Jennifer Lawrence for W Magazine

Posted on September 14, 2012

Jennifer gives it her best shot, but we’re left thinking high fashion editorials really aren’t in her wheelhouse. Tilda she is not.

 Calvin Klein Collection Feather and Organza Dress

Jennifer Lawrence covers the October 2012 issue of W magazine photographed by Tim Walker and styled by Jacob K. Hair by Malcolm Edwards at Streeters. Makeup by Sam Bryant for Chanel Beauté.


Alberta Ferretti Fall 2012 Collection

Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 Collection

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Fall 2012 Collection

Prabal Gurung Fall 2012 Collection


The garments are gorgeous and the photography is beautiful, but it’s just not working for us. She can rock sportswear and Hollywood-style glamour, but the standard W mag editorial just isn’t where her strengths lie.


[Photo Credit: Tim Walker for,,]

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  • Linda Tredennick

    Agree. But, she is doing better than I would have thought she could have!

  • aka Darth Mommy

    Almost, but not quite. 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Preview of the Mockingjay get-ups, is all I can think…

    • AlinaValero

      YES this is what I imagine the crazy photo shoot of Katniss in the different wedding dresses would look like!

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Yup… though Cinna’s surprise feather reveal seems to have come early. (Wonder if they’ll bother with the designs Cinna does for her to pretend are hers.)

    • tallgirl1204

      Oh, exactly.  Is her confused face an attempt at being in character?

    • Vickiefantastico

      You’re completely right! For some reason, I find it all off putting.

  • TonyGo

    Love that white peacock picture!

  • Judy_J

    I think she is too young to carry this off.  Give her a few years to mature.

  • Sam Corbett

    Agree. She looks lovely (though the makeup doesn’t much suit her), but completely lost. The peacock is smizing more than she is!

  • tereliz

    Maybe she’s just freaked out by all the dead birds? I know I would be.

    • Meghann

      Agreed.  Having a peacock in the same room as a taxidermied train is upsetting me.

  • Sobaika

    Agree. There’s not a whole going on in the Giving Face department.

    • AudreysMom

       Agreed. I like JL as a performer but I look at this and consider of the likes of Tilda, Cate the great and most recently Emma Stone and think, ‘stop trying to make [Jennifer Lawrence in a high fashion editorial] happen. It’s not going to happen.’ 

      • SassieCassy

        Hmmm give her some time. OR maybe a different styling/setting

        Isnt black swan sooooo 2010?

  • Clueless_Jock

    Ostrich is kind of hard to pull off with dignity.

  • MilaXX

    I like the flamingo and the peacock, but the ones that really require her to give face don’t really work.

    • Tess Danesi


    • poggi

       Yes, the cover is the worst by far.  I actually like the final peacock shot quite a bit.  I wouldn’t normally picture her as delicate and ethereal but she is pulling it off in that one.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Definitely agree 100%.

  • A. W.

    I disagree. I think she looks stunning, and is pulling off these looks very well. Whoever contoured her face for these shots deserves a medal.

  • Diane_G

    She just needs to work on her face. Every look is of a bewildered child overwhelmed by her surroundings, staring blankly at whatever the director was telling her to look at. 

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    Agree. She looks out of her element.  Gorgeous, but slightly confused and uncomfortable. 

  • Jen Hughes

    I think the one with the flamingo is a gorgeous picture.

    • Tatiana Luján

      So do I. She looks so delicate.

  • Sally Brownson

    Yeah, I agree. She’s gorgeous, but she looks scared shitless in most of the shots.

  • hughman

    The only time I’ve ever actually thought “smizing” was relevant. 

  • Trisha26

    The clothes & photographs are beautiful, but she does nothing for me here. I also find the juxtaposition of those feathery gowns next to real/fabricated birds very unsettling.

  • S_Swift

    The picture of the Vivienne Westwood model on a bike is hilarious.  Did Big Bird ever ride a bike? That’s where my mind went.

    • mshesterp

      My first thought at seeing that picture: “…wait, what?  Why…what?”  I don’t know what’s going on there, but the model looks awesomely blase about the whole thing.

