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 :(