Cover Girl: Adele for ELLE Magazine

Posted on April 10, 2013

Miss Lady is serving up DIVA MAGNIFICA Dusty Springfield realness.


Adele covers the May 2013 issue of ELLE magazine in a vintage Alberta Ferretti lace dress photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joe Zee.

SERVING. Peasants are asked to bow down.

We are reminded of the sage words of that wise philosopher, and Adele’s fellow country-woman, Edina Monsoon:

“It’s these cheekbones, darling. My whole body just hangs off these cheekbones.”


[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE]

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  • gabbilevy

    Thrilled we get to see more of her than neck up. She looks gorgeous.

    • Sobaika

      You mean you don’t like zoomed in shots that are only hair, cheeks, and eyes?

      • gabbilevy

        That’s exactly what I mean. All those ‘big girl’ shots she gets.

      • MilaXX

        you mean the usual “big girl” photo?

    • annabelle archer

      I don’t mean to be argumentative, but it’s not like they did a full on body shot of her. The angles, the lighting, it’s still quite a bit of camouflaging. She looks stunning, to be sure, but they haven’t wowed me with their “boldness”.

      • gabbilevy

        Oh believe me, I know. Baby steps. (And there may be more to the editorial, I’d be surprised if there was only one image inside for the cover story)

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    Porcelain face!! Amzing singer also!

  • Denise Alden

    God, I want cheekbones just to say that!

  • Chickadeep

    Is it possible to earn a WERQ for the face alone? Because she’s doing that right there. So gorgeous.

    • musicandmochi

      Very much agreed. I love her to death.

      However, I am SICK of them putting her in lace and just generally obscuring her body and face.

      She’s wearing clothes well within her comfort zone, and while I’m not saying every girl in a magazine should be wearing couture, I do think Elle missed a golden opportunity to do something different with Adele’s style. More curves should not equal less fashion! Blah.

  • WendyD

    What is it with the Brits and their cheekbones?!

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      It’s their revenge for all of the jokes we Yanks have made about their dental hygiene.

  • Laylalola

    It just does not seem possible Adele and Taylor Swift are the same age — their music, their lyrics, their looks, etc.

    • Donna Tabor

      …their vastly different levels of talent.

      • Kicky

        Taylor Swift can actually compose music. Adele mostly writes trite lyrics over a hack songwriter’s music. Swift’s lyrics are pretty lacking, but she knows how to write a good hook and melody. When Swift co-writes a song, you can tell she actually worked on the music, unlike Adele. I don’t particularly like either of them, but I think people are seriously overestimating Adele’s abilities and underestimating Swift’s because Adele’s persona is more appealing.

        • Loola234

          I don’t think it is just her persona is more appealing – I’d say Adele’s voice is significantly better than Taylor’s.

          • Stella Zawistowski

            THIS, so much this. I find Swift’s voice to be so reedy and insipid. Adele, on the other hand, can belt like nobody’s business.

          • Kicky

            Taylor Swift can’t sing at all. I suspect Adele won’t be able to belt much at all 10 years from at the rate she’s going, She has terrible technique and smokes like a chimney. I don’t understand how someone can basically throw away a gift like that through sheer laziness and habit.

          • Kicky

            I hope no one thinks I’m taking this too seriously. I generally never think about Adele or Taylor Swift unless i’m stuck with someone who makes me listen to them.

            I do think it’s hilarious that the first time I’ve ever had a comment receive negative votes was because I don’t like Adele and defended Taylor Swift. Who knew Adele would make me so annoying?

        • Maryanne525

          I was out with a friend here in Nashville who works in the music industry. While we were having a beer, I had the privilege of meeting a friend of her’s…Taylor Swift’s ghost writer.

          ETA: That’s not to say that she doesn’t write plenty of her own music – I just think it’s important to point out that she has plenty of help writing “a good hook and melody.” I’m personally not a fan, but I will say that she has branded herself extremely well.

          • Kicky

            If that’s the case, I hope he/she’s making a fortune. Whoever is writing Taylor Swift’s music, be it Taylor herself or an anonymous internet poster’s acquaintance, is a much better songwriter than Adele.