      • S_Swift

         Right?!! I love it! I’m surprised none of the feathers got stuck in the chain.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Yes, I was scrolling, scrolling, scro…pause, wait, what? I just want to see the video of said model turning around at the end of the narrow runway. Or two passing at the same time. 

    • aeg66

      Its the epitome of WTF???????

    • NC_Meg

      I had to do a double take on that photo. Vivienne Westwood, you crazy bitch. Don’t ever change.

  • meowing

    These pictures are just “oh my” bad.  Maybe she has other strengths, as you say, but those strengths are not in evidence here.

  • Sara__B

    Her face doesn’t have the planes and angles needed for high fashion shots, no matter how much contouring is applied. It’s a pretty editorial, but she’s not quite pulling it off.

  • Spicytomato1

    I gotta respectfully disagree. With her undone eyes and pale lips she gives me a Rooney Mara-as-Lisbeth vibe. I think she does great here, really no worse than other starlets who step out of their usual box to pose for W. I think the shot where she’s holding the blue bird is pretty fierce. 

  • Melanie Suzanne

    Bless her heart.

  • kelsita421

    eh… no. and the cover is really not working for me. pretty feathers, those are not. blech.

  • kschwarting

    I’m inclined to agree.  She’s really lovely and is a talented actress, but this just isn’t going to be her strength.

  • Lindsay Koenig Manoogian

    Anyone else seeing The Childlike Empress from Neverending Story?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She’s got a strong face, and that usually works for more artsy photoshoots, but she’s a bit stiff and awkward for this, yes.

  • tallgirl1204

    Things Katniss might wear to inspire rebellion in the Districts.  These look to me like interpretations of the Mockingjay dress hidden under her wedding dress that Katniss is forced to wear in the second book of the trilogy.  Is she attempting to pose in character?  (I didn’t see the movie so am just guessing.)  I just read the second book of the trilogy and the description of the wedding dress and its disintegration into the feathered Mockingjay gown was stunning. 

    • MilaXX

       HA! Aren’t you just waiting for them to transform into something else?

  • Christina Tinglof

    Maybe this is because I’ve seen a bunch of her interviews, but she doesn’t look scared to me…she looks like she’s about to crack up laughing. Like, “WTF am I do with these BIRDS?”

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Right? She has a really awesome personality, so I guess I”m not sold on all of this based on the interviews I’ve read.

  • mjude

    she has to start somewhere.  tilda she is not.  but i do like this photo shoot.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Agree. Compare this to her Flare cover ( She knew what to do in those clothes and that situation. Here she seems lost amidst the props and foofaraw.

  • Purple Fish

    Kudos to her for trying. It’s definitely not working, though. I don’t see the point in doing a Jennifer Lawrence editorials if you wouldn’t even be able to tell it’s her.

    • Spicytomato1

      That’s what W does, though. They tend to transform recognizable people with looks that are completely unexpected. I’d say they succeeded here.

    • mshesterp

      Definitely–I give her a “aw…you tried, sweetie!” vote of confidence.  She didn’t quite make it, but she did her best!  And came closer than probably other bland actresses might attempt.  I love me some Lawrence, but she definitely has a low-key sensibility to her that doesn’t work in this mode.

  • Megan A Pugmire

    I think she looks stunning. I’m always amazed at what a chameleon she is. The camera loves the planes of her face, no doubt. 

  • Carla_Charlton

    There’s something about her face that always seems a little expressionless — I think maybe her eyes don’t change much when she smiles.  That being said, I think the photo of her in the Alexander McQueen is quite good.

  • Deirdre

    I don’t like the first two images, but everything else works! The photo of her in the Vivienne is the best, I think. She’s no Tilda, but she can pull off an ethereal prettiness better than I would have guessed.

  • formerlyAnon

    The end result is so-close but not-quite – though I give the stylist, photographer and (possibly – I never know how much involvement they have) the art director, if there was one, a TON of credit.

  • choco

    I actually love it. Esp the one with the flamingo and the veil

  • another_laura

    I like the white peacock better than any of the clothing.  Maybe it’s just my mood today.  She is not able to pull this off, such glam clothes need more presence than she can bring to the shoot.

    ETA: By liking the white peacock, I mean the bird, not the shot!

