the hair.  Stylist was on the job–I’m even fine with the make-up, but, boy, *boring* photos and I don’t know this stuff as well as others, but it seems like there’s a lot of Photoshop–as in her real shoulder’s are a bit broader–she’s a petite woman, but her image has been played with in such a way that these aren’t her normal proportions.

  • judybrowni

    Okay, I get it, we’re not supposed to comment on the models.

    But surely, when Givenchy has styled one as a fetish Hitler…

  • lonepear

    Gorgeous woman, gorgeous dresses, and yes, sexy hair; pity that everyone else involved managed to shit the whole thing up.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks so good here, I can’t think why I’ve been thinking of her as ‘not as attractive as she used to be.’

    The lighting (and probably several other technical things I don’t know enough to recognize) is doing NOTHING for that Chanel dress, but she’s flat out adorable in that shot.

  • gabbilevy

    The Givenchy is my fave, the rest are kinda meh. Which is tragic, when you consider the gorgeous materials TR had to work with (dresses and lady in the dresses)

  • Me Again

    What the hell is up with her pose in the picture with the Chanel outfit?  Is she just proving to us that the dress has pockets (like the runway model is doing too)?

  • alyce1213

    There’s something manic in the Chanel photograph that looks like a drunken mug shot.
    Great work, TR.

  • terekirkland

    Boringest. Editorial. Evezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • Thathoodwink

    The 4th picture of the model in the Givenchy gown. What in the world is going on with her mouth?

    • Thathoodwink

      I looked it up. It’s “facial jewelry”. What looks like a bunch of loop earrings hanging from the middle of the nose, covering the mouth.

  • jw_ny

    Sexy hair indeed!  I like the subtle lip, but agree that makeup can/should be switched up with the outfit.  Speaking of which, you’d think Penelope could wear everything…but that Chanel dress is not her dress, and her hair is not so sexy there either….

  • soren

    Her make up is fine.  She looks washed out because that’s Terry Richardson’s “style.”

  • Anplica Fiore

    She looks like she’s going to prom in that Chanel dress…

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    that givenchy dress is a knockout, better on the model, even better on the model had the model not had a death’s head moth in her mouth & been paired w/ a basketball. for no reason, apparent or subliminal.

    the rest of these shots are fine. eh, terry richardson, he just remembers his father’s world & thinks we are still living in it. & he has, & makes, enough money that he doesnt have to disabuse himself of the illusion.

    • guest2visits

      Who the H is this Terry Richardson that everyone’s disliking so much ?

  • abigail3

    She just looks different somehow. Nose tweak? What is it? It’s driving me crazy.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Terry fucking Richardson, doing half-assed work on this month’s unfortunate fashion magazine sheep.

  • Aurumgirl

    She has great hair but any pallor and overexposure is the sole responsibility of the photographer.  Who is as boring as F*CK.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    That last picture is coming with me the next time I get my hair did.

    golden highlights, not *yellow streaks* for the love of all that’s good…

  • Pterodactyl111

    What the heck is with the model’s lips in that photo with the basketball??

  • TheVeryLivingEND

    That hair!

  • Anne Meek White

    The editorial is bleh and her hair is big. Enh. Not feeling it, sorry Penny.

  • Pannyx

    This whole editorial just seems lazy to me. I feel there were much better pieces from the collection that she could have been dressed in. I’m not really a fan of any of these dresses, especially when compared to the rest of the collections they came from. And where’s the styling? Were there no stylists on hand to add accessories or maybe suggest that the white background is doing nothing to enhance the look?

  • Daenyx

    No, her face looks like it isn’t *completely* covered in makeup.  Which I rather like!

  • guest2visits

    God she’s beautiful. She should look trashy in that overly bodacious Versace; but she just looks amazing.

  • snarkykitten

    holy mother of god, whatever they have on the model’s mouth in the Givenchy photo is creepy!

  • Rebecca

    Richardson has a thing for washed-out looking women.

    But Penelope has amazing hair–I wonder if she and Kathy Middleton exchange tips?

  • Rand Ortega

    Damn, she’s luscious!
    Just watched “Broken Embraces” for the 90th time last night. She knocks me out!
    21st Century Sophia Loren.
    Not that 20th Century Sophia is any less fabulous.

  • Jessica Pippin

    She is my favorite. Love the shot of her smiling. Definitely could’ve been a more creative editorial, but she looks great. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Sexy hair, sexy body, sexy lips – the woman is sex on a stick.  And she looks better in every single outfit than the models. LOVE the Givenchy.  Of course, that one is styled so badly on the runway that I can’t even look at it!!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Get your thumbs out of that Chanel’s waistband, you bad girls! Clothes look pretty, she looks hot, but this is dull as dishwater. What is in that Givenchy model’s mouth? Is it a gilded pacifier, or a gilt-lip pucker?

