Come walk with us through another set of theme magazine covers, darlings. They’re all the rage.
Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel & Allison Williams, photographed by Carter Smith for Elle magazine.
On the conflict between being a comedian and being a grown-up: “Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5:30AM no matter what. Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future. But I’d like to say that I maintain that same sense of play and creativity and spontaneity–of being able to get into a room with people and say, ‘Let’s waste some time.’ When you’re a creative person, even when you’re in a position of power, you still have to be able to straddle both worlds.”
On how the “The Mindy Project” getting green-lit served as a desperately needed distraction from her mother’s death: “Any person that’s been in the business knows they’re so lucky to have their show picked up–it happens to such a small fraction of shows. But I was lucky personally, because I needed a distraction so badly from my grief. Still my thoughts flutter toward her in scenes that I’m doing, every night before I go to bed, and every morning when I wake up.”
On the idea that girliness connotes weakness and how it comes up less and less: “There has been a shift. I really have stood up for myself on multiple platforms. It’s sort of the grown-up version of middle-school nastiness, and I’m just like, come on. If there’s one thing I’d like to graduate from, it’s girl-on-girl hate. I don’t believe in it.”
On why she tends to wear high-end, American designers on the red carpet: “I wanted to establish a baseline: Here’s what I look like, I have long brown hair, I wear this kind of dress, this is the deal. You can count on it! Look at Jennifer Aniston: she’s America’s sweetheart for a reason. You know what she’s going to look like when she shows up to something, and there’s something so comfortable in that.”
Oh god, that quote from Allison explains so much. “I wanted to establish a baseline?” Yuck. “Jennifer Aniston is my style idol?” Oh honey, no.
Anyway, the first thing that popped out when we saw these was how the only non-white subject got a completely different cover from the other ones. But here’s two simultaneous thoughts that came up as soon as we realized that:
1. That’s a gorgeous picture of Mindy, and
2. If anyone should be pissed off here, it’s Amy.
Seriously, we love the gal and we’re all for her finding her sexy, but the spread leg, shaded cleavage and JBF hair strike us as distinctly off-model. As for Mindy, we definitely find it odd that her cover is so drastically different from the other ones and think it should be questioned and/or called out any time the mass media singles out the non-normative (whether that’s ethnic, racial, size, sexual orientation or gender identity) for different treatment, but like we said, she looks amazing.
Allison also looks shockingly good, but that’s because we’re so desperate to see her break free a little. Zooey looks like Zooey. That’s a really cute dress she’s wearing.
[Photo Credit: Carter Smith for ELLE Magazine]
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