Cover Girl: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for ELLE UK

Posted on July 27, 2012

One of T Lo’s favorite fierce red carpet goddesses get’s the cover treatment and we are more than a little confused.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley covers the September 2012 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by David Vasiljevic.

Is it us, or is that an amazingly unflattering picture of her face? Flat, full-on lighting with virtually no contouring? Did an intern take this picture? Total moon face.

Actually, that’s not true. There is contouring; it’s just that it gives her knife-edge cheekbones and makes her look like she has a 5 o’clock shadow. What an odd cover shot.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Patrycja Gardygajlo


But she’s working the shit out of that outfit, we have to say. And let’s face it: practically no one is capable of working the shit out of that thing.

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  • BazoDee

    YES and YES. She is working the outfit and yes that is a dreadful cover. It seems most covers these days are so photshopped that most of the celebs don’t look like themselves and don’t appear very attractive. 

  • Isadora Paiva

    The fact that she still looks hot given that lighting and the angle her face is set in (not to mention that outfit) is mind-blowing.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    That is an awful picture of her face. It is hard to make this beautiful girl look odd.

  • lovelyivy

    Thus far she is the only person to make granny panties look remotely like a viable clothing option. So despite the odd-looking face in the shot, well played Miss Huntington-Whitely!

  • Zubair Ghumro

    It looks better on Rosie. 

  • bobbi32

    And here come the September issues, baby.  Am I wrong to love this season in fashion mags as much as I enjoy the Sweet 16?

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Head too big for the body on the cover.  That is some bad photo-shopping.  Look at the difference between the size of the runway model’s head and the cover head! The proportions are just plain wrong.  Disconcerting.

    • littlemac8

      Do you think they brought the head forward and did something funny to the neck?

    • Igor Buarque

      and look at the eyes also! are distorted.

    • Michelle Le

      YES!! it looks like they’ve squished her into a top-heavy triangle or shot her from the top down. Her body is the last thing they should be messing with post-production as far as I’m concerned.

  • MajorBedhead

    Tapestry, ruffle-edged granny panties. And knee socks. What the actual fuck? 

  • Wellworn

    Raphael and the Renaissance masters are turning over in their crypts.

  • Little_Olive

    I don’t see moon face… quite the opposite, I see cheeksucking like her life depends on it. And also that she is congested. 

  • bookish

    I look at that cover and my eyes go straight to the scolding baby angel. What the hell?

    • Nancy Abrams

      The angel is saying, “This is what happens when you don’t ask for final approval of the photography.”

  • JasonKL

    Her head looks gigantic compared to her body, and her hips/thighs look tiny (not tiny as in skinny, tiny as in the proportions are literally off). I think this is really bad photoshopping at work. 

    She is still making that hideous outfit work for her, though!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Why did they need to Photoshop Rosie? Isn’t she about as perfect as you can humanly get?

  • TheOriginalLulu

    The more I look at it, the more I agree. She’s so stunning, but her face looks awful in this pic.
    Congrats, David Vasiljevic, you managed to make Rosie H-W look unattractive. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider that career choice, no?

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Her face looks not good.  I noticed the same thing….She is beyond gorgeous but parts of her face look puffy and swollen–especially around her nose.   

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    New Barbie! Designer Grannie Pantie Barbie! You  get three blouses and 9 (that’s right– 9!) pairs of designer (inspired) grannie panties to mix and match!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I sure am tired of seeing her wear diapers everywhere: denim diapers in Maxim, floral diaper here. So tired of her.

  • Nicholas

    The photoshop is strong in this one.

  • Judy_J

    Her head looks badly photoshopped on someone else’s body.  I don’t recall her having such a pronounced trout-pout, either.  Hope she hasn’t done something rash.

  • joe_tey83

    “Is it us, or is that an amazingly unflattering picture of her face?”

    Probably bad photoshop from some inexperienced guy who got dumped the touch up job at the last minute when all the other photoshop people got food poisoning and are busy shitting their pants.

  • Cold Fire

    she has the face for red hair! She needs to die it and put some red on the lips. And then she will really be named RED ROSE! 

  • littlemac8

    Including the model who’s wearing it in the show and RHW on the cover!  There is no “few” here.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    She bugs, big time, and I really don’t think she gives good face (esp. not in such a crappy photograph).  However, she most definitely is working that D & G ensemble. 

    • l_c_ann

      Isn’t she the woman who chose a movie role over being the Faux Heidi on PR All Stars 2? 

      PRAS2 may have dodged a bullet.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Faux-needlework granny panties. Faux-needlework granny panties. Faux-needlework granny panties.

    I keep saying it over and over trying to make sense of it. I can’t. I Just. Can’t.

  • glennethph

    Very Willam.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    the top is gorgeous. the bottom, um, um, yeah….. not.

    in other news, at first & in my browser, i only saw the top half of the cover. from that i thought it was adele. take that however you want but i mean it very nicely. i actually dont think the photoshop is as bad as all that. i’ve seen so much worse. then again perhaps instead it’s cos i still have to sustain me the memory, earlier this week, of poor & silly mimi–or, at least, maybe kinda sorta parts of poor & silly mimi [maybe. i’m not certain any of that was real]. so, um, yeah, again. okay.

  • quiltrx

    She has that vague British bitch-face that I can’t stand (like Keira Knightley).  This is probably the worst picture of that bitch-face I’ve ever seen.

  • MmmmmmmmK

    Hello!  Enjoy my floral vagina!


    I agree, this a very poor shot facially. Aside from lighting issues, she looks as if she’s about to sneeze.

  • guest2visits

    I didn’t see any problem with her face; holy s— she’s gorgeous.
    It’s the hideous shorts that jump out – these ridiculous diaper bottoms are made to make grown women look like children
    dressed in doll’s clothes, I guess.

  • LambeeBaby

    Whoa, it is a very unflattering photo of her face. It makes me feel a little better about my chins. If this woman can take a bad photo anyone can.

  • margaret meyers

    Is this the time for needlepoint granny panties.  Mmmmno.

  • frankystein123

    Her face, being only border-line appealing at the best of times, has simply been murdered by the air-blown hair.