Katie Holmes for Harper’s Bazaar Russia

Posted on September 19, 2012

We don’t know, you guys. Katie’s looking a little scary to us right now.


Harper’s Baazar Russia October 2012 Issue
Editorial: “Elementary Holmes”
Photographer: Gilles Bensimon
Stylist: Natalia Alverdian
Hair: Sebastian Scolarici
Makeup: Christian McCulloch

That is the haunted look of an ex-Mrs. Cruise. Nicole needs to invite her over and let her fondle her Oscar for a while. Inside, she manages exactly one smile and it makes all the difference in the world.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection

Moschino Fall 2012 Collection

Versace Fall 2012 Collection

Michael Kors Fall 2012 Collection


Girl desperately needs her girlfriends to show up at her place on Friday night with a case of wine, a couple joints, and several boxes of baked goods to get her out of her funk.


[Photo Credit: Gilles Bensimon for Harper’s Bazaar Russia via thefashionspot.com, style.com ]

Please review our Community Guidelines before posting a comment. Thank you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

    Her poor lips look so dry and chapped.  And I am so tired of that long-hair-over the front-of-the-shoulders look. (Thanks Cathy C)

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

       Yep. Not to mention that when her hair is pulled away, even gently, her cheekbones really come out. I like the muted colors on her cheeks and lips– the countouring is done well. But her eyes on the cover! I’ll bring the booze, Katie, and we’ll chase off those lingering Xenu nightmares.


      for sure!!!  Her lips look so OLD!  How old is she?  Early 30’s?  Get the girl some Burt’s Bees stat!!!

      • V V

         Probably more like “get the girl to quit smoking,” unfortunately.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

          Dry, puckery lips and extremely hollowed out cheeks are the hallmark of the lady smoker, unfortunately.

      • 3boysful

         Burt’s Bees–I am addicted.

    • alyce1213

      Blame the make-up artist.  They can fix that.

  • Sobaika

    I don’t think this photoshoot is the best for her – WHO sees that Versace dress and thinks, “Kate Holmes!” – but she looks arresting in the closeup, third one down.

    • kschwarting

      I totally agree with you…I also think the third photo is helped by the color of that Moschino being perfection for her.

      • poggi

        Yes beautiful color for her and I love the earrings with it. I want those earrings (or more precisely, a cheap faux version that looks like those).

    • poggi

       I agree.  This is a great picture of her.  Also the eye makeup looks good in this one.  In some of the other shots the eye makeup, combined with her head position, make her eyes look droopy and extra sad. 

    • BazoDee

      My thoughts too – I think I stopped scrolling when I got to that one. We can quibble over the styling and the choices she’s made but it hard to deny that she is just stunning. 


    Katie’s ALWAYS looked a bit scary, guys. These shots just zero in on that and force you to take notice or die. Yikes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      I think she’s only scary during and post-Cruise. If you see her in ‘Wonder Boys’ or ‘Pieces of April,’ she has a sweet, natural prettiness. She’s also good in both of those.

      • berkeleygirl

        Thanks, Heather, you beat me to it. She’s adorable in Pieces of April.  Wasn’t quite so skinny, either…

  • Tatiana Luján

    Girl, that’s not your makeup.

  • jmorino08

    Is that model in the blue dress 12???

  • Mary Saucier

    I’m getting a Marion Cotillard vibe in the cover shot and in the gold dress. I think it’s the eye make-up?

    I think Katie is a crap actress (never liked her in ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and she was not much better in the”The Extra Man” which we watched the other night), but there is no denying that she is beautiful woman.

    • snarkalicious

      I agree about the Marion C. thing, but only in the gold dress shot.  I think she stole Miss Marion’s smile.  Seriously.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Her eye makeup reminds me of Nichole Ritchie over on the Whiteboard. Too much black covering too big of an area. 

  • ojosazules

    The Odette ascending/Swan Lake shot is lovely.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Joey Potter needs a hug. I can’t imagine being ambitious enough to marry Tom Cruise. These shots have a lovely sort of fragility to them, even with the new hardness to her expression. Very pretty.

  • Judy_J

    Her eye makeup is dangerously close to crossing the line between smoky eye and raccoon eye. 

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      lol, now I’m imagining her in raccoon drag.  Complete with bushy tail and tiny gloved hands.

