Christina Hendricks for The Edit Magazine

Posted on March 31, 2014

A mostly unrecognizable Christina gets yet another mid-Century-inspired editorial. We have to think there’s a small part of her that isn’t going to miss this when Mad Men’s over.


Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Mad Men” actress Christian Hendricks in the latest issue of The Edit magazine photographed by Yelena Yemchuk and styled by Lawren Sample. Cardigan by Simone Rocha. Dress by Oscar de la Renta. Ring by Maria Black Fine Jewelry (right hand).

On “Mad Men”: “I would like to think we were contributors in raising the bar. […] It was never a question that viewers wouldn’t get it – that combination of intelligent writing and amazing interior design, mixed with extremely well put-together fashion. I don’t think we’d seen men like Don Draper for a long time. And the women in tailored dresses […] I think people were craving that tailored sense of style.”

On what she gained from playing Joan Holloway: “I think some of her ability to bounce back after something horrible arrives in your life. That and her confidence.”

On keeping some of the set props: “I’ve put in a request for several items from her [Joan’s] apartment that I would like to purchase, I’d like those reminders.”


Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(7)Dress by Michael Kors | Belt by Bottega Veneta

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(8)Sweater by Burberry Prorsum

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Cardigan by Miu Miu | Camisole by Dolce & Gabbana | Skirt by Burberry Prorsum | Shoes by Gianvito Rossi

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania | Shoes by Miu Miu | Gloves by Simone Rocha | Rings Christina’s own

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Top by Valentino | Skirt by Theory | Ring by Maria Black Fine Jewelry | Ring by Jennifer Meyer

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)Dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania \ Gloves by Simone Rocha

Christina-Hendricks-The-Edit-Magazine-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Cardigan by Miu Miu | Skirt and shoes by Dolce & Gabbana  | Earrings by Halleh | Ring by Maria Black Fine Jewelry (right hand) | Rings Christina’s own (left hand)


Not that we’d want to cast her in an ungrateful light, but some part of her must be crying out for modern clothes when she gets asked to do these things. Having said that, she looks … good. Just good, we’re afraid. We don’t like the long hair on her and while the clothes are all pretty, they’re also pretty standard for this kind of editorial. No shocks or anything of interest. It could be another series of Johnny Walker Red ads, for all we know.

But what really gets us here is that shot of her sitting with her legs crossed. Those are not Christina’s legs. Not even close. Digital enhancing and manipulation on fashion and celebrity editorials is so ubiquitous that we don’t always feel the need to point it out, but that’s a fairly glaring example of trying to turn her body into someone else’s body. Smooth out wrinkles and correct lighting or blemishes all you want, post-session. But when you jack up the head and slide an entirely different body underneath it, you’re going too far.

It really doesn’t help that she looks like she’s battling some serious depression in these pictures. It’s all rather a downer, isn’t it?



[Photo Credit: Yelena Yemchuk for The Edit Magazine]

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  • Carleenml

    My first reaction was “her head’s not that long.” At that point my brain can’t even bother with the fashion.

    • 3boysful

      Is that why the mag is called The Edit? Cuz that is NOT her face.

      • Amanda

        That’s what I was thinking, too. They edited the hell out of her face.

        • RedRaven617

          Who is it? (insert heavy load of sarcasm)

      • butterflysunita

        I really hate this. You have a beautiful woman like Christina Hendricks–what’s the point in photoshopping her this much? If we’re buying a magazine to see an editorial of CH, why do we want to see someone who bears only a vague resemblance to her?
        Why even get CH–why not just hire a model who looks somewhat like her?

      • Sarah

        All I see is Angelina Jolie’s face. It is uncanny, especially in the fifth and seventh photos.

        • conniemd

          Wow, it is Angelina Jolie’s face. The photoshopper must have had her in mind subconsciously.

          • Aurumgirl

            Subconsciously? It’s like they started with Angelina’s face, then just changed the colour of the hair and eyes!

  • shirab

    When will they start giving a credit to the photoshoppers who work on these editorials? They have at least as much influence over the look of the final product as the photographer and the stylist at this point.

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      I just wanted to chime in and say that I have a friend that works as a retoucher for fashion photography and he has literally no influence whatsoever over the final image. The photographer or whomever the photograph is for (magazine editor, art director etc) has final say. Retouchers are essentially terrified minions that just want to keep their jobs in a terribly tumultuous industry.

      • shirab

        Interesting! Thanks for the info. So is your friend basically just given orders–like, “make the boobs bigger” or “make her face more oval” or “erase her pores” or whatever?

