Cover Girl: Cameron Diaz for ELLE UK

Posted on November 06, 2012

Cameron Diaz looks very pretty and lady like on the covers of ELLE UK.

Cameron Diaz covers the December 2012 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by David Slijper and styled by Leith Clark.


Chanel Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Sigrid Agren (ELITE)

Christian Dior Resort 2013 Collection/Model: Hanna Wahmer (VIVA)


Which is good, because apparently she’s a tragic slut who needs to answer for her un-lady-like choices:

On why she never married:
“[Marriage] just wasn’t the thing I was drawn to. I certainly didn’t want it in my 20s. Or my 30s.”

On the possibility of having children:
“I don’t need to have the children in my life be a part of my literal flesh. And anyway, there’s still a possibility of that, I ain’t that old. I’m feeling very … capable.”

Sorry. We’re cranky. It’s just that no one ever asks male stars in their forties these questions. Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like George Clooney are charming rogues. Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz are tragic cautionary tales.



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  • egl48

    Thank you!

  • geans

    This tragic slut loves you guys. So much. And she looks so pretty in the pink dress. Both, really.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, THAT is how you do Barbie pink!

  • nannypoo

    I usually hate her hair, but I like it here.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    This whole thing reeks of damage control because of her disastrous Esquire UK spread. “Hey, you guys! I’m pretty and feminine and I wear Chanel!”


  • Anathema_Device

    Sing it, brothers T Lo.

  • quiltrx

    Love both dresses but neither on her.  More modern, sleek styles suit her better.  (Though I hate her, so I don’t really care what she wears.)

    And those questions are HORRIBLE.  I guess Elle thinks their readers want to read sexist, old fashioned crap?

    • Aurumgirl

       Elle is one of the world’s largest purveyors of sexist, old fashioned crap–but they’re certainly not alone among magazines.  And they ask it of every woman in their radar, politicians don’t escape this either. 

  • Pamela

    George is 51.  But I agree with your crankiness-ess.  Like when an interviewer asked the cast of “The Avengers” existential questions about their character, etc. and then asked ScarJo what her diet preparation was fpr fitting into her costume.  And she called them on it, too-good girl!

    • teensmom99

      Was going to point out that George is 50-something.  Otherwise agree 100% with everrthing TLo said.

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      “George is 51”

      He didn’t become famous in the last two years.

      • Emma

        I’ve been to press conferences with George Clooney and he’s actually
        asked constantly by (other) journalists about marriage and children. By
        the time the fifth reporter during the “Burn After Reading” press
        conference in Venice in 2008 asked “George, when are you getting
        married?”, he only replied: “Tomorrow. Next”. 

        • filmcricket

          Yeah, he does actually get it relatively often, for a guy. At the presser for The Descendants, someone asked him about his love life and he said “What’s your name? Okay, So-and-so, we’re all a little disappointed in you.”

          Jon Hamm’s another one who seems to get the question from time to time, although those ones occasionally veer into “When are you gonna make an honest woman of Jennifer Westfeldt?” which is just the ickiest of all.

          • RebeccaKW

             Sometimes, with George, I feel like it’s more ‘is THIS the woman who will convince him to marry?’  Not so much that people think he should marry, but which woman will ‘win.’  I don’t like that any better; it’s back to a woman can’t date w/o scheming to get a ring on her finger.

        • AnaRoW

          Several years ago Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer both bet him something like 10K that he’d be married with children by the time he was forty.  Since it was made public knowledge, the media feels compelled to check in now and again to see if he’s changed his mind.  Jon Hamm’s also made it clear he and Jennifer are not in a rush to get married and have kids.  My point is that they’re not being asked simply because they’re single and male but because it’s been made an “issue”.

    • Patricia Gillett

      Good job, ScarJo. 

  • Funkykatt

    Those dresses are tragic

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Didn’t she have to answer these same questions in the truly slutty magazine spread she was in last month? It gets a bit old, as this tragic slut knows. Anyways, she looks just gorgeous when she’s being classy. 

    •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      They are the exact same questions AND answers, It’s word for word the same interview!

