Cover Girl: Miley Cyrus for ELLE UK

Posted on April 30, 2013

We don’t know, you guys. We can’t quite put our collective finger on why this styling isn’t appealing to us.


Miley Cyrus covers the June 2013 issue of ELLE UK magazine in a Lanvin jacket photographed by Jan Welters.


Lanvin Spring 2013 Collection

Fausto Puglisi Spring 2013 Collection

Certainly all the skin is perfectly within Miley’s wheelhouse, but we don’t feel like any of these looks actually flatter her all that much. That Fausto Puglisi just looks downright bad on her.

Miley’s something of a Barbie doll and there’s a lot you can do with her looks from a style perspective, but it feels like either Vanessa Hudgens or Gwen Stefani should be wearing these outfits. And when you think about it, neither Vanessa or Gwen are what we’d call close to Miley’s style and they’re continents apart from each other. Maybe that’s why this isn’t much working for us.

Yes, yes. We’re overthinking it, kittens. We know.
[Photo Credit: Jan Welters for ELLE UK,,]

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  • Julie Chase

    The cover gives her phantom boobs.

  • kvlm

    Susan Powter.

    • jennifervney


    • MK03

      Beat me to it.

  • VicD

    Jeweled ladyparts.

  • In_Stitches

    I agree entirely on the clothes, but her face has never looked better.

  • commish24

    The shiny face reflecting the leather isn’t working for me either. It’s all too artificial in a bad way.

  • flamingoNW

    She’s a terrible model

    • Amelia Logan

      That’s what I was thinking. she has no idea what she’s doing.

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    looking like bieber in drag, no?

    • Sara L.

      Bieber looks like Bieber in drag.

      • DebbieLovesShoes


    • Kate

      This is what I call the “I like the ladies” Miley

  • Lily

    That Puglisi look AWFUL on her. It’s like she’s an advert for the knock-off clubwear warehouse down the street.

    • Sarah

      In fairness, it looks like that on the model, too. It’s just hella trashy.

  • Stacy Parker Cole

    It’s the dreadful hair color. ALL Wrong for her coloring.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    it doesn’t work because she’s not selling it. Her poses are a bit too structured and obvious. The haircut agrees with her face. From the neck up she’s gorgeous.

  • joancarol

    She seems sexless.

    • EveEve

      She seems witless.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I am surprised you didn’t pull quotes from the interview and mercilessly mock her. I was kind of looking forward to that. (For example: A star is someone who doesn’t have to take her clothes off to be sexy because you naturally have star power. Sex does sell, but you have to find a way that’s not just showing your tits,” she says. “I don’t want to be a glorified model. They just walk on stage and it’s all about their clothes — or lack of clothes.)

    • Sarah

      HA! Then quit making me look at yer damn sternum all the frikkin’ time, missy. She seems to think chesticles = sexy, so methinks our girl is a hypocrite.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Yes, I see she is doing none of that here. No tits at all………….

  • MilaXX

    I just don’t think they are very flattering pictures. Miley’s no model so we’re not gonna get any smize from her. It’s the same face in every shot and the clothes with no accessories or even interesting backdrops. The only picture I sort of like is the last one, and that’s not more than a “meh” level of like.

    • JDreesen

      what do you call it if she is smizing with her mouth? not smiling…that’s already a thing….miling? she’s miling. close your mouth dear; you might eat a bug.

  • l_c_ann

    Entry for uck photoshop of the year: 2nd photo, her right arm pit.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      that solid black line is the top of a tattoo she has on her side, not an extra pit crease.

  • bxbourgie

    It’s not working for T and Lo because this photo shoot is the very essence of Trying Too Hard.

    • Ms. Schmidt

      I agree, it is trying too hard. Also, she’s going for edgy here (and really, with her whole, um, style evolution) and I get why she’d want to do that. I mean, who wants to be Hannah Montana all their life? Still, she doesn’t do edgy well. It’s not that she looks uncomfortable with that type of style, it’s more like it’s not a good fit for her and therefore just looks off.

      • demidaemon

        I think she’s more hippie than edgy. All of these looks lack volume and are tacky.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The cover shot has the most badly photoshopped boobs I’ve seen in a while.

    The styling got her harder edge all wrong. I just don’t think she’s Sporty Spice, you know?