        • HeatherMcIlrath

          Exactly. And the phrasing they use is just as blunt as what you said “her skins doesn’t look smooth enough, she has too many wrinkles” or “the model looks bloated, can you fix that?” no artistic freedom whatsoever, because there is ultimately someone much more powerful that controls how the image will look in the end.

          • demidaemon

            Sad, but, unfortunately, sounds about right.

      • Esz

        We are what I like to call ‘Faceless Production” in the graphics industry. We’re the grunts that do all the work but get none of the thanks. Yeh that sounds bitter I know. Just part of the day job *le sigh*. The account reps and ‘creatives’ are the ones that get the fawning and gifts from the client.

  • StelledelMare

    I was just about to say that that picture of her with her legs crossed is basically not her body at all. And that is just awful.

  • your face

    If they wanted to Photoshop so badly, they should’ve started by removing that hideous wide plastic strap from the shoes in the fourth pic.

    • Emily Smith

      Also in the fourth pic (the vivienne westwood right?) they did something very strange with the dress strap and her right arm. It doesn’t even look like the dress is around her arm it looks like the strap was tacked in the front like a on a paperdoll.

      • Laura Renee

        Ugh, you’re right. If they’re going to rely so much on photoshop, it ought to be made an ART with very high standards. This is lazy and insulting. I also hate the artificially straight angle of her face in that same picture.

      • MarTeaNi

        It looks like the point of the taffeta folded and went down across her arm, it’s difficult to see because of the color. I’m more worried about the fit on the dress, which compressed her chest into a shallow, uncomfortable bulge. If her hands weren’t posed as they are it’d be a lot more obvious.

        • Constant Reader

          I was wondering if it is even her body there. I don’t know if it’s the angle and lighting, but that is not the body of a girl as busty as Christina. Not to mention that her heard looks like it’s floating above her neck. It could be “just” a bad job contouring both her face and body, but the result looks sort of creepy.

          • MarTeaNi

            It’s her body, it’s just the absolute wrong dress to put her in. There’s no give in that taffeta and there’s no tailoring to the bust, so it drastically changes her shape. Her bust has been smooshed into an amorphous bulge, flattened downward until it merges into her waist. You can see against her arm just how incredibly compressed her breasts are.

            The floating head is a lighting issue.

      • kimmeister

        Plus they’ve also turned her face into that of a teenager’s.

    • demidaemon

      Agreed about the shoes. The one piece of fashion you notice, and it is horrible.

  • Ginger

    TLo, you really should start a series of posts titled “Guess the Celebrity” where all of us BKs stare blankly at the photos and try to decipher who the celebrity is that’s hiding underneath all of the effed-up photoshop. I would’ve had a difficult time recognizing CH.

  • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

    Just plain creepy. “The Edit,” indeed.

  • TrixieConQueso

    Really bummed my high this morning. Because then when she pops up on the show, I will think “where is that gal from the pictures?” However, being a curvy gal myself, I completely understand the desire to look as svelte as possible – even for a day. Sigh.

  • Danielle

    I had a visceral reaction to those giant clear straps across those Gianvito Rossi shoes.

    • Isabel

      I gasped, “ouch”.

    • Paigealicious

      Looks like the book repair tape we use at the library.

  • KinoEye

    Some of these shots are quite nice, but for SHAME on the shopping. The fact that she doesn’t have stick thin legs like that is part of the reason why she’s famous. Like the Liam Neeson guyditorial, why would you try to remove or alter part of someone’s signature look? Yick. I like the shot of her in the Burberry, and the very last one ain’t too shabby either.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Overall, I like most of them. The make up works in some shots, but not in others. I really like the long hair, though. She’s just so striking, and some of the pictures are very captivating to me ( I like the Westwood shots, personally).
      The Photoshop is pretty distracting, though. And I would agree that it’s even more noticeable on a woman that is known for her curves.

      • KinoEye

        Indeed. She’s one of my favorites, so I’m always happy to see her in editorials. I naturally have red hair, but since it’s decided to pull a Steve Martin on me, I’ve been dying it and am on a quest to achieve that gorgeous, not-too-dark but not-too-light shade of red she’s got there. Almost definitely a wig, but I’d like to dream that shade might be mine one day.

        • Constant Reader

          Red hair goes gray early, doesn’t it? I had some steaks of dark red in my otherwise black/brown hair and by my early 40s it was streaks of gray. Not pretty at all…

          • Kitten Mittons

            Not sure if they tend to go earlier, but I have always heard that red hair tends to go more white than grey. I don’t know if that’s generally true, or just an old wives’ tale. I know it was true for my grandmother, who was a redhead, though. She went white as snow.
            I have a little natural red in mine, but I dye it to bring it out a little more. I don’t acknowledge grey hairs. I obliterate them.

