Emma Stone for W Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2013

Miss Emma gets a little Courtney Love going on, as she goes the dirty/sexy route for W.


Emma Stone covers the February 2013 issue of W magazine photographed by Juergen Teller and Styled by Zoe Bedeaux.


Marc Jacobs crinkled patent leather jacket, and bra.

Alexander McQueen silk organza bustier dress.

Balmain silk blend dress. Prism polyamide blend bikini top.

It’s all bare feet, bras, and the occasional princess dress. We don’t think this is much within her wheelhouse, but it’s fine if she wants to shoot for edgy every now and then. It’s something different for her, and that’s not a bad thing for a young actress to try. At least they didn’t go the smeared-mascara-and-tiara route.


[Photo Credit: Juergen Teller for W Magazine]

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    • Sobaika

      She looks like a Fanning and this shoot looks like kiddie porn.

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Exactly where my head went, too.  It’s like W found the third Fanning sister — and she’s pissed off.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

           I was thinking Britney redux

      • http://profiles.google.com/adj.blair Adriana Blair

        Yes on both observations, especially the middle shot with the bed in the background. Yikes!

        • http://twitter.com/JanelMessenger Janel Messenger

          Agreed! gah!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        The cheap motel setting is not helping either.

        • LLuL

           Agreed. Totally grossed out by the sad little girl in a cheap motel theme.

        • Nicholas

          It makes it look like a Russian documentary I really don’t have the stomach to watch.

      • MoHub

         “Kiddie porn” was my first reaction as well. So sad.

    • karenbttc

      Weird… Her bustier looks drawn on the same way Elizabeth Berkley’s looks in the VH-1 airings of Showgirls.

      • Paigealicious

         That’s exactly what I thought! It seems like it’s just sort of…floating in front of her chest.

      • kimmeister

        Hahaha do they really do that?

        • karenbttc

          Yup.. google VH-1 Showgirls :)

      • Call me Bee

        One of the best moments in TV movie-dom. 

    • lehen

      gross.  prostitute chic?  no.

    • MilaXX


    • Pants_are_a_must

      I literally went “Oh, REALLY?” at the cover photo alone. Just. Why. What happened to W lately? It’s been as bad as US Vogue as Interview as Esquire as GQ. Emma Stone, you have better PR than this.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      neither sexy nor particularly edgy, just rather…cringe inducing…and she looks so much better as a redhead…

      • judybrowni

        Yeah, I was gonna go see Gangster Squad for her red hair alone.

        Until I read the reviews…

        • Kimbolina

          She looks so good in the commercials for that.  I don’t want to actually have to spend money to see it though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

      Fugly.  Simply fugly

    • bookish

      Her makeup seems a lot different from what she usually wears, and it’s really changed the look of her face. I’m not quite sure what it is.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      This really doesn’t work. And the biggest reason is that she is not working with it at all, really. It’s as though she knows its not a good idea.

    • Paigealicious

      Uncle Terry wasn’t available to photograph?

      • kimmeister

        He appears to have sent his protege.

        • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

          Boy, isn’t that the truth?

      • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

        I actually double checked this to make sure he wasn’t the photographer.

    • l_c_ann

      Looking pitiful?  Or is it good that it will get her talked about?

    • snarkykitten

      there’s something really gross about this whole shoot.

    • Judy_S

      This is actually so banal it’s boring. 

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Definitely getting an icky-grody vibe off of these pictures. On the cover it looks like they photoshopped the bra onto her body (looks like it’s floating above)

    • annie_wonder


    • Kate4queen

      Too grainy and too bra-ey.

    • rloliveira

      She’s such a chameleon. She looks different every time I see her. Only to her advantage, I suppose, as an actress.

    • jilly_d

      She should sue for that cover photo.  Absolutely god-awful.  She is one of the most beautiful people on the planet and they managed to make her look like a meth head.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I love the last shot, she looks like a harlequin, like one of those harlequin paintings you would find in an old motel. 

    • afabulous50


    • StellaZafella

      Fighting past my first, prudish reaction to the apparent subject matter (Heroin chic was so late 70’s): When I look at the styling and then try to like the clothes…I still wouldn’t want them, even if I could afford them…so what’s the point?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      All I can think is, “bare feet on that disgusting carpet? ICK!”