  • stubbornthoughts

    Dead eyes, much? There’s only so much you can do with a tilted chin and framing hands. I wish that dress was in a better color, I think the shape of it is very much her kind of thing. Ya know, the “let me show you my assets while I have them” type of thing.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    All I can think of when I read her headline is a SATC line “Single and fabulous question mark? It was supposed to be single and fabulous exclamation point!” Love the last shot (+a face blot) but the pink dress looks awful on her and the jacket looks flat out too big instead of just over-sized.

    • demidaemon

      I pretty much found every outfit they chose either a)hideous b) hideous on her or c) both.

  • Imasewsure

    I think she isn’t styled right but she also isn’t modelling these very well either. Love her but she’s no Gwen

  • Jessi03

    On Miley, the Fausto Puglisi looks like Julia Roberts’ outfit at the opening of Pretty Woman.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    The Puglisi makes her have a weird armpit thingie. I am distracted.

  • Eric Stott

    Everything looks washed out

  • nannypoo

    I like her hair this way and I’ve seen pictures of her that are attractive, but here she’s just skanky. Her transition from Hannah Montana to whatever she is now makes me sad. It has to be hard, but she makes it look downright grueling.

  • VioletFem

    Ooooh! Gwen Stefani would rock this editorial! Except maybe for the Puglisi dress which looks awful, even on the model.

  • TheAmericaness

    To be nice, she’s 20 and I think the look and feel she’s trying to give off is for a more experienced model. She’s got a great hairdo – I LOVE it. I appreciate that she’s not trying to look like every teen idol that’s gone before her. However, the Pink hairdo + the hard edge clothing + this spread = I’m edgy tough? No… She hasn’t lived that life yet. I hope she doesn’t – If I’m mistaken and she’s had the “coke years” already, I apologize for my ignorance. Miley needs to go with who she is exactly and this seems to be trying too hard to be something a bit more than she’s not – older and wiser – let’s face it. At 20, we all thought we knew more than we really did. WAY more. In fact, it’s get drunk laughable.

  • Meredith

    I think it’s because these are horribly boring, washed-out photos. Her hair and shoulders bleed into the background, ruining the proportions of the entire photo. Maybe if her posing wasn’t so blah she could pull it off.

  • christinewithanx

    Is she incapable of closing her mouth? Poor thing.

  • formerlyAnon

    What I *think*’s bugging is that there’s no life to her. When she’s posing all serious-faced, she just looks vacant to me. Much better caught in mid-smile. Or even snarl.

  • alyce1213

    It looks like she’s ready for breast palpation by her gynecologist on the cover. Horrible picture, she looks washed out, lifeless, awkward, fake.

    She’s a terrible model. I don’t really like anything about her, her clothes, her appearance, her music, nothin’.

  • ConnieBV

    It’s not cohesive. What were they trying to do? Eighties? Grace Jones? Punk? You can’t tell, and her makeup and hair could be pasted on from shot to shot. Just not interesting.

  • Glam Dixie

    I think Miley is trying to cultivate more of a hard edged rocker chick type vibe, ala Gwen Stefani. I mean, did you see her at VH1 Diva’s??

  • snarkykitten

    She looks like she has period gas

  • MoHub

    Stop the insanity!

  • VicksieDo

    I think it’s young and hot. Go Miley!

  • copper

    I’m all for androgyny but this makes me so uncomfortable — it’s like looking at a drugged 14 year old boy in overly sexed-up drag. I just want to grab a sheet and cover her up. ugh.

  • mightbewrong

    Hm…400 million people might be wrong in this case.

  • StellaZafella

    I’m all for youth expression of individuality, really.

    That said, Pink’s been doin’ this longer…and better.

  • GorgeousThings

    She looks like Justin Bieber in drag.

    • StellaZafella

      Maybe, but if this WERE JBeib – even in drag…everything would be pulled down around his/her ass crack.

      • demidaemon

        That one dress is mighty close.

  • PeaceBang

    Well, she can’t model to save her life, so there’s that.

  • YoungSally

    I was thinking that she has the look that Amanda Bynes seems to be seeking.

  • Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

    in each photo, her expression asks, “this? is this right?” she’s not having any fun at all.

  • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

    An Agyness Deyn wannabe.
    She looks awful, highly photoshoped and the clothes are not beautiful.