          • another_laura

            I sure wish my medium-reddish-brown locks were going white as snow. Grey little bastards that look like I stuck my finger in a socket. I always thought I go grey “naturally” but that went straight to h#ll in my thirties and I saw how it was going to be.

          • Alicia

            The three natural redheads that I know well enough to have had this kind of conversation with were all grey by their mid-20s. Not a compelling sample size, of course!

          • Kitten Mittons

            That’s not what we wanted to hear! 😉

          • Marci Smethurst Wolcott

            Naturally red hair goes a very muddy shade as it ages. Not very pretty at all. CH is not a naturall redhead tho’ ( I think she’s a natural blonde) so her roots would likely be that ashy dishwater color blondes get with age.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I always forget she’s not a natural redhead because it suits her so well.

          • Marci Smethurst Wolcott

            Indeed, it does!

          • alyce1213

            I’m a natural ginger and my “greys” are white/blonde. Also, red fades.

          • Constant Reader

            I don’t keep the gray streaks — way too Bride of Frankenstein for my taste. :) I dye my hair a dark warm brown, which lightens up the dark hair a little and has made people stop asking me if I dye it. When it was naturally black/brown (only looks brown in bright direct sunlight) nobody ever believed it wasn’t dyed. Sigh.

          • RidgewayGirl

            And I’m leaving the white hairs for now — I may change my mind as they multiply! Since I have auburn hair (that is what I choose to call it), people do ask me what shade I dye it. The white ones are proof it’s real.

          • KinoEye

            I’ve decided to live with it — gives me the chance to have fun with the color! But I always thought I’d stop breaking out before my hair went gray. At 24, I guess I’m something of a statistical outlier. Oh well!

          • another_laura

            Have some fun! (But the acne may not go away.)

          • Kitten Mittons

            Oh, honey. I had to stop on the way to work to buy concealer today, because I look like a zombie ate my face. I’m coming to grips with the fact that I’ll be a pimply 90 year old at some point.

          • demidaemon

            Same here!. Now I have gray hairs (unfortunately genetically inherited from my paternal side) and I’m still breaking out. Yay.

          • RidgewayGirl

            I had hair the color of CH’s as a child, which has mellowed over the years to a sort of auburn. And I just started getting the occasional white hair. White, not grey, very visible, and since I’m in my mid-forties, neither earlier nor later than customary.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    Was wondering what was going on with her hand in the 6th photo when I realized she’s actually wearing “gloves”.

    • another_laura

      Gross! (as I whisper, “thanks for pointing it out!”)

  • Lilithcat

    Look at the feet in the Vivienne Westwood shot. Those are nobody’s feet!

    That said, I love the photo of her in the Burberry Prorsum sweater.

    • Carleenml

      ha! having said that, I think I love that Westwood dress.

  • Deborah Lipp

    The one thing that works here is the way they play with her coloring.

  • NMMagpie

    All the criticism aside, the shot of her in the Burberry sweater is pretty dang awesome. Some serious Veronica Lake realness.

    • Isabel

      It’s the only shot that looks like her.

    • decormaven

      My fav as well.

  • toriadoria

    Wow. She looks *terrible*, and it’s all the fault of… I don’t even know? Not her – at least not her genetics. Maybe her ability to pose? What’s with the crazy open-mouth looks?

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I get the need to smooth things out a bit- this is why we all have filters on our phones- but this? is too much. She doesn’t even look like she HAS calves in that seated shot- wtf?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    That Vivienne Westwood would have been spectacular if it weren’t squashing her chest so much. Sigh.

    Also, GTNYF (where F could stand for Face or Fault)

  • Mothra

    Depressed and starved. They photoshopped half her face off!

  • pepper76

    Out of control with the Photoshop. She looks more like Karen Elson in some of these pics.

    • Alicia

      Yes – much more like Karen Elson than Christina Hendricks! Especially in that black Michael Kors dress.

  • boweryboy

    I think the she looks gorgeous, largely unrecongizable, but gorgeous just the same. Photoshop is so ubiquitous these days that I can’t even muster the energy to complain about it anymore.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Till i got my glasses on I was sure this was model Karen Elson in several shots…Edit indeed…

    • Shawn EH

      Now that’s a girl who can make depression glamorous!

  • MilaXX

    I like the longer hair, but I don’t like the makeup. The theme for this almost feels like Christina is channeling Mad Men Betty just before she divorced Don. My favorite shot is the one with the Simone Rocha gloves.

