Cover Girl: Nicole Kidman for Harper’s Bazaar Australia

Posted on May 07, 2012

Nicole Kidman is serving up some INTENSE MOMMYSTARE REALNESS.


Nicole Kidman covers the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar Australia magazine photographed by Will Davidson.

And she looks like she’s ready to fuck up that photographer if he takes one step closer to her child.

Which makes it a pretty arresting shot, actually.

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  • merciblahblah

    The curls on that baby’s head just killed me dead. Seriously. SO much like my daughter’s hair. I love this photo.

  • charlotte

    Warm coat for the mom, naked baby. Well played!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Didn’t even see that at first – just saw how gorgeous Nicole looked.  But of course you are right! 

    • Laura Hand

       Hahahaha I thought the exact same thing.

    • sagecreek

      yeah, what a great example of momlove!

    • Bridget Smith

      I think the point is that the baby is actually wrapped up in her coat with her. But that’s pretty hard to see – her arm’s in the way.

      • calimon

        Still, very much a naked baby. 

    • birkatbaby

      She’s wrapping the baby up in her coat!

    • Lina_bee

      Given that they live in Tennessee, it was probably about 70F when they shot this.

      • MinAgain

        The way it’s been going lately, it was probably more like 85-90 degrees.  It’s hot here in the MidSouth.

      • Patti Lever

         if it was taken in Sydney then it wasn’t cold either.

  • Spicytomato1

    She looks like the Nicole of yore, natural and unfussy, albeit slightly evil with that stare. Adorable baby.

    • murt

       Ya she really does with the exception of her lips… It’s nice to see though. She looks great.

  • gsk241

    I still fail to understand why she wasn’t cast to play Narcissa Malfoy.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I remember hearing Nicole’s bestie Naomi Watts was up for the role and thinking she’d be perfect.

      • Cassie

        Oh, that would have been great. I LOVE Naomi Watts. Such a great actress, and never quite got the career she deserved.

    • Bridget Smith

      I agree, but after playing Mrs. Coulter in The Golden Compass, maybe she didn’t want to be typecast? (AS IF.)

    • Susan

      It was my understanding that JK Rowling was fairly firm that all the actors had to be either British or true to the nationality that was written for them — i.e. the girl that was cast as Fleur really is French.  Therefore both Nicole and Naomi (as Aussies) could have only played characters that were written as being from Australia.

      • gsk241

        Now that you mention it, I think you’re right about that.  When I read the books,though, it was Nicole I saw as Narcissa with her perfect ice-queen beauty.

      • SassieCassy

        I think she meant that about the kids because at first they were looking for American actors to play Harry

        Sorry, I’m a Harry Pothead full of useless information about the franchise XD

        • Stephanie Burgess

          I’m a huge HP fan but didn’t know that! Interesting. I always did think it was cool that the nationalities of the  actors and the characters matched. Having an American put on a fake accent to play Harry could have gone bad really fast.

          • lizajane1776

             As is obvious when an actor from one of the films (Goblet of Fire) put on an American accent for another film (Twil—I can’t even say it.)

          • HengRu

             Unless they had hired Renee Zellweger to play Harry.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Although Naomi was born in the UK wasn’t she? So technically… But yeah, I was really happy that they emphasised that in the casting. Could so easily have become a clusterfuck like the Dark is Rising.

        • Beardslee

          The Dark is Rising is one of my favorite books (and series) ever and just seeing the previews for that movie was enough to keep me out of the theater, it looked so bad.

      • H3ff

        The girl who plays Luna Lovegood is Irish, though.

  • Super_Red

    That’s possibly my favorite cover you’ve ever had on this blog. Great, great shot. 

  • guestela

    LOVE this photo. That baby looks so adorable, even with its back turned to the camera. Chubby, perfect skin against heavy black fabric. Makes my ovaries explode.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    The best part of all?  They left her face the hell alone! No obvious Photoshop.  She even has some lines!

    • poggi

       You are exactly right.  An appropriate use of Photoshop where, as Tina Fey argued,  you look “as if you were caught on your best day in the best light.”

      • Kiltdntiltd

         And we don’t need to be snowed into believing that she’s younger than springtime. We all know better.  A few well earned lines are fitting and graceful.

    • Spicytomato1

      Actually I thought they deployed sort of a reverse Photoshop…she looks more natural on this cover than she does in “real life” shots. It’s like they lessened the effects of some of her obvious work somehow.

      • Kiltdntiltd

         Whatever they did, she looks naturally herself, which is laudable these days.

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  • Judy_J

    Great photo.  She looks like a real person, not photoshopped to death.

  • greyhoundgirl

    I agree with the “not photoshopped to death” comment.  When I saw this I thought–wait–is that a LINE on her face?  They let her look real?  How refreshing and beautiful!

  • SpcilK

    Love it. Lioness with baby cub!