    • mjude

      i don like & feel the need to wash my hands. 

    • mmc2315

      This has a strong ICK current running through it.  No likely.

    • Lily-Rygh

      Eww.  Now I feel like I need to take a shower.

    • Trisha26

      This editorial is beyond horrifying – getting a distinct pedophile vibe. Very, very disturbing. Overdone makeup would have helped and at least made her look of age. 

    • Anathema_Device

      This is so unimaginative. 

    • greyhoundgirl

      Victimizing, objectifying.  They didn’t have to make her look weak and captive.  

      • alyce1213

        This.  The whole thing makes me sad and angry, extremely uncomfortable.
        What were they thinking?

    • thecitysleeps

      I like the last one with the checked door but the first one with her in the corner is giving me sex slave vibes.  It’s slightly triggering.

    • Kayceed

      The little lost lamb routine is so trite.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The cover looks like she’s wearing a slightly modified censor bar. So not a good look.

    • poggi

      This doesn’t seem to do much for the clothes or for her.  I don’t care for it.

    • Ozski

      I concur! Looks like Emma is either getting Method and really nailed the ‘abused dirtbag runaway’ look or she is actually miserable with this shoot. Elisabeth Moss on the Red Carpet for her upcoming Sundance minseries donning a cute leather dress…can we see that as well, TLo? Just asking..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNWEFT2SVBX5T3NPMROQCT4U2U jennyv

      Blech, this looks like an American Apparel shoot after a meth bender. 

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      Looks more like Taryn Manning – or as Sobaika said, a Fanning. I get that she’s versatile blah blah blah but she looks so gorgeous when she’s doing cute & happy, and I don’t think her career is suffering from type-casting, so why try to mess with that?

    • Judy_J

      Her discomfiture shines through in every shot.

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

      She doesn’t look badass, she looks bored.

    • marilyn

      The last dress was well made:  The pattern was not disturbed by the shape of the dress.  True craftmanship.  If the pattern had not been matched, it  would have made us seasick to look at it.  Bravo!

    • Laylalola

      Something about the proportions are wildly, wrongly off in all but the last photo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RDEDI3ONWSVDQS5GXKKBIML3H4 Chase

      Given her resemblance to Lindsay Lohan, Emma really should stay away from cracked-out waif photoshoots.  She doesn’t want to make the visual association any closer than it already is.

    • susan6

      Ugh….”rode hard and put away wet (and unhappy)” is not a good look for anyone.

    • ojosazules

      She looks like a hungover newt. 

    • nannypoo

      Ick. She’s so much better than this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1594250515 Kim Brightman

      At least Terry Richardson didn’t shoot it.

    • decormaven

      What this has to do with the elevation of fashion, I cannot fathom. These pictures make me sad. I can see ugliness all day long. 

    • Nancy Dunn

      I hate this. Ugly and dirty looking.

    • girliecue

      This just breaks my heart. Why, Emma, why?!? If she really had to do the cheap and exploitatively sexy thing, I’d rather she went the cliched slutty look route than child sex trade. Ick.

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

      This is terrible.  What on earth was she thinking saying yes to this horrible horrible idea?

    • ThaliaMenninger

      She’s so much better than this.

    • littlemac8

      She’s toooo white.  She just looks sort of tired and cold.  Or maybe that’s because I’m tired and cold and projecting!!!

      • Pennymac

         Nope. You nailed it. Tired and cold. Wait, my commute home took an hour and forty five in the unplowed mountain roads of Appalachia. I’m tired and cold too.

    • Laure G

      She looks like a child that was kidnapped by a pedophile and forced to live with him as his pseudo-wife. Ergh, very creepy pictures.

      • pookiesmom

        YES!!! THIS!!! Especially in the third photo where she’s in front of the bed in the yellow dress. Soooooo creepy.

    • http://twitter.com/tangodiva Tanya Wade

      Who knew Kinderwhore would make a comeback? Esp. that McQueen dress. Squick.

    • JenJF

      Words cannot express how much I hate this.  Awful, awful, awful.  Emma Stone, you’re smart, talented, and gorgeous!  Now put your shirt back on and let’s all try to forget this ever happened. 