          • Maryanne525

            Wow, I couldn’t disagree more. And that’s cool, because we’re all entitled to our own opinions, I guess I just don’t get the excitement behind Swift. “You be the prince and I’ll be the princess, it’s a love story baby just say yes”, isn’t that profound to me. (And to clarify: I’m NOT saying Adele doesn’t have help, or that it isn’t common to have people writing with you. I just personally think Adele’s talent is miles past Taylor’s. But again – to each their own!)

          • Kicky

            I don’t actually like Taylor Swift at all. I just think the constant “Adele is so much better than her!” refrain is a little annoying. I actually really love pop music, in addition to other “serious” music, I just find Adele really boring. I think it’s a little weird that she gets so much more credit for her work than other female pop stars. I also think it’s strange that she gets away with idiotic comments that her contemporaries would get raked over the coals for. Imagine if Taylor Swift had said she didn’t want a daughter because girls are bitches, or that she shouldn’t have to pay taxes for services she doesn’t need, like transportation or health care? Adele has said both of those things and no one seems to hold it against.

          • filmcricket

            Well I’m guessing a lot of Americans wouldn’t hold that last part against her, at least, because those aren’t exactly uncommon opinions stateside.

          • Sally Brownson

            Um… what? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think either of them have particularly inspired lyrics, but whoever writes Adele’s music at least understands that writing her Motown-style songs is a great idea.

          • Kicky

            Adele’s label and team were just latching onto the blue-eyed soul trend.

          • Kicky

            My point is that Adele has as much, if not more, help “writing” her music, and yet seems to get more credit than other young female popstars who have songwriting credits. Adele has a hell of a marketing machine behind her success, just like Swift, Gaga, Beyonce, etc…

        • demidaemon

          Like “We will never, ever get back together” is truly inspired writing.

          • Kicky

            It’s more sophisticated musically than “Someone Like You”. I think the lyrics of both of those songs are pretty bad.

          • Donna Tabor

            All of Taylor Swift’s tunes sound the same to me.

          • Amelia Logan

            Well that’s because Max Martin produced it.

        • Carolyn Wilson

          Adele doesn’t need auto tune. Have you heard Taylor Swift live?

          • Amelia Logan

            Everyone in pop music uses voice correction now even adele.

          • demidaemon

            Maybe in recording, but not necessarily live (depends on lipsynching or not). Anyways, to the comment above, I think–though I have not confirmed it–that “Someone Like You” may be a cover. But don’t quote me on that.

            Also, musical sophistication or not (and there are some Taylor Swift song’s worth listening to, so I’m not just bagging on her for shits and giggles), if I had the choice, I would always put my own money towards Adele, whether for a CD, a single, or a concert. And that’s what really matters in the end, correct?

    • andcoh

      Carly Rae Jepsen, of “Call Me Maybe” is older than both of them.

  • hughman

    It all looks so BRITISH! I had to doublecheck to see if it was English Elle (is there an English Elle? well there should be).

    • Corsetmaker

      There’s UK Elle, yes. Not an English one. :)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Body shot! Flattering AND mildly photoshopped! She looks like herself! BLESS THESE SHOTS.

  • thecitysleeps

    Perfection. And her attitude is amazing.

  • AndresB

    “Quiet please, there’s a lady on stage…” Dusty realness? Absolutely.
    And these two portraits are here to stay: Instant classics, a quality which has become woefully rare in editorial photography these days.

  • snarkykitten

    I love magazines. “gorgeous hair!” they shout over an image of a woman that clearly had someone else do her hair.

    regardless, Adele looks flawless.

  • PeaceBang

    The expression on her face just does me in. What a glorious woman.

  • Rhonda Shore

    She looks so lovely!

  • annabelle archer

    My mom’s best friend is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever known in real life. Pictures of her from the late 60s and early 70s, she looks EXACTLY like Adele. I adore the fact that it feels like she came here to us right out of a time machine. Legitimately though, not in a manufactured cough-Lana Del Ray-cough way.