  • Ennovi_R

    I think it is beautiful and I love how the baby is turning away from the camera!

  • mjude

    what a great photo

  • mjude

    what a great photo

  • theafternoonknows

    This house is ours. This house is ours.

  • theafternoonknows

    This house is ours. This house is ours.

  • Susan Crawford

    It is SO good to see that Nicole is laying off the Botox a little. I detect MOVEMENT and even a LINE on her beautiful face. Please, Ms. Kidman, just ease off, and be the gorgeous woman you are, complete with a few crinkles. (And what an adorable little chunk of baby you have!)

  • Belle Burnett

    Nic is looking good here! Love the hair color, and the stare is REAL.

  • Uche

    Actually, I think her expression is due to the fact that her face has been frozen in about 3 ways.

    • AnaRoW

       That’s how she always looked before botox. You can tell she stopped using because her eyebrows are back where they’re supposed to be.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    how refreshing to see her face looking relatively natural as opposed to botoxed within an inch of it’s life…it’s a lovely photograph of mother and child

  • glennethph

    I thought Charlize at first

  • glennethph

    I thought Charlize at first

  • j_anson

    That’s an awesome shot. Although, are they pulling that “motherhood is the greatest role a woman can play” crap with that headline? Maybe the look on her face is her reaction to that.

    • turtleemily

      I’m more irked by the fact that it seems to be ignoring or forgetting the fact that Nicole and Tom Cruise have two adopted children.

      • AnaRoW

         She also has another daughter with her current husband. 

      • ecallaw

        I agree.  The caption seems to imply that motherhood is a fairly new role for her, instead of one she has been doing for at least 15 years.  Although it may be her fault as much as the magazine’s–in interviews I’ve read, she seems to act like she’s in awe of everything like it’s the first time for her.  And you never see her with her older kids, they’re always with Tom and Katie.  Just odd.

  • j_anson

    That’s an awesome shot. Although, are they pulling that “motherhood is the greatest role a woman can play” crap with that headline? Maybe the look on her face is her reaction to that.

  • Nicole Renee

    I love fat baby elbows!! EEee.. Ok, ovaries in check now..

    • Anathema_Device

       I know. Fat baby elbows are only second to fat baby thighs in my book. And I’m not usually one to get all freaky over babies.

      • Beardslee

        Yes, those elbows are delicious.

  • Anathema_Device

    INTENSE MOMMYSTARE REALNESS! So, so true. I really love this shot. It feels “real.”  I was confused for a moment as to why a summer issue would be so wintery, then I remembered, “Duh, Australia.”

  • beebee10

    THAT is a great cover!

  • bluefish

    Adorable baby.  Can almost smell the lovely baby smell from here.  So cute.

  • MilaXX

    Lifetime movie realness

  • Therese Bohn

    I want to cuddle that beautiful baby! 

  • marilyn

    She does look pretty hostile for holding a baby.  

    • alyce1213

      I didn’t really get hostile.  Fierce.

  • eight_of_nine

    She looks incredible, the best I can remember in ages!

  • Susy Varian Hammond

    I’m just glad Nicole has her own lips back.

  • siriuslover

    This picture is brilliant. She looks gorgeous, serious, and mommyish.

  • Maya

    i thought it was charlize theron for a moment. lovely shot though!

  • Markatha

    She’s really looking great these days, Motherhood suits her.

  • farts

    Amazing shot.

  • Ajuna Ariel Fenty

    My bb Nicole is baaack and I am so ecstatic. Nicole is an intensely electrifying actress when the role demands it and with meaty upcoming roles in movies like Hemingway and Gellborn, The Paperboy, The railway man and Grace of Monaco, she is going to MURDER THE TV SCREEN, ABSOLUTELY SHUT IT DOOOOWN!!!  I predict at least two Oscar nods in the next three years. Glad to see she scaled back on the botox too. Love ya Nicole.

  • murt

     Those are in no way close to her old lips, but she still looks great.

    • TieDye64

      I know and it makes me a little sad, but at least they’re better than they were for a while. Beautiful shot.

  • mrspotts66

     stunning shot!

  • fursa_saida

    This almost looks like a still from a horror movie, maybe from the late 90s. I love it.

  • GorgeousThings

    That’s the best I’ve seen her look in years. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    That’s a beautiful photo. She’s really a gorgeous woman.

  • MoHub

    THere’s a definite Mama Bear look on that cover.

  • guest2visits

    Lovely cover shot.

  • alyce1213

    There’s just something about holding your baby in your arms that gives you good face.
    It’s quite evident here.

  • EEKstl

    Gorgeous pic and Nicole looks stunning, but I’m kinda sick and tired of celebrities’ children as fashion accessory.  A paparazzi grabbing a pic of a celebrity and his/her kids is one thing, but when it’s a deliberate editorial decision it just smacks of beatific self-aggrandizement.