    • Rand Ortega

      I don’t get it. Who does this appeal to? Is this art? Is this edgy? All I see is cheap, drab & dirty. Certainly not putting contrasting elements together to highlight any allure.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      More dirty than sexy.  I don’t like it.

    • PaulaBerman

      I don’t like this shoot but I do miss the blonde, freckle-nosed, cute Emma Stone. I feel like her time as Mary Jane pulled her away from her “real” face for too long. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/theAccidentalHousewife Leah Elzinga

       that carpet made me throw up.  I can’t believe she let her skin touch that.

    • guest2visits

      She’s still too cute to equate with a Courtney Love look. 
      I agree with BK’s; she looks like one of the Fannings…  maybe she has the flu.

    • Jillaine13

      What a cheesy photo shoot.  You can hardly see the designer clothes but least her hair looks clean.  Very uninspiring.    

    • Elizabetta1022

      This gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Not edgy or chic–just sad.

    • alice20c

      Love her, but she’s not pulling that off.

      I can’t think of any actress under 30 that can pull it off. Maybe Kristin Stewart, but even though she’s dark, she’s still too controlled. None of them are unpredictable enough to be convincing. Even Linsey Lohan is too compliant, not enough fukyou. Not that I’m in any way a fan of Courtney Love, but when she was young she had something, and the first Hole album’s powerful. There’s a willingness to abandon vanity, status and civility for artistic discovery that I can’t imagine current stars achieving. They’re all so calculated and appropriate. It’s a bit depressing.

      • In_Stitches

         Maybe the teenage girl from Gossip Girl that said F off to Gossip Girl and joined a rock band with a bunch of 40 year old dudes? 

    • http://twitter.com/peacebang Victoria Weinstein

      I hate this so much. Bring me my beautiful, strong, lovely young woman back, STAT. What a crime to call this fashion. It’s just exploitation and creepy.

    • myristica_fragrans

      that cover is just awful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Sponge/100000465550991 Bob Sponge

      Emma, leave this cheap porn chick to Lindsey Lohan or someone else. You deserve better!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        THANK YOU! I was looking for those exact words. I hate, loathe and despise the need Hollywood has to make every new young star do a cheap porno looking “fashion” shoot. It’s like some vicious rite of passage.

    • quiltrx

      The missing Fanning sings ‘Doll Parts’!

    • RzYoung

      Now, I say this as someone who has a photography degree and used to live for photography…but these photos are Emperors New  Clothes if ever I saw them, what a pile of shit. It makes me sad. Pretentious and unoriginal. 

      Gosh I’ve woken up in a grump, sorry all!

    • kathrineb

      I hate grungy photo shoots like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Why on earth?

    • Melissa Brogan


    • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

      What’s with the obsessive need Hollywood has to humiliate its women like this? Is the concept of a successful young woman so threatening that she’s only acceptable if she sometimes dresses up as an abused child?

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

      Ick. This sort of concept just makes me feel kind of dirty. Wish Emma had passed on this one.

    • sweet_potato


    • peachy

      awful, just awful. she’s waaaay better than this trashy shit.

    • OneRing

      No. Just no.  I’m embarrassed for her. Awkward!

    • tereliz

      Eh. It’s boring and kind of depressing to me in a very dated, 90s CK1 kind of way. And that’s just my initial aesthetic response. My inner photographer is wondering why they used such harsh lights so that her gorgeous skin is practically obliterated into corpse flesh. Guess it keeps the post-processing work simpler, but egads, way to make a pretty girl look spun and strung out. I’m having a particularly harsh reaction to the second shot below the cover where she’s in the corner wearing a fancy blacksmithing apron. Is that a meant to be a romper? *shudders*

      Emma, honey, you can do better! 

    • ccm800

      awww is the little starlet sick of her ridiculously successful likeable pretty girl image already? 

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      She looks so delicate and wispy!

    • KQ67

      Well, now I know what Emma Stone looks like when she wakes up the morning.

    • http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/ kvlm

      Oh, for G-d’s sake no. No and no.  Leave this type of s*** to Marc Jacobs ads.  Works there, not here.  

    • lilazander

      Gosh! She has an amazing body, cuteso!

    • fringebenefit

      hate this!

    • AthenaJ

      Oh Emma, you didn’t need to do this :(