Cover Girl: Jessica Chastain for W Magazine

Posted on December 12, 2012

Jessica Chastain graces the several covers of the January 2013 issue of W magazine and she apparently provided a perfect blank canvas in order for the stylists to have a little fun.

Art by George Condo. Photograph by Max Vadukul. Styled by Felicia Garcia- Rivera. Hair by Jimmy Paul for Bumble and bumble; makeup by Fulvia Farolfi for Chanel; manicure by Gina Viviano for Chanel. Fashion: Dress designed by George Condo, fabricated by Christy Rilling Studio.

Photograph by Rineke Dijkstra. Styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera. Hair by Renato Campora for Frédéric Fekkai at the Wall Group; makeup by Francelle Daly; manicure by Alicia Torello at the Wall Group. Fashion: Christopher Kane silk and PVC dress.

Art by Mickalene Thomas. Styled by Nina Ziefvert. Hair by Nikki Nelms; makeup by Vincent Oquendo for Dior at Tracey Mattingly; manicure by Lisa Logan for Nails Inc. Fashion: Versace leather-detail silk gown. Marina B 18k yellow gold and diamond bracelet.

Art by Chantal Joffe. Styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera. Hair by Jimmy Paul for Bumble and bumble; makeup by Fulvia Farolfi for Chanel; manicure by Gina Viviano for Chanel. Fashion: Calvin Klein Collection silk shantung dress.


She makes a good choice for an “Art Meets Fashion” theme, since she tends to do better in pictures the weirder the styling and themes get. We love that first cover and the third one makes us laugh. We hope that was the intent, because she looks a little ridic.


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  • FrayedMachine

    Oof. Is it weird that I love her face in the second one? Makes me feel like she should be in a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Dat Face.

    • Pinup Ghoul

       You could slice vegetables on those magnificent cheekbones on hers.

    • Cassie

      Not at all. She is absolutely stunning in that picture – I could just stare and stare all day.

    • kingderella

       i wish more magazine covers were like the 2nd one.

    • Deborah Lipp

       The second is my favorite; there’s a rawness that is exciting and beautiful.

  • Sobaika

    LOVE love love the first cover. She looks a little pissed off and in the second, though.

  • Pinup Ghoul

    I’m j’adoring the hell out of the first cover. The stylists really knocked it out of the park, and you can tell that they had an awesome time doing it.

  • Elena

    I kind of like the 3rd one. Her wig looks cute.

  • StellaZafella

    Her talent and willingness to take chances – coupled with her look – could mean she stands a very good chance of sustained success remaining relevant in an industry known for discarding people just because they grow older.

    She shows here a range for classic “model” beauty out to unconventionally lovely and including a bit of absurdity in the 3rd cover.

    • foodycatAlicia

       I think coming into the limelight when she is over 30 also gives her a bit more of a shot at longevity. Is that firt picture homage to that Bette Midler album cover, do you think?

      • StellaZafella

        Could be, either the first, “Divine Miss M” or the second album “Songs for the New Depression” wherein Midler paints a mustache on her own famous poster outside the Continental Baths…

        But I doubt any of these stylists listed here are old enough to be referencing that far back – except by coincidence.

        • foodycatAlicia

           Now that’s a depressing thought. God I am old. I was thinking Divine Miss M with the hair, of course.

          • StellaZafella

             Of course it’s the hair, Miss M once told Johnny Carson her curly mass had it’s own zip code…

            I don’t think of us as old, dear, I prefer to think of myself as “a delicious vintage, full bodied  – with a spicy after-taste”.

  • SpillinTea

    That first one is a Cover-WERQ!!!

  • A. W.

    The third picture could be Gwyneth Paltrow. The resemblance is uncanny.

  • TieDye64

    The first cover is all kinds of awesome. The others? No.

  • frappefest

    Check out the amazing work of photographer Rineke Dijkstra (second photo)! She’s made a really nice series of teenagers in swimwear on the beach – capturing the awkwardness of puberty. Type in her name in google images and you’ll find them!

    • formerlyAnon

      Thank-you for the reference. I love that photograph.

  • hughman

    The third pic almost looks like a Cindy Sherman photo. 

  • gabbilevy

    I love them all. The painted ones are clever and different, the coppery one is bold and funky, and… while I think her face looks beautiful in the 2nd one, that slouchy dress makes her look like she just hopped out of the shower.

  • Heather Galaxy

    All of these covers are awesome! I love both the Dijkstra and Thomas ones (2 & 3) especially. I am fascinated that W had 3/4 of the covers done by female artists that don’t have a name outside the art world. I am interested why people like the first one the best… I really don’t see much of Condo in that piece. It’s almost like he had something else planned, W rejected it, and they had some stylists help him. I could tell almost immediately who the other artists were just by looking at their images (granted I also know who these artists are and their work). 

  • PrunellaV

    Not crazy about the last painted one. She looks like one of those pig people on the Twilight Zone.

  • Ceur

    That first cover is so good I just can’t stop looking at it. It’s everything. It definitely opened my eyes to how boring 98 % of the magazine covers are – and how little it takes to make them more interesting. They can still keep the whole pretty woman in pretty dress with pretty hair and makeup thing, just add a little touch of art and originality please!

  • Imasewsure

    OK so I’m a culture-less boob, but I don’t like any of these. Probably was a fun shoot though…

  • Tanya Wade

    The first one is fan-damn-tastic. The others are a little head scratching, but still it’s something different. I am actually coming around to number two – I love the simplicity an plainness of her face. Very Sissy Spacek in Three Women, but with a PVC dress.

  • MarissaLG

    I love all of these! Very cool concept. 

  • Judy_J

    She’s damn near unrecognizable in that third cover!  Very interesting concept!

  • MilaXX

    I love her for this. i like it when celebs aren’t afraid to not be perfect

  • H3ff

    W Magazine consistently has the most interesting and beautiful fashion editorials. Kudos to all responsible. 

    Anyone remember the SWINTON shoot?*faints*

  • tresfabuleux

    I know the guy who did the makeup for the third cover. I dunno, maybe it’s because I like him, but I kind of enjoy the overall look. Love the first one, too.

  • AuntieAnonny

     Because of this blog, I finally gave in and bought a 1-year subscription to W a few days ago, this issue should be the first one I receive. Please god don’t send me the fourth cover. 

  • JimMcC

    Number 1 is incredibly lovely, but the starkness of #2 really makes me swoon. Just lovely. And THAT FACE!

  • Julie Parr

    She looks the best that she has ever looked in a photo with the purple eyeshadow in the third photo. You can really see how angular and lovely she is in that photo. I’m beginning to think that my opinion is always the *exact opposite* of TLo’s opinion. 

  • myristica_fragrans

    i really love the second cover. she’d look amazing if she dyed her hair a more intense red.

  • quiltrx

    I love the first one!

  • Esz

    I LOVE the first three – the third is ugly-ugly – and not interesting-ugly if you get my meaning

  • RzYoung

    I love Disco Jessica in the third! She should have that hair

  • decormaven

    The third one makes me think of Michelle P. in Scarface. Love that shade of red hair in first shot; very Grace Coddington.

  • neofashionista

    I think the artist who did this work was the same who did Victoria Greyson’s painting on Revenge
    He has amazing ability to make beautiful women ugly

  • a Studio by the Sea

    That fourth one doesn’t pass the bad garage sale test.

  • damla

    I don’t think the third cover is ugly at all – isn’t she supposed to be mimicking an artsy-disco-groupie-muse (you know the type) there; and isn’t the biggest point of all these covers (for her) is that she can be anything and everything?

    • Tom and Lorenzo

       We didn’t say it was ugly. We said it made us laugh.

      • damla

        My response was to some other commenters who said it was…

  • formerlyAnon

    LOVE the 2nd cover, the one where you feel you can see her real face. That girl has bone structure to die for.

    I find it by far the most compelling of the lot.

  • Thom

    She really reminds me of Grace Kelsey in that third cover (Chloe Dao’s model, PR season 2)!

  • Pamela H

    Why aren’t more people commenting on the fourth cover? What’s going on there? Is that even a real cover? They made a beautiful woman look like William Dafoe. It’s a crime!

  • Sara Hottman

    Love the first one. Perfect illustration of art meeting life. The others are pretty meh in comparison. 

  • Alexandra Simons

    In that second picture, she looks a lot like Sharon Needles. 

  • guest2visits

    I like the idea of the multiple takes; but I only like the first two images.

  • HobbitGirl

    Eek. That Joffe one…I’d sue. She looks like her face is melting.

  • Jessica Zipper

    I can’t help but think the second one looks like a mug shot.  Like she got really drunk on her wedding day and had to be arrested after attacking the photographer.