Nina Dobrev for Cosmopolitan Magazine

Posted on August 06, 2013

Miss Nina is the very definition of the term “knockout” on the cover of Cosmo:


“Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev covers the September 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.

Christian Dior Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Zuzanna Bijoch (NEXT)

It’s amazing how some good styling, major editing, and the right girl can turn a dress like that into Sexy City.  And to Nina’s credit as a model, she manages a quick left turn out of Sexy City and onto the Twee Peninsula, where she does pretty okay for herself:

Valentino Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Marie Piovesan (OUI)

Very cute.

But unfortunately, she wandered out onto the rocky shores of the island of Gucci…

Where the siren call of that one dress that everyone just can’t leave alone wound up being her undoing. Oh honey. You were doing so well there.

Gucci Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kasia Struss

Stylists, you need to leave this one alone.



[Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath for Cosmopolitan Magazine,]

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  • MilaXX

    I don’t like any of this. The less sad about that cover the better. The second is ‘meh’, and the last is horrible.

  • roxyturtle

    She is so gorgeous! I love the middle photo but I hate the cover and the last shot. The cover in particular really bothers me. Like visceral negative reaction.

    • kmk05

      I don’t even understand WHY I’m so negative about that cover: I mean, we’ve seen this ridiculous pose (or variations of it) before. I should just buck up and move on, but… I’m actually repulsed. It’s so skeevy. You can’t even keep your balance like that when you’re putting on shoes!

      • RebeccaKW

        It’s the kind of shot you’d see on the cover of Maxim. Not on a magazine for women.

        • kmk05

          You nailed it. It’s exclusively appealing to men, which I think it what confuses me. Since, you know, that’s not supposed to be Cosmo’s demographic.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      same. ridiculous pose making the woman an object rather than a person. besides, those are some hella matchy shoes.

      • kim bunchalastnames

        well. plus the “mind blowing sex moves.” she’s posed to give headline.

  • everest19

    I don’t understand the over-use of that Gucci dress. There were so many interesting looks in that collection, and that’s what they chose? If I were a stylist, I would take that dress off the sample racks and toss it out the nearest window.

    • Airkisses

      Seriously. Is Gucci paying the magazine editors to foist this upon starlets, or what?

    • Slanted & Enchanted

      I like to imagine that the stylists are all competing with each other, and with each terrible deployment of the dress, the stakes get higher and higher and it becomes more and more appealing to stylists to try to be The One Who Got It Right. Also, they all get together for fabulous parties and give each other death stares behind their fake smiles, a la the first season of Revenge.

    • DilettanteDeconstructed

      The only answer I could come up with is that Gucci is actually trolling the fashion industry, and all of the magazine editors are in on the joke.

    • jen_vasm

      The best use of that dress in a magazine pictorial is to set fire to it. (without a model wearing it, natch)

    • drdarke

      @everest19:disqus – it’s because TLo are right: It really is that Batshit Insane Dress that you’re sure, with the right woman styled right, will look absolutely smashing!

      And (and I fully admit my White Male Hetrosexism is screaming and pounding on the door to be let in here!) – I kind of of like that whole Rima The Wild Bird Woman Imperialism Riff she’s working in that shot. Yes, the dress is completely indefensible – but Gods and Goddesses, I can’t stop looking at her in it, eyes glazed over and tongue lolling….

      I also really love that cover shot – though everyone here who hates it is spot-on saying it belongs on a non-nudie Men’s Magazine rather than COSMO, which even though it sells sexy women it sells them to other women. It’s a bit too old-fashioned “spicy” for PLAYBOY or even MAXIM, though – it might work on ESQUIRE or a “Buy Clothes For Your Bird You’ll BOTH Love!” issue of a British “Lad Mag”….

  • hellkell

    That Gucci needs a rest, it’s tired.

    “Brazilian Sweet Treat?” Oh, Cosmo. Your sex tips (interns bullshitting) never fails to amuse.

    • demidaemon

      I had to recheck the cover for the taglines. I must admit that I am a bit curious as to what a Brazilian Sweet Treat is. Anyone willing to chance Google and inform the rest of us? I’m a little too scared to.

      • Vanja

        I am too curious for my own good. I tried googling it, but I think the interns made up that term, because I couldn’t find it.
        However….there are Brazilian candies also called Brazilian sweet treats. They are made mainly with sweetened condensed milk mixed with nuts, fruits or chocolate, and then shaped as little balls. They are decorated with sprinkles, sugar etc. So I immediately think of South Park’s ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’ song. *eww*

        Usually the urban dictionary is very helpful with off the road terms/words and there is some reference of a ‘sweet treat’ named after Sweet Lucious Jones. You have to look that one up yourself though. 😉 *again… eww*
        I think @hellkell:disqus is right: the interns are bullshitting.

