COVER GIRL: Gwen Stefani for Vogue Magazine

Posted on December 18, 2012

Miss Gwen is ringing in the new year on the cover of Vogue, all sexy-matador-style.

Gwen Stefani covers the January 2013 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Annie Leibovitz in Saint Laurent Paris.

Saint Laurent Paris Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Julia Nobis (ELITE)

Saint Laurent Paris Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Julia Nobis (ELITE)


Who knew the gal could rock a look like that? Well, Vogue did, obviously. That gold jacket is insanely fabulous.


[Photo Credit: Anny Leibovitz for Vogue,]

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  • charlotte


  • alyce1213

    Is it me, or does her head look a little flattened out, kind of photoshop-distorted on the cover?
    The clothes are gorgeous; I adore the tuxedo jacket and vest.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      The cover shot does make her look like she has a very shallow brain pan.  I’m sure she doesn’t, but there it is.

      • Candigirl1968

        It looks like they flattened her hair to get the “G” in Vogue to show.  

    • MarTeaNi

      That is EXTREMELY poor typeface placement. This is what graphic designers are for!  Shouldn’t have kept the hat on her, I was seriously wondering if they chopping off half her skull.

    • Sobaika

      I’m not having trouble with her head, but with the expression on her face. She looks… Lost? Pained? Bored?

      The Vogue lettering over the hat is a really strange choice though.

    • AuntieAnonny

       That messed me up, too, especially since the type goes in front of the hat, and behind the head. Kind of messy page layout.

      • uprightcitizen

         You nailed it. Some graphic designer thought they had a clever solution … putting the title type between the hat and her head. But it just makes the hat look like it’s not a hat, and her head look like a portion of it is missing. Design FAIL. (I’m a graphic designer, and have art-directed magazines. I can see trying that out, but I can’t see not realizing that it didn’t work.)

        • Gayer Than Thou

          I didn’t even realize it was a hat.  That explains why it looks like she has such a tiny cranium.

        • formerlyAnon

           “I can’t see not realizing that it didn’t work.”

          I think this a lot looking at photo layouts. I know time is often a big issue, and I’m not knowledgeable enough to realize all the trade offs in play, but still.

  • Martel ET

    The lettering on the hat for the cover makes her head look oddly shaped.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Best she’s evah looked! Not over processed or over styled. Bravo to the team that put this together.

    • zuzu

       She’s even actually sitting on the piano, and not just photoshopped there — you can see her foot depressing the keys.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    She looks great..of course.. she’s Gwen Stefani. But is anyone else having trouble with the hat on the cover? It doesn’t read as ‘hat on her head.’ It reads as ‘black graphic on the cover.’  Perhaps it’s a personal depth perception problem I’m having.

  • k_wilson

    Maybe Vogue got inspired for the glam matador look from Gwen’s resemblence to Madonna.  Remember Take a Bow?

  • myristica_fragrans

    where’s the rest of her head?

  • Natalie Bryan

    Gosh, I’d kill for either of those jackets. I did just buy a sparkly tuxedo-type jacket, but I don’t think my Forever 21 one will make quite the same impact…

  • Pants_are_a_must

    But why is she sitting like a disco-matador spider?

    • anotherkate

       Darling, that’s how I always sit on my piano. Don’t you?

      • Pants_are_a_must

        I would like to visit your house.

  • Introspective

    im loving this. sleek and sexy and grown up (no extra skin flashing or infantilizing looks, which i love). and sparkly for the new year cover too. Hits all the right notes. 

    Gwen shows these girls how its done every time.

  • MilaXX

    Gwen  can really rock some clothes.

  • SewingSiren

    What happened to the top of her head?

  • ccinnc

    She looks amazing.

    (Does this mean I can finally pull from the back of my closet my multicolor sequined and beaded jacket from the early 1990s?)

    • formerlyAnon

       Yes we can. As long as we accept that we’ll be looking more like “spouse dressed for the big Corporate holiday formal” than like Ms. Gwen.

      • ccinnc

        Well, that’s depressing, unless I can lose a few lbs (and a few years) and rock it with skinny jeans and kick-ass shoes … :)

        • formerlyAnon

           You go!

  • Maria Smith

    Finally, a cool Vogue cover and then they mess it up by sticking the lettering between her head and her hat. 