  • fringebenefit

    and some eye make-up remover…girlfriends need to be sure to pack that as well, TLo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    She needs to spend some time with Tilda Swinton or someone who can crazy work a camera. She’s a stunning woman, but she looks like she’s posing for that awkward (yet beautiful) jewelry ad. 

  • GorgeousThings

    The shot in the blue dress makes her look like she is about 50 years old, and time warped back to 1986.

    She doesn’t do anything for me, but I give her points for getting away from the Cruise Loony Bin and doing it cleanly and with dignity.

  • mjude

    poor thing still looks so sad.  i agree tlo about having your girlfriends over on a friday night!  :)

    • Clueless_Jock

      She looks a bit hardened by the divorce.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I would also strongly recommend the application of gallons of ice cream to balance everything.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The whole consumptive White Swan thing she’s got going in this editorial does not compute with the image of her as a BALLER in my mind. Needs more power suits and the craziest heels you can find.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She used to be such a cute, smiley thing in her pre-Cruise days. It’s like he sucked all the light out of her.
    Come on, girl! Snap out of it! The Cruise Days are Over!

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Odd choices for her – although given the choices she’s made in her own life, maybe that is appropriate!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Sad eyes, turn the other way, I don’t wanna see you cry. Sad eyes, you knew there’d come a day, when we would have to say ‘goodbye’.  Oh for Pete’s sake, make yourself a pitcher of margaritas and get on with it!!!

  • frannyprof

    She has become even more insufferable since her divorce (if that’s possible). I know she doesn’t want to be seen as the gay divorcee, but this whole serious ex-wife act is getting really old, really fast.

  • kimmeister

    The gold D&G dress has eyeballs and it’s freaking me out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PU7FTI2IGMEMABJZMYJY3BAYY4 Desiree

    That Dolce & Gabbana dress has googly eyes.  And they’re staring at me.

  • Jecca2244

    I will say, i work for a magazine and we choose the photos…not the actress. i bet she was smiling a lot and they didn’t choose those photos.

    • Soren Lundi

      Yeah, one thing I noticed when I was in Europe is that people weren’t constantly fake-smiling out of obligation or fear that someone would yell at them for daring to go out in public with a neutral expression like they do in the US.  I found it really refreshing.

  • Wendi126

    Katie looks like she made a wrong turn and landed in the valley of the dolls.

  • 3boysful

    Any of you BK/PUF’s of a certain age recall those prints of little girls with big sad eyes that were inexplicably popular in the ’60s for little girls’ rooms?  That’s what I’m seeing in several of these shots, particularly the cover.

    • http://www.deborahwiles.com/ GoodSally

       Wednesday Addams.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

       Oh sweet Jesus YES!  I hated them.  My best friend in 7th grade had them in her bedroom, and when I stayed over night for a sleep over they gave me nightmares!

  • Rand Ortega

    Wow. I don’t know what Mr. Cruise is looking like these days, but that is 1 heart broke little girl. 1st photo in the Dolce & Gabbana is really sweet. But the rest screams— I miss him! Ugh…

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    But hey – her mouth is closed in most of these! 

  • hmariec19

    That was a really bad place to cut off her forehead on the cover.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      agreed, it’s giving her Frankenforehead….

  • MilaXX

    I dunno, i kinda like these.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hawkeye1978 Kristin Hanson

    I don’t really see a leather harness dress as in her wheelhouse, but I appreciate the attempt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    That D & G looks like a fourth-grade craft project.

  • H3ff

    Girl is reading kind of Posh Spice in a couple of these.

  • nannypoo

    I think the reason the smiling picture is so adorable is that in it she looks like Marion Cotillard.

  • http://twitter.com/Jen_Coughlin Jen Coughlin

    Her forehead looks really distorted on the cover

  • marilyn

    She looks at least 10 years older than she is.  It’s the heavy eye makeup, the deathly pallor and the way  her hair is done.  You are right, a smile might have helped.

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    She’s so much prettier when she smiles. In these photos, she just looks morose and depressed, not serious or seductive, or whatever else they were going for. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SLF3HHMOGYQZECIWQOA6XQ2OIU RealSpaceModels

    Well her girlfriends keep coming by to take her out cruising, but for some reason she doesn’t seem intrested

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    I love how there’s no “I will Survive” BS for Russian Bazaar. The Russians don’t want to hear it. 