  • AuntieAnonny

    I think this has more to do with editing than anything else. 

  • LLuL

    The white dress, white peacock shot is gorgeous. The cover shot looks silly. I think she could pull off editorial, but I agree this attempt is not a success. Try again. I would love to see her get it right. 

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      the flamingo isnt there. i dont even think the peacock is.

  • cheesebomb

    Is that model riding a bicycle down the runway?

  • VicksieDo

    The cover and the first picture look awful to me, like she’s playing dress up.  The others are okay.

  • Thea Churchill-Robson

    She looks SO MUCH better in a nude face and dark hair than she does all made up – and with light hair too.

    She’s a natural beauty, even the best done make-up looks awkward on her – who ever does her red carpet looks has it all wrong.

    Editorial aside, this is the prettiest I’ve seen her.

  • skadi1

    I think she’s doing it better than some models I’ve seen. I’m not sure Tilda is a fair comparison, given their difference in age/experience. But I admit, I’m horribly biased.

  • gabbilevy

    Agree. I like the McQueen image and the Prabal Gurung better than the others, but, as pretty as she is, I don’t think her face is all that *interesting*.  That seems to be what sets models apart–they’re more than just beautiful, their look is interesting. Jen, gorgeous though she may be, doesn’t fit that category IMO.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    agree. too bad, too. i tend to like her. but she’s tall & maybe athletic, not arty. & the photography, here, & even the gimmick are, well, just too gimmicky. just too much photoshop, too–& i dont mean done to her. the whole set is about as there as were our friends, this week, in the bakersfield version of lawrence of fauxrabia in, well, arabia & not bakersfield.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Agree.  Leave this to the true professionals.  I guess she just doesn’t have a face that sets her apart for high fashion like this.  See: Iman, Kate Moss, Tilda, Kiera Knightley.  

  • PastryGoddess


    She just isn’t quite comfortable in all of the looks yet.  I hate to say it, but she is a bit to apple cheeked for the high fashion DivaLaGrandeFierceFace editorials.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Agreed. She’s a beautiful girl, but you gotta have some super-modeling powers to be able to pull off feathers on your head.

  • tereliz

    How awesomely ironic is this quote from that interview in comparison? Maybe that’s why she’s not giving it her all:

    “I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds.”

  • melanie0866

    Why?  I mean seriously, WHY???

  • StelledelMare

    Agreed. This is just not for her. Though the best pictures of the punch is definitely the last one

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, dear. Well, she’s still very, very new to all this.

  • turtleemily

    This just reminds me of when I was a collection assistant for a museum, and one of my duties was to check all the taxidermied specimens for bugs.

  • nancy

    The last shot, the white peacock look, is lovely. 

  • nannypoo

    I’m embarrassed for her.

  • prettybigkitty

    She just looks uncomfortable.  

  • KathKo

    She’s a really pretty girl but she’s no model.
    Sadly she feels flat, static and liveless.
    I, as other bitter kittens, think it was done with heavy hinting at the next Hunger Games movie : “see, that’s how Catniss will be”.
    But that lacks the fire of a twirling girl who’s going to fight for survivance.
    This is too pretty failing to be edgy.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Agree. She’s trying, but it’s just not her thing.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    she is giving it the ole college try, it’s all very awkward….best left to Tilda and Cate for the time being….

  • NCDFan

    I’m not sure that I think the garments were gorgeous. I think the dresses are striking but the poses rely too much on the bird elements.

  • WhiteMage

    She has the same expression in every picture, which now that you mention it, IS Tilda’s expression.

  • jilly_d

    I don’t know, TLO. That one of her on the floor is pretty fukkin fab.

  • kristel

    I think she has the right kind of face for it, but she doesn’t seem to know what to do with it, or with her body, to make it work. 

  • frannyprof

    Agree. Beautiful editorial but lacks the impact that a Tilda or a Gaga would provide.

  • joe_tey83

    She looks like Rooney Mara…

  • Corazon Nunez

    She looks like a bird nest (Which is probably the point, but still . . .).