        • mlle

          That Cosmotopian SMBC sketch is, I think, pretty accurate.

  • Qitkat

    I love the houndstooth heels. I think they are as cool as ice cream on a hot August night.

    • 3boysful

      There are many Alabama alumnae who will be hankering for those heels for football games.

      • imspinningaround

        Roll Tide.

        • 3boysful


          • MemHey

            Bless y’all.

          • annabelle archer

            21 Days y’all. RTR.

      • Qitkat

        Sorry I don’t know the connection, but, interestingly, both my parents were Alabama graduates.

        • JasmineAM

          Paul “Bear” Bryant was THE football coach at U of AL. He always wore a houndstooth hat, so fans adopted houndstooth as another school color.

      • annabelle archer

        I wonder how many pairs are currently on Sorority Row?

      • JasmineAM

        I saw a woman the other day in head to toe (jewelry and everything) oundstooth. She admitted she was a huge Tide fan.

    • majorbedhead

      Yeah, those are some great shoes. Almost as cute as my Stewart plaid pumps.

  • decormaven

    Double-sided tape is working overtime on the dress in the cover shot- that dress is crawling up the backside. The second shot is acceptable, although poorly staged. And why is that Gucci still making the rounds? Doesn’t the designer log how many times a particular dress is being featured? Seeing it over, and over, and over again makes me think off-the-rack fashion, not couture.

    • teensmom99

      ummm, probably more photoshop than tape.

  • Imasewsure

    That dress… again… die die die

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    She looks like sex on a stick on that cover, as long as you ignore that shoulders and arms don’t actually work that way. The less said about the Gucci, the better.

    • Lisa Hager

      For real.

      • omg_dora

        I immediately thought about the Hawkeye Initiative too!

    • formerlyAnon

      I was particularly entertained by the little yellow arrow pointing to the oddly proportioned and slim but nearly definition-less arm, promising “Awesome Arms”

      • Cz

        Maybe, they meant, here’s how to work out these skinny shapeless arms? (To Ms Dobrev’s credit, she’s actually quite fit/defined outside of photoshop land, if the papz pics of her in a swimsuit are to be believed.)

    • mlle

      Cosmo does weird things with Photoshop on all their covers.

  • Diego!

    Of all the dresses I like the second one the best. The first one is nothing to write home about and the last one is very custome-y/showgirl.

    • Shawn EH

      The 2nd one is gorgeous, and a really great look for Nina. She has to do the big hair way too often for the CW.

  • bertkeeter

    Someone PA LEEZE bury that bird dress!

    • Imasewsure

      Maybe we could take up a collection plate, buy it and then send it to TLo Enterprises for destruction…

  • Trisha26

    So a “knockout” means cleavage & legs for days? I think the cover look is trashy – although brownie points for ditching the crocheted apron. The middle look is Lolita-y for me. And then it’s back to trashy in the “how many peacocks were plucked for this” dress.

  • Vera

    She’s gorgeous and all, but the cover is so “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.” The Gucci looks like a really expensive duster.

  • somebody blonde

    Seriously, people. PUT THE GUCCI BACK IN THE CLOSET. JLo already got to it and she’s really the only one who it worked for.

  • demidaemon

    That last dress needs to die yesterday. Also, that cover shot is a bit ho-ish. Perhaps ho-lite, but maybe too much ho at all.

    • formerlyAnon

      Classic Cos-ho.

      • Shawn EH

        It’s actually a little less boob-a-licious than it could be. At least we’re looking at her face!

  • nannypoo

    I’m pretty sure she didn’t choose that Gucci so we can’t blame her. That is one fugly dress. She looks better than the model in every shot.

  • flamingoNW

    Srsly. Put. The. Prada. Dress. Down. Leave it.

  • NurseEllen

    Thank GOD they took Granny’s antimacassar off that hounds tooth dress before Miss Nina slithered into it.

  • DilettanteDeconstructed

    To her credit, she looks like she’s thinking “oh god, not this dress again…” in the Gucci pic.

  • formerlyAnon

    That cover is iconic Cosmopolitan – especially the apparently self-propelled animated hair., but I’d pay (not much, but) to see the photo before Photoshop adjusted her bodily proportions.

  • PaulRin

    That Gucci dress on Kasia was already a eye-burner when it was presented. Somehow Cosmo stylist managed to make it even more hideous on Nina.