  • guest2visits

    The cover pic is ok; although it looks more like her Cosmo cover; or most Cosmo covers – except in B&W.
    I thought the second was the only one that worked really well for her, in styling and personality.
    The last is dismal. Was that the ONLY way they could think to do her make-up…could have been something much different.

  • Trisha26

    In the first two looks she appears masculine with sort of an FU expression. I’m all for gender-bending & androgyny but this just isn’t her. The third look is very Gwen Stefani, rocker with a soft side, that works.

  • Susan Collier

    She bores me. Off with her head!

  • Qitkat

    I think the pink dress is what happens when a designer tries to translate disco ball to clothing. I would love to hear what the Duchess would say about this one.

  • Kathy G

    To look good in those um, outfits, one needs some muscle definition. This is like putting a junkie in a wresting leotard.

  • musicandmochi

    Probably because the clothes make her look like an awkward, slutty man (i.e. flat).
    Did Joe Zee really style this? Perhaps she requested some of these clothes?

    • tereliz

      It’s Elle UK, so I’m guessing someone on their staff styled her.

      • musicandmochi

        Oh! Doy, UK. Thanks for pointing that out. I had felt so lost, thinking the Mighty Zee styled this mess.

  • appliquer

    Her vapid expression doesn’t help!

  • Judy Julian

    To my mind, there’s just basically something unappealing about her. Dressing her up is like trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

  • tereliz

    I dunno, it’s Elle UK, and Miley is chavving it. She even manages to make that Lanvin jacket look cheap.

    Looks right to me.

  • Tara Gray Burkholder

    Damn girl, invest in some Invisalign or something. What’s with all these celebs & their jacked up teeth?

    • Sally Brownson

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her teeth that Invisalign would fix. You can change the alignment of someone’s teeth, but if a person has big teeth, you can’t really do anything about that. (I’m saying this as someone who used to work in an orthodontist’s office and knows what “perfectly aligned” looks like.)

  • H2olovngrl

    God, I hate the cut of that pink dress with the burning intensity of a thousand suns. Overused hyperbole, I know, but I can’t help myself.

  • Heather

    … on the other hand, her eyeshadow is pretty.

  • Sally Brownson

    I think a lot of it is the way she’s posing. Sticking her thumbs in the cutouts seems particularly ill-advised.

    • Fordzo

      It’s like her hillbilly genes are just lookin’ for some overalls to hook her thumbs in.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Very distracting!

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    She has no presence whatsoever. Which is baffling considering how much of her life she’s spent in front of a camera.

  • bd73

    tlo’s right. it isn’t her style. she looks uncomfortable when her whole image was bubbly. if she was giving us some sort of personality it would work wonders. cheeky feels like her thing, but you can easily see gwen stefani giving us edge with a straight face. miley isn’t a model and they shouldn’t make her act like one.

  • Coco Cornejo

    She looks too young to have the kind of edge these clothes demand.

  • Jai Piper

    she isn’t a Barbie Doll; she’s Skipper!

  • CatherineRhodes

    Ugly cover.

  • Anniebet

    Sorry, she looks to me like some junkie they pulled off the street and plastered a ton of makeup on.

  • MandyM

    She is trying so hard to be edgy. She just looks silly.

  • quiltrx

    I’m so in love with the pumps the Puglisi model is wearing that I seriously can’t even see Miley.

  • Mlzx

    I actually love the cover, but otherwise the clothes look cheap and her face looks greasy.

    But man is that some awesome hair. I still like it more on her every time I see it, and I’ve seen it a lot. Great move.

  • Fordzo

    I don’t know if it’s because her father has a mullet, but Miley will always be just a little hillbilly hick for me. When she goes for “edgy”, it just comes off as trashy.

  • guest2visits

    When she tries for edgy she just looks ‘hard’ to me.
    She confuses edgy with sexed out, nearly naked, spandex and spikes, cougar outfits.
    Florence W, Tilda S, or even little miss Elle F have done edgy better.

  • MaryAlice Finley Davis

    It’s that stupid hair.

  • silaria

    I like her a lot, and these pictures are… okay. Not great, but not bad either. But that cover–! Cover up her face with your thumb, and suddenly it’s David Bowie on the cover.

  • ccm800

    weird ears! Never noticed – especially in that first shot. But I like this esp the pink – suits her.

  • Allison

    There needs to be a much better contrast between her skin and the color of the clothing for it to work. She blends into that pink.