  • joe_tey83

    She will probably feel worse if she’s made to fondle somebody else’s Oscar.

  • turtleemily

    She’s reminding me of Madeleine Stowe in most of these.

  • PastryGoddess

    Well we all know where she lives so showing up at her place isn’t that much of a stretch.

    Although I’m wondering if an acid trip would be more fitting…

  • mike__tv

    “and a couple of joints” I don’t know if TLO is being ironic…but I love you guys so much more. 

    Scientology took Kate’s life essence, now she’s a wraith…I wonder if they put THAT in her contract.

  • bitterk

    It’s worth considering that any woman who marries Tom Cruise and his publicist probably doesn’t have a bunch of girlfriends who will come by with joints, red wine and lots of “honey chile”.  If said woman had said girlfriends, said girlfriends would have come by with joints, red wine and lots of “bitch pleez” BEFORE the marriage to talk her out of it.

    Nicole Kidman doesn’t even look like the same woman.  I can only imagine that Katie won’t be the same either.

  • Noshmek

    I’m glad she will be permitted to have a career again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Y677IPHKKTF5FBXFHHVDHBSJA rgvucla

    She has no girl friends!   With all the multitude of pictures taken of her have we ever seen her with another adult that was not her ex-husband or an employee? She does have a very vacant look.
     Nicole was a very good actress prior to her marriage.  The same can not be said about Katie Holmes.

  • kat89

    She’s got the dead eyes.

  • Lilak

    “My dear, I knew Natasha Poly; and you’re no Natasha Poly.”

  • Jill Roberts

    I dunno–she’s working the shit out of that D&G dress (why does that collection photograph so well?), and the Michael Kors is pretty great on her too.  The cover shot is awful.  Pity.

  • https://twitter.com/LisaF1163 Lisa

    I don’t like the cover shot – it’s very harsh looking.  But the rest of the shoot, she looks really gorgeous!  She’s a horrible actress, but I don’t think it’s a far cry to say she’s ridonkulously pretty.

  • Zippypie

    I think they’ve got the whole tragic Russian ballerina thing going here.  I mean, she NEVER has any expression on her face, so this is no exception.

  • quiltrx

    She’s looking very “60s divorcee” to me.

  • KiPA

    When did her neck get so long?

  • Blondage

    I want to feed her a sammich.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I can’t judge her objectively.  1.) I think she’s absolutely beautiful 2.) ever since she showed herself to be such a baller by ass-f*cking scientology and saying Sayonara to Tom Cruise, it’s like we are best friends, but she doesn’t know it yet.  

    I’d be happy to head on over to her (definitely) fabulous NY townhouse and show her a good time!

  • fungstyle

    someone needs to reconnect with her inner joey. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

    I like that she has a serious, elegant face and simple but elegant style. And yet in life and these pictures, she always reads older in the not so good way. And sometimes her styling is just too mature for her. Lighten up Katie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vdunbarjones Valerie Dunbar Jones

    I see her next move as finding an extremely wealthy older man (preferably Catholic and preferably not in show business), adopting some proper causes and becoming a front-row fixture.  Very lovely fixture, but still just a fixture.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    There are definitely some quibbles to be had about this spread, and she surely does look fairly haunted in some of these pics, but HOLY HELL is this woman gorgeous.  Not a talented actress or designer, but what a pretty, pretty girl.

  • mebbe

    Not a fan of hers.  I think she has a (literal) wandering eye.  Watch for her in the tabloids, it’s like her stylist told her “ALWAYS look to the side.”  You can see it somewhat in photo four.  Glad she got away from that robot Cruise!  She does need a Girl’s  Night Out!

  • oatmealpie

    She looks like Victoria Grayson in the cover photo.

  • Larkin21

    Other than the cover, I think she looks fantastic. And there’s a hint of a smile in a few of those shots.

  • Jared Bieschke

    I may be tardy for this party, but am I the only one who think that she’s channeling some Victoria Greyson realness? Especially on the cover?  Eye makeup is heavy city, and I think it’s aging her, but she is stunning.

  • ccm800

    IS this what happens when the lip plumping wears off? Deflation? Hmm. She looks kinda arid doesn’t she? I’m going to invite her over and fill her up with olive oil laden pasta deliciousness.