    • KinoEye

      It’s a great shot, but maybe I’m blind — where are the gloves?

      • schadenfreudelicious

        They are transparent, what looks to be a bracelet is the embellished cuff of the glove (took me a minute to see it too)

        • KinoEye

          Oooooh! I see them now, a lot more clearly in the closeup with the Vivienne Westwood. Neat!

    • decormaven

      Flove those gloves. TDF.

    • Isabel

      She looks like Angelina Jolie in that shot.

  • rockin robin

    Preorder your Christina-bot today!

  • Kate Andrews

    She is so beautiful — why mess with it?

  • ashtangajunkie

    I wonder if that messes with the delicate ego of a celebrity – being photoshopped into a different person. Or if everyone is delusional enough that they just think, “Wow, I look awesome!” The shot in the Burberry sweater is the only one I like.

    • Kayceed

      Occasionally, after seeing a celebrity in a number of ads/editorials, I will have a mild shock when I see them on TV or in a red carpet shot – “Oh, so THAT’s what they look like!” This cannot be a good thing.

  • Bill Craven

    This is so disturbing I can’t even.

  • sienna elm

    She looks a bit like Judy Garland in the black lace blouse shot! Bizarre!

  • Laura Renee

    I think the ultimate message of this editorial is “don’t buy Gianvito Rossi shoes.”

    I would really, really like to see just one magazine editorial that does not use photoshop. How revolutionary would that be.

    Also, I love Christina Hendricks, and you’re right, this is a downer. I want to see her in something really fun, like a rocker/biker outfit, with her hair half-up and messy and having fun.

    • Gatto Nero

      Agree. Not only the mood but also the plasticity of the whole thing make this really depressing. The tyranny of photoshop. She deserved better.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I like her with long hair, but everything else in this spread is a big miss.

  • Janet B

    Aptly named.

    Beautiful, but not really Christina Hendricks.

  • bxbourgie

    Girl that is not your body.

    I actually love the hair. But yeah, she does look like she’s battling depressing and the airbrushing is so blatant. Everyone knows she’s a beautiful curvy woman, I don’t know why they couldn’t just leave her body as is. Ridiculous.

  • Sophie

    Her neck looks too smal in the first picture, is it just her hair or has photoshop helped? She looks really tired.

  • kt

    The legs I can’t really comment on, but in the video for this shoot this is precisely what she looks like, longer, slimmer, a teeny bit more angular. Of course I am no expert on video production but I get the feeling that this is Christina, post Mad Men workout ban. And she does have quite slim legs and arms IRL.

    • MarTeaNi

      Her face looks remarkably different when she talking, all the smiling she does changes the shape of her face. Resting though, she’s really got those enviable cheekbones.

    • Shawn EH

      Thanks for pointing out that video, it really adds to the photos. However, they definitely slimmed her bra size in some of the shots, the only one that seems right is the lace Valentino blouse!

  • ojosazules

    The shot with the Burberry sweater is gorgeous.

    • kittentoes

      That was the only one I liked.

  • SugarSnap108

    I can’t comment on whether Christina looks good or not, because that’s not even her. This just pisses me off.

  • Shawn EH

    This isn’t Joan Holloway. This is Betty if she had crippling agoraphobia.

  • Judy_J

    I also thought “photoshop” when I saw that particular picture of her legs. Her waistline also appears to have been doctored in some of those photos as well. Not cool.

  • Paula Pertile

    Its insulting to her. Like, the real her isn’t good enough.

  • marlie

    To add to the comment about the legs, I also am not a fan of how they’ve smoothed her face out SO much that it looks plastic. Like, someone’s wearing a really good Christina Hendricks mask. And that Vivienne Westwood dress is hella unflattering.

    • kmk05

      I don’t know if it’s just me, but her face looks different too, like they shaved off centimeters off her jawline. Her forehead is so ridiculously smooth it looks like it squeaks.

  • Cheryl

    Hmmm, I thought she looked beautiful in these photos, albeit a wee bit over photo-shopped. I think the clothes really suit her, we’ve seen Christina in some pretty awful stuff, so this is an improvement. I love the long hair and the serious facial expressions, the deep berry lipstick is gorgeous on her. Not so enamoured with the shoes with the wide plastic straps.

  • nycfan

    The legs jumped out at me, too. Not sure whether they replaced with body-double legs or just photohopped — looking at the bizarre curve of her left ankle, I’m thinking the latter. The also seem to be photo-reducing her hips and cinching her already small waste.