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  • MarissaLG

    She looks fantastic, but I’m really over them using shadows to hide her face. I’m glad they didn’t do it on the cover (even if it is photoshopped). We all know she’s a big girl- don’t hide her beautiful face! Overall though, these shots are stunning.

  • Synnamin

    I love her so, so much. Real woman, with an amazing voice and attitude, and those cheekbones and that chin – fabulous!

  • MilaXX

    Gorgeous! and of all the celebs I’d like to have a cup of coffee and dish the dirt, Adele has to be the one I’d like to hang out with the most.

    • Whever

      SAME. Oh my word, her response when they asked her if she’d like to be a Bond girl? Priceless.

    • annabelle archer

      ^ this ^

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Irish coffee even better.

  • flamingoNW

    I’d like Adele and Jennifer Lawrence to be my BFFs, They just seem so cool and quirky and refreshingly straightforward.

    And yeah, that’s quite a face. She’s stunning.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    I’m pretty sick of her black dresses, but her face is gorgeous.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    My god that woman is stunning.

  • Maryanne525

    My peasant self is BOWING. She is amazing.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Adele is stunningly beautiful and such a voice she has! I wish she could find a stylist who she would be willing to work with — she too often defaults to matronly looks and she shouldn’t. She is ADELE by god and she should be stomping around in earth in fierce clothes!

    • Melanie

      Perhaps, in her eyes, she already does. Why does she have to change because others think she looks matronly?

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love her far too much for someone who’s never actually met her.

  • RebeccaKW

    She is so gorgeous. And I love it when she wears her hair like this rather than the big “Miss Yvonne” thing we see so often.

  • Bert Keeter

    She’s the most “real beauty” of our time! Somehow I don’t think ADELE believes in peasants?

  • marlie

    She’s just gorgeous.

  • filmcricket

    Are these old photographs? Or did they just have her dig out an old wig? She hasn’t worn her hair like that in a while, IIRC.

    Anyway, she looks beautiful. Would love her to be part of my “have a pint” posse.

  • jw_ny

    the black lace schtick is getting real old with her tho…

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Is that a squirrel tale on her shoulder? She looks very pretty other than that.

  • decormaven

    Gorgeous photos. If you want to see talent in action, look up her Tiny Desk Concert on NPR’s All Songs Considered. That’s a honest-to-God voice, people.

    • capybara_cafe

      Thanks for the recommendation, that was amazing. Too bad all singers don’t sound that amazing live. *goosebumps*

  • l_c_ann

    A jealous Joan Rivers just went in for another face lift.

  • Tanya Wade

    My favorite quote ever from Eddie. Bless that FACE.

  • ellabob

    Love Adele.. her music, personality, talent, humor etc…. Swift must have a fabulous agent and promoter – lacks talent and personality…

    • capybara_cafe

      The Cover Girl ads she (Swift) does make me change the channel every time. Why use someone who squints so much to sell eye make up? And her speaking voice makes me want to ram a sharp implement through my eardrums.

  • alyce1213

    Beautiful lighting (and filtering), gorgeous photographs of a remarkable face.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    Yes child. WERQ.

  • capybara_cafe

    I adore her. She is amazing, talented, beautiful, and these are great shots. But even I am getting a little sick of the black lace. *sigh*

  • formerlyAnon

    Cheekbones, yes. But hair, makeup and whomever was the coordinating stylist did an amazing job.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I just don’t like her, so I’ll pass on the commentary.

  • nannypoo

    Now this is a beautiful woman.

  • CarolinLA

    They made her look like Winona Judd.

  • SewingSiren

    Serious chopping. Look at the size of her left arm!

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    Now THAT’s a magazine cover. What a great shot.

  • julnyes

    Is there some weird additive in the water around the British Isles that breeds heavenly cheekbones? Natural selection?

  • acevedob

    Yes! Thank you for mentioning AbFab..thank you!!

  • Gotham Tomato

    She is the Real Deal in an industry full of pretenders. Attention must be paid!