  • Zippypie

    Poor thing was tarred and feathered and for what?  Seriously ugly dresses – I see all the feathers and can only think of old smelly old-fashioned dusters.  She’s a down to earth woman – why on earth would she be dressed like a friggin’ bird?  Katniss would stick and arrow in her and sell her at the Hob.

  • MariaM

    Disagree, respectfully. I think she is wearing the crap out of those fowl garments.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    We soft-faced girls just don’t have the angles for high fashion. Don’t sweat it, Jen, you’ll never age. The ideas were beautiful even if the execution is lacking. 

    • Carolyn Warfield

      I completely agree.  Her face just doesn’t have the structure that’s needed for these type of shots.  This just isn’t her art form–which isn’t a judgment of her personally.  Most high fashion models aren’t conventionally pretty, as Jen is; instead they’re interesting or unusual in some way.  

  • Presumptuous Insect

    So dull. Imagine that Bella girl doing this–she’d knock it out of the park.

  • marlie

    I like this editorial enough, but the photos don’t even look like her (some of them, anyway).  But the gowns are amazing. It would have been nice to be able to see more of them, though.

  • UglyCasanova

    Agree!  Tilda, where art thou?

  • quiltrx

    It’s weird…I think she’s serving it up in pictures 2 and 4, but not in the other two!

  • Winterhart

    I don’t know… but that photo with the white peacock is -stunning-.  If I could find that blown up large it would be my desktop wallpaper.

  • SewingSiren

    I’m quite sure that if I rode my bike wearing bird feathers, state doctors would come after me with a net.

  • Samantha Irene

    agree – the only one that works is the one where they covered her face… she’s just not strange looking enough.

  • marilyn

    The reason it does not work for you may be the ghastly expression on her face.  She is starring in a freak show.

  • julnyes

    She is lovely and I enjoy her performances, but a high fashion model she is not and there’s nothing wrong with that :)

  • ccm800

    Agree – her mouth is lacking 

  • crash1212

    She just kind of….disappears. Weird.

  • Me Again

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Alexander McQueen and the Prabal Gurung.  I think Jennifer looks fabulous.

  • Vera

    Agree. JLaw is my girl crush, but she is out of her territory. Imagine a professional model in this shoot. Actors can only go so far.

    • Lisa

      Yup, everything you just said.

  • fashionablylate

    I disagree, I think she’s giving pretty good face. The cover is bland, but I like the rest.

  • LuisaNL

    beautiful pics but I am getting an ANTM vibe from her. 

  • Lisa

    Yeah, she’s lovely, but this is out of her element.  Not that I think every actress should stay the same and get into a rut and not try new things – far from it.  But she tried this, and it’s clearly not her. The photography IS gorgeous, though.

  • kat89

    She’s not the pastel and feather type. She’s the “Girl on Fire,” which seems to suit her better.

  • kikisayshi

    The shot with the flamingo in the McQueen dress is absolutely gorgeous. She kinda looks like a deer in the headlights on the cover. The others are ok, but look a bit forced. I’m not a fan of feathers but I am LOVING the Prabal Gurung dress. 

  • TSkot

    Agree.  Her expression is full of doubt.

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, she’s too quirky for these. I kinda dig the last one, though.

  • karywin

    She’s holding a bird over her tatas.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Both.  She is rocking the Westwood and the McQueen.  The Gurung looks pretty good, but her face is too bland.  I don’t think it’s her as much as makeup . . .

  • sweetlilvoice

    Photo 2 with flamingo and shell is pretty good. It would be cool to see Tilda in this editorial too. 

  • PeaceBang

    Agree, but gorgeous clothes and photos!

  • HK4Seven

    I think she looks really ethereal and pretty.  At least it’s interesting to look at.  The pink flamingo picture is particularly beautiful.

  • neofashionista

    it is weird she looks dead or souless in these which is especialy odd because usually in interviews and on film what shines is her brilliant spirit and personaility; I think she was trying too hard or something;  no bueno,  dead birds seriously no bueno

  • Connie Schulte

    Nope, She’s real and that just doesn’t go well with fashion magazines.  
    I like her real self better.

  • Nicole

    this just isn’t her. she is totally not the type of person to wear all of this unless someone is forcing her to and let’s face it someone is