    • alyce1213

      You can see the outline outside her legs where it’s sliced off. (that sounds terrible)

  • nycfan

    Also, check out her eyes in the first picture, they are strangely misaligned — I think they photoshopped her face to make it look thinner (pull the jaw line slightly up and in) and in so doing threw off the natural symmetry of her eyes.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Wow, her face looks like a cross between her face and Uma Therman…I couldn’t actually tell who it was.

  • VicD

    Most of these pictures look like someone is styling a model to try and look like Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway. This is just bizarre – barely looks like her, and the depressive vibe is strong.

    • MissKimP

      Or styling Christina Hendricks to look like Angelina Jolie…

  • suzq

    Ugh…. I’ll never criticize her on the runway (when we see the real Christina.) I may criticize the outfit choice, but the woman is striking and doesn’t need enhancement.

    Furthermore, I refer everyone to find the DVD to the 2011 New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” You will see Christina Hendricks sing and dance and you’ll get some perspective on how tiny she is in real life.

    • BobStPaul

      I just finished watching Firefly, having missed it when it was on television. It was a delightful surprise to see Christina in two of the episodes and equally surprising to see how delicate and small she actually is – as opposed to the formidable Joan Holloway. And thanks for the suggestion about that production of Company, my all time favorite musical.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Saw that on PBS – she was wonderful. :)

  • Little_Olive

    TLo took the words out of my mouth, this was sort of upsetting rather than alluring. She seems lost in the clothes, her expression reads as if the photographer gave her confusing instructions of which she was trying to make the best, and her forehead scares me.

  • CatherineRhodes

    God, I hate Photoshop. The technology is turning beautiful people into Frankenmodels.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    Why they felt the need to mess with this gorgeous woman is beyond me. She’s so stunning in her combination of buxom yet delicate, that to see her shopped this way is sad. It almost looks like they had other redheads in mind with some of these poses & looks – I can see Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard more than Christina in a few.

  • kategs

    To me, she looks pensive rather than depressed. And I love all the clothes; they suit her body well. She looks radiant.

  • Imasewsure

    Plus we know those aren’t her legs because the shoes aren’t frumpy and orthopedic… they can’t fool us!!

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Well, I suppose since it’s The Edit magazine, they figure they can get away with anything. The way that they’ve edited her, the only thing recognizable is her rack. That’s just wrong.

    • embers618

      Even that’s been misedited in the first picture. That’s C-cup cleavage showing in the v-neck – if you look at the very next photo it’s obvious that the cleavage in the first photo and the cleavage in the second don’t belong to the same person, and I’m not sure that either of them are really hers.

  • Alisa Rivera

    I just saw an 80s era Vogue photo of Cindy Crawford and what jumped out at me was you could see her pores. It looked like real skin, not Real Doll skin. I wish magazine graphics folks would dial down the Photoshop and let people look like actual human beings again.

  • Nika E

    She looks like Toni Collette. That actress from The United States of Tara and The Sixth Sense. I think thats her. Anyway, thats not a compliment.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I love it.

  • Monica

    In the cover photo, her cleavage has been weirdly ‘shopped so that it doesn’t match the rest of her chest. Compare to cleavage in next shot which does match…

  • Susan

    It looks like they meshed Christina’s face with Angelina Jolee’s. Why would you do that?

  • LeelaST

    The only one that looks remotely like Christina is the last one – and she’s wearing early Betty Draper.

  • Eva_baby

    That looks like Christina in the sweater. Who are these other women?

  • alyce1213

    There couldn’t be a more aptly named magazine. Christina has lost weight (obvious on the RC and in the video), but this photoshopping alters her body and plasticizes her face to a ridiculous degree. Makes me mad.

  • pookiesmom

    The sucked the life right out of her face. I’ve seen her more animated in random red carpet photos. Hell, I’ve seen her more animated in random grocery shopping pap shots. They’ve turned her into a plastic doll.

  • Lizzy

    Photoshop Photoshop. … everything is Photoshop.

  • Clash D

    That first photo is WEIRD! Why does she look like that? And chanelling Julianne Moore in the second one. Overall styling looks great though.

    • J. Preposterice

      partly, they have shopped in cleavage shadows that don’t match up with her actual breast shape/size. so the cleavage is for high-set B/C-cup sized breasts, while she has mid-set larger cup-sized breasts (I don’t know her actual cup size, but I would guess it is somewhere in the H-J range).

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    the fourth shot of her (I think) leaning against the bar….wtf? her head it tiny and they took away her neck, they probably used the neck on top of her real time neck on the cover shot. This is really bad…it’s insulting.

  • FeminineLipstique

    She just happens to look super