      • Kayceed

        I noticed too – was wondering if the magazines have the same ownership, and they are just recycling content?

  • jmw1122

    THANK YOU. I dream of the day when the reproductive choices of women in general and ladystars in particular are no longer considered open topics for questioning or debate. Men almost never have to justify or defend their choice to not have children. Women? Almost always.

    • Kayceed

      I always assume the “journalist” has a rather limited grasp of what constitutes interesting interview questions.

    • DeborahJozayt

      It can’t come soon enough!

    • formerlyAnon

       I think it’s more likely that any societal evolution will mean that men & women in the “lighter” professions (entertainment, in this case) will BOTH be asked questions about their reproductive choices.  Most people follow these folks in a gossipy way, wanting to know about their diets and what they eat for breakfast.  It’s not like people who follow, say, Madeleine Albright or Condoleeza Rice – there certainly is some gossipy prurient interest, but anyone who really follows them is more interested, usually, in their thoughts on professional matters.a

      In other words, I think our best hope for evolution in this bailiwick is de-evolution.

      • Little_Olive

        But they are both (MA and CR) past their fertile age, so I am not sure whether the comparison is fair. 

        Anyway, I see your point that women in politics may have it different, but aren’t they also qualified as “masculine”? or something to the effect that you are either a feminine mother or a corporate/politics bitch. And there is always some judgement -starting with the assumption that you must be a tough one- if you are not married and have kids by a certain age.

        • frederieke

          Someone asked Hilary Clinton who was her favourite clothing designer and she said “Would you ask a man that question?” 
          They still care a bit about superficial things when it comes to women politicians

  • Patricia Gillett

    Thank you! Even though it’s 2012 on my calendar, we still talk to high-profile women as if it were 1750. 

    • twocee

      Sadly, it’s ALL women.  I’m certainly not a high-profile anything but I still get the questions of when are you and X going to finally get married and are you going to ever have kids.

      • DeborahJozayt

        And heaven forbid if you say “We’re not planning on having kids.” They don’t attack my husband, they attack me as if I’m the one putting on the chastity belt. Then you almost always have to explain why, and no reason is ever good enough.

      • Little_Olive

        Ugh, I’ve had some of my favorite aunts, with their best intentions, say “but you are so pretty and smart, what is going on with you that you are still single”? Hmm

      • Erin Nice

        I get that all the time too, as though our life together is somehow incomplete until we “FINALLY get MARRIED.” 

  • teensmom99

    Who recently wore a version of the white and red Chanel?  Was it Tay tay?
    Both are great outfits and for a lady who never got married, Cameron wears ’em well :)

    • kimmeister

      It was Emma Stone, in a post from June 29.

      • teensmom99

        Ah but of course.  

  • Kiltdntiltd

    I applaud her for not marrying or having children, just to fulfill some societal norm.  And she looks terrific here, even in that highly questionable Chanel.

  • greymain

    amen sistas!

  • galcurly


  • Mexxoo

    Justin just married Jessica.  In spite of all her denials of wanting to be married, you can put this cover right next to the Justin/Jessica cover of People magazine, and whole story will be told! 

  • Renee Bender

    Preach, TLo! 

  • BrooklynBomber

    Bravo, TLo!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Tragic Slut sounds like a good name for a band.

    • LaVonne Ellis

      It does! Someone jump on that right away. Er… I mean DO that — I mean… oh, never mind.

  • jennyv

    Poor thing, that’s bullshit that she’s getting asked these ridiculous questions in every fucking interview. At least they didn’t insult her further by shoving her into lingerie on top of it to show that “she’s still hot”!! Grrr.

  • Cindy Bartlett Zigler

    You said it guys! I agree with you 100%!  She looks very pretty on the cover and the pink dress.