  • sleah_in_norcal

    i loved that armani prive on the runway, but it does nothing for me on the cover.  what happened to the gorgeous green?  the givenchy, on the other hand, looks light years better on penny.  the versace is beautiful as an art object, but it would look uncomfortable on anyone.

    her hair looked sexier to me when it was long.  and i usually hate pale lips, but here they’re not that pale.  just sort of neutral/natural.  

  • Sarah Caponigro

    Hate the Chanel dress.

  • piecesofconfetti

    At first I didn’t notice who photographed these images, but I thought to myself, “These look like generic Terry Richardson snooze photos. If you make Penelope Cruz look generic, you’re doing it wrong.” Then I saw that it was Terry Richardson. Put me on the hate wagon, for sure.

  • NurseEllen

    Chanel as gym wear?  I don’t think so.  And while I am fully aware that runway presentations are just as much about effect, affect, styling, shock value, and photo opportunities as they are about the clothing, I have to say: I hate the nose ring/pacifier on the Givenchy, I hate the dunce cap on the Armani model, I hate the hairstylng & feathers on the Chanel model, and I hate the shoes on the Versace model.  Together, they take the “haute” out of “haute couture”.

    Penelope, on the other hand, is my pick for World’s Most Gorgeous Woman.  She is just fab.

  • Pamela

    I wish MY face looked that washed out and underdone!!

  • Basket

    In my opinion Cruz has one trick, looking sexy.  I am so yawn about her. 

  • bellafigura1

    Is the model (who looks a lot like Stella Tennant) in the Givenchy sporting a pacifier?  Or a robot mouth?  What’s going on there?

    • PeaceBang

      I was thinking Hannibal Lector Mask For Girls. Awful. Like some medieval torture device for uppity hausfraus.

    • guest2visits

      I know. Horrifying.  Some one needs therapy over at Givenchy. Looks like a kick in the head for women; covering
      the mouth.   Didn’t some ancient civilization put coins in mouths of their dead ?
      Probably looked better than this.

  • Ria V

    You can bet Lea Michele is gonna have these photos on her wall. 

  • sid123

    the cover shot looks like her boobs were photoshopped to look like a butt.

  • butter nut

    i’m so tired of the terry richardson style editorial.  it’s the same damn thing every time.  and each time he manages to take beautiful celebrities, in world-class hair, makeup, clothes & styling, and make them look the worst they could possibly look.  here’s a major sex-bomb actress in chanel, looking like a washed out, awkward kid from around the corner, who has no clue how to pose or work her face.  the fault certainly does not lay with penelope.  everyone knows she’s beyond flawless.  it’s this shitty, over-hyped creepoid photographer that needs to stop getting gigs already, cause his shit does indeed truly stink.

  • VicD

    She appears to have yoga hair in the Chanel shot.  Plus, just hate the boobs peeking out on the magazine cover – would have loved it if not for that (those).  Distracting in a bad way.

  • Dani Colman

    I’ve been staring in horror at the cover shot for minutes now, because I’m pretty sure boobs just don’t do that.  Especially Penelope Cruz’s beautiful boobs.  Her boobs look like a bum. 

    Penelope Cruz is ass over tits.

    And it’s a crying shame, because I’m sure Penelope Cruz has a beautiful bum that no one would object to seeing.  Just not on her chest.

  • ccm800

    these look like preshoot snapshots.

  • TieDye64

    She’s beautiful, but barely recognizable in a couple of the pics. Still, I wouldn’t mind looking like her on her worst day/photo shoot.

  • Meredith M

    Did anyone look at the model in the Givenchy gown and, thanks to that combover and whatever’s on her lip, immediately think “skinny Hitler!” 

  • Corsetmaker

    How to make couture look super cheap! 
    The Givenchy (which I love on the model) looks stripperish here.
    The Chanel looks like a teenage party dress.
    The Versace looks plain trashy (admittedly it’s not hard to make Versace look trashy).

  • Tom Markiewicz

    i think she looks damn stunning! and the pale lip helps highlight her eyes; she looks mesmerizing

  • eight_of_nine

    A lot of hate for the Chanel dress shot.  I’m surprised, I thought it was cute and unexpected.  We all know that Penelope can do “smoldering temptress” on a dime, but the casual, jaunty pose in the Chanel dress was refreshingly uncharacteristic.  At least, to me it was!

  • bitterk

    She’s stunning