  • Little_Olive

    She does look sexy, but generic-sexy instead of a sexy version of herself. She should exploit her features to a more “classic” effect, IMO.
    The styling is… not there. If you are going to use that Gucci (yet again) in a forest-y environment, at least have the picture convey some wildness. “Pensive” is not something one associates with black mesh and peacock feathers.

    • sekushinonyanko

      The facial expression combined with the wildness of that dress and the random location all combine to make her look confused to be in that dress. That photo says “what am I wearing, where am I?”

      • mlle

        “Did I anger a fashion god?”

        • sekushinonyanko

          Poor dear was sent into the woods as a sacrifice to appease the fashion gods. Only she wasn’t told what she was supposed to do once she got there.

  • MzzPants

    I’m so sick of that Gucci dress. Somebody kill it dead.

  • JauntyJohn

    Ok, is there some kind of bet happening among stylists behind the scenes regarding that damn Gucci dress?

  • majorbedhead

    That cover bugs me no end. Although I suppose it *is* Cosmo, but still. Yuck.

  • SugarSnap108

    I feel like I’m being stalked by that Gucci dress. Yes, I’m taking it personally.

    She’s beautiful, but I don’t like any of these looks. The twee dress is cute, but she is posed so awkwardly. She just doesn’t seem to be lovin’ it. And the cover is just … No.

  • LaSylphide

    Sorry, don’t much care for any of it. That cover is just weird (you can tell by the position of her heel that the shoes are many sizes too big). Don’t like the clothes: they don’t do anything for her, and she doesn’t do anything for them.

  • boweryboy

    That Gucci dress: take it out and shoot it, bury it in shallow grave, and have an exorcist say a prayer over it.

  • quiltrx

    I swear, it’s like that ugly Gucci is some sort of weird fashion photographer dare. “I can make this dress look good!” Please, please burn it!
    I’ll say again, she’s a really pretty girl and she knows how to wear beautiful clothes. These aren’t ‘pin-worthy’ shots for me, but except that last one she did pretty good.

  • PastryGoddess

    That Gucci dress is fast becoming those “Lance” Jimmy Choo sandals

  • prettybigkitty

    The Gucci is fashion’s Excalibur. Whoever can pull it off the best will be the true heir to Anna WIntour.

    • alyce1213

      Or maybe the Myth of Sisyphus.

  • MoHub

    That Gucci needs to be shredded and burned before someone else thinks she can wear it.

  • MoHub

    In terms of the cover, I’ve always wanted a houndstooth bath towel.

  • omg_dora

    On the cover she looks like one of those comic book women twisting around unnaturally so they can show both boobs and ass for 12-year-old boys to masturbate to. Ridiculous.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Enough with the dress!! I’m so sick of that stupid dress.

  • MartyBellerMask

    It’s COSMO. Works for me.

  • Brian @ PWYJudges

    There should be one red carpet event—nothing major, maybe the VMAs or the Teen Choice Awards—where every woman is required to wear the Gucci dress. Styling is up to the wearer and her gays, but the dress must be worn in order to enter. At the end of it, we can declare a winner (my money’s still on J. Lo) and then put the dress to rest.

  • leahpapa

    If I ever see that bird dress again, I hope it’s on Drag Race. Otherwise, cut it into pieces and ship them to the four corners of the Earth.

  • crash1212

    It’s amazing how the Dior shines once the tea cozy is removed. Nicely done!

  • annabelle archer

    OMG – Now SJP is in the Gucci dress in Bazaar. I knew Hollywood was unoriginal, but really, is every single magazine going to feature this horrible frock?

    • Shawn EH

      Why would any woman want to resemble an extinct bird?

      • Lori

        Not just an extinct bird, but one that deserved to go extinct. If I didn’t already hate that dress I’d hate it for making me think some species deserved to die out.

  • marlie

    I’m not in love with any of them. The middle dress is too twee. The Gucci dress needs to be set on fire. And the cover… I’m glad they shortened the dress, but really? THAT much?

  • Lanx

    Awful and trashy. So… very Cosmopolitan magazine then lol. Holy crap though, that is not her face in that blue dress pic.

  • amber.

    her hair on the cover looks tragic. those are some of the worst extensions i’ve seen in a while.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    SHE’S even looking down and wondering why she’s wearing that dress.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    That cover picture is terrible. I’m offended on her behalf. No women should be asked to pose like that *unless it’s for Maxim or Playboy*

  • Bethany Mishler Barkley-Hanson

    That cover is Nina sitting on an invisible toilet reaching down to scratch her ankle. Crass I know, but still true and still love her.

    • Plink

      Totally crass…