  • NCDFan

    These questions are not limited to 40 something stars. I have always been surprised by the number of people who felt free to question my reproductive choices when I was a young engineer. Then once I had children, the number of people who felt free to ask why I wasn’t a stay-at-home mom. I guess these are the people who read magazines like Elle

    • Elizabeth

      People just like to judge women, it seems, much more so than men. If you’re not married, they are wondering why you’re not married. Once you’re married, they’re wondering when you’re going to have kids. If you have kids, they question everything from how you choose to feed your baby to your childcare options to your work schedule. All the while, making judgements about your appearance, because you must manage to look fuckable no matter what stage of life or career you’re navigating.

      I’m not saying men aren’t also judged in such ways, but I just don’t think it happens to the extent that women endure, whether you’re famous or just Jane Doe trying to get through your life.

      • Tatiana Luján

        and fuckable equals “young” in the mind of those people.

    • kimmeister

      In college, when one guy found out I didn’t want to have children, he flipped out and said, “People like you are supposed to breed!”  Pffft.  I ain’t no breeder.

      • DeborahJozayt

        It takes 2 to tango, and both have to agree to dance. 

      • Donna Tabor

         What an offensive comment. I’d of slapped the idiot.

  • gsk241

    TLo said, “Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like George Clooney are charming
    rogues. Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like Jennifer Aniston and
    Cameron Diaz are tragic cautionary tales.”

    Kinda like in real life.

    • Tamara Hogan

       ChildFREE, gentlemen. ChildFREE.

  • Jane Donuts


  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I have always found it to be in very bad taste to question someone about having children.  If they bring up the subject, fine, discuss.  But otherwise, it’s nobody’s business.

  • Jamie M.


  • Little_Olive

    She looks a tad drunk on the cover.

    The hot pink makes her look old(er). 

    She said the exact same things on that dreadful interview with the Terry Richardson shoot, didn’t she? I’ll give her the credit of thinking they just reused the interview part. 

  • A B

    She looks much better in the cover dress than the crazed, pink haired, Louise Brooksbot model does.  Those shoes the second model (in the red pouffy skirt) is wearing look painful!

  • NurseEllen

    Amen, brothers, amen.  Keep calling ’em as you see ’em.

  • MilaXX

    You’re not being cranky. Unfortunately many of us non celeb females also face those questions far too often. In my earlier & more bitter post cancer years I used to point blank tell them I couldn’t bear children thanks to cancer just to see the look of horror on their faces. Now I’m a bit kinder, but it’s still a rude question to ask.

    • twocee


    • formerlyAnon

       Honestly? Good for you. I preach kindness a lot (and try to practice) since we’re all of us basically so unpredictably fragile. But I do think there are some questions people just have to learn aren’t really their business. And I say this as someone who’s asked/said plenty of inappropriate things in my time.

  • Amy

    I agree TLo! There is nothing that says every woman must wed and procreate. Even if she is a celeb.

  • Candigirl1968

    It is tiresome. 
    And maybe I’m cranky too, but I don’t love either cover.

  • mjude

    right on the money TLO!

  • fringebenefit

    Love you, TLo. As I so often say when I read your posts: EXACTLY!!!!

  • hmariec19

    Hell, I’m 26 and members of my extended family are already asking when I’m going to pop one out.

  • Lauren Lynch Fox

    Great commentary guys, you are right on the money. The questions are down right rude. She looks great by the way. Great genes!

  • Contralto

    oh, for crap’s sake.  Asking someone when they plan to have children is just tacky.   I recommend a number of responses.

    1.  Stare blankly  (suitable for any occasion)
    2.  Burst into tears (particularly effective when used on straight men)
    3.  ‘Did the phone just ring?’ (suitable for any occastion)
    4.  ‘Why are you asking about my sex life?’ (particularly effective when you know a person is shocked easily)

    Oh, and Cameron looks lovely.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I always say “My vagina looks great just the way it is.” Works every time.

    • Kimmu

      My response generally goes “You know how some animals just devour their young?”and then I explain that I am 100% childfree and completely happy with my choice and how awful it is that they must not be to keep harping on other people about their personal choices.

  • Shannon Stewart

    I have seen Clooney asked about marriage.  But why should anyone be asked?  For one thing, if you don’t want children, I beg of you, please don’t have them.  It’s ludicrious that people are pressured into this.

  • Qitkat

    Cammie looks really pretty here. Lovely dresses.

    I wrote a long rant, and erased it. These kinds of interviews are worthless with their trite, repetitive, shallow, moronic, uninspired questions. The truth is that the mentality from centuries past, continues, that these women are old maids, although no one would dare to say it aloud. That in 2012, complete strangers (read between the lines here) think it is their business what a woman might or might not do with her uterus, is appalling, and galling.

    Get off my lawn, and stay out of my uterus.

  • aquamarine17

    I wish high-profile women could figure out a way of saying something about privacy during the interview and make the interviewer move on. It’s hard to think of what they could say politely without the interviewer then making a judgement about them, like for example, saying she is bitter or something. I think the best answer is a question that leaves the interviewer no choice but to move on. Once I had someone come to my house to buy a carpet I was selling on CL, a complete stranger, and he asked me why I didn’t have any children. 

  • sleah_in_norcal

    i’m not liking the hair here.  it’s so thin and wispy in the first shot, and she’s looking all coy and hiding behind her hair in both.  kind of an inane look.  the pink is lovely on her, though.

  • Joyce VG

    Wow Photoshop is a miracle cure for Cameron Diaz. 

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    TLo said: “Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like George Clooney are charming rogues. Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz are tragic cautionary tales.”

    Ain’t it the truth.  Ladystars of a certain age are routinely treated as somehow they are tragic/selfish/incomplete because they don’t have chidlren.

  • decormaven

    It’s going to take a lot more than pink, white & pretty to wash the effects of those last photos from my psyche. Her PR strategy has done her no favors. 

  • Deitra S.


  • jonnyf8

    Such an improvement over that yellow thing she had on the other day. 

  • Donna Tabor

    What everyone else said about the questions. WTF? And having a child in one’s 40’s is not necessarily right for everyone, by the way.

    She does look gorgeous in the pictures. Love the intense colors on her. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Good call that the irritant is that they apparently don’t think to ask the elder boys these questions [or the boys feel no obligation to answer, and are not pressured to do so.]

    Because, frankly, I think Elle readers would actually kind of like to hear George Clooney, et al.’s answers to the same questions. Why not get the full spectrum of canned answers to dopey questions if they (we) are reading the interview in the first place?
    It’s the rare-to-nonexistent interview that isn’t more on the “gossipy lifestyle” end of the spectrum rather than the “introspective examination of your craft and what drives you” end.

    They picked interesting and pretty dresses to put her in.

  • gg80302

    Cameron needs her own sporty, tragic slut doll. I will buy it.

  • chylde

    I’m a childless close to 50 something and PROUD. I prefer my doggy and kitties to snot nosed kids any day.

  • renad

    She’s looking softer in the face than she has in a long time. But I’ve always loved her for being such a grrrrl, husband and kids be damned.

  • marilyn

    She looks like a drunk prom atendee.  Really.

  • altalinda


  • unbornfawn

    Thank you for pointing out the sexism. I’m glad to see a few female rouges!  Although, I think messy hair and your hands in your crotch aren’t exactly ladylike. 

  • PrunellaV

    The sexism — it burns! She looks lovely, though.

  • granddelusion

    Unmarried, childless 40-somethings like George Clooney are douche bags who are unable-to-commit-man-boys.

  • foodycatAlicia

    aWOOOGA aWOOOOGA IRRATIONAL HATE ALARM. I am loathing Cammy today because she’s in that Coen brothers movie with Alan Rickman and Colin Firth and she is TOTALLY unworthy.

    But yeah, completely facile, and sexist, line of questioning.

  • Trisha26

    Why is the hem raw on the white dress? If that’s “fashion” I don’t want it.

  • Renate Yerkes

    She’s in her 40s?! Wow! what a cute little babyface she’s got! like, 20s for sure.

  • PhillipWilde

    She looks like Dianna Agron in these shots.

  • kvlm

    She looks SO much better covered up!!  A huge departure from her last photo, um, spread.  Love it.