  • DTLAFamilies

    It’s a great outfit but a terrible cover. Her head looks distorted and I really don’t want to see someone’s crotch practically dead center even if it’s covered by trousers.

    • kschwarting

      My thoughts exactly–the legs akimbo pose is putting me off, even as lovely as she looks.

  • xmixiex

    she’s my everything idol. 

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    She has an oddly cute face and a body shape that’s just plain odd, but she looks fabulous here.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    I would love a pair of pencil/cigarette type pants that fit like a dream.

  • Scarlet39

    Gwen is fabulous, but this cover is not.     American Vogue needs an overhaul STAT.

  • Depot'er

    am I the only one getting “souless” off these pics? all the charisma/personality of a mannequin, sorry Gwen- but I’ll pass.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    With that cover pose all I can see is Lluvy crouching in a tire. “Does that feel sexy to you?” Completely bizarre choice to put the title between her hair and her hat. It looks like part of her head is missing. Not crazy about the look, either. #VogueFail

  • Kate4queen

    Only Gwen could rock that… :)

  • Qitkat

    LOVE the matador style but cannot get behind a pose which makes the lovely Miss Stefani into a damn grasshopper. Or a frog on a lilypad.

  • kimmeister

    The shoes on the cover are just weird.  It’s as if she’s wearing eye patches on her ankles.

    I covet everything in the 2nd look though, especially that vest.  Now that’s a vest that belongs on us small-busted gals!

  • EditKitten

    I … just don’t like this. I think her hair is bad on the cover, and the hat makes everything flat. Sure, the jacket is gorge, but she’s done way better.

  • poggi

    The cover selection is odd, like others have mentioned.  I didn’t see the hat originally and thought they had squished her head.  But even now that I see the hat the cover still looks weird–she looks worried or anxious.  The inside picture looks great.  She looks fantastic in these outfits.

  • Imasewsure

    Amazing! Love the jacket of course but love that dark suit on her even more. I hope she keeps “aging” like this because she’s so much fun to look at!

  • renad

    I’m sorry, glorious jacket or no, I just can’t get beyond that weirdly pained expression. Like her thong is riding up her butt or someone’s waving a forbidden donut at her just outside the frame.

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  • Susan Collier

    Man, I can’t get over the illusion of that weird head shape on the cover. They butchered her!
    Did Anna Wintour review the cover layout on an iPhone?

  • formerlyAnon

    Thanks for this trickle of fab. Manna in the desert. Props to the stylist that improved upon the model’s scarf/tie.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    The clothes are epic, especially the jacket – but it took me an uncomfortably long moment to realize that was a hat.  Between the unfortunate pose and the foreshortening, they made a gorgeous woman remind me of a frog and now I can’t unsee it.

    Why that second shot wasn’t the cover, I’ll never know.

  • berkeleygirl

    Madonna, eat your heart out…

  • Judih1

    She is a style ICON – not Sienna Miller or that daughter of a rock star with the purple hair who recently received a style icon award. Can’t even remember her name – Kelly?

  • guest2visits

    Both looks are really great on Gwen.
    The open legged cover should probably look rude; but for some reason it doesn’t feel R-rated.

  • Anniebet

    Rather gorgeous, but, in the first picture, doesn’t the top of her head look, well…abbreviated a bit? I doubt our Gwennie’s locks are that thin on top.

  • KatieKissinger

    love!  the gold jacket is especially fabulous, the only thing not working for me is the hat on the cover

  • quiltrx

    Great looks.  I love Gwen, but I keep picturing Florence Welch in this stuff!

  • BrooklynBomber

    LOVE these looks.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    for the longest time i thought the hat in the cover shot was actually a hole in the wall behind her, and that Vogue had done some seriously weird photoshopping on her head… now that i see they didn’t, she looks fabulous!

    • Anniebet

      Whew, I’m glad you pointed that out. I’d failed to see the hat as well.

  • AmeliaEve

    In both cases I think she carries the outfit better than the model. It doesn’t hurt that the Vogue stylist gets something really amazing out of those pussy bows. The proportions and layering of the scarves makes them much more interesting and flattering than they have a right to be.

  • Candigirl1968

    I love that it isn’t the standard cover.  The jacket is only matched by the shoes in terms of absolute awesomeness.

  • marshmallowjane

    I think Gwen makes clothes look better; however, I do not like this trend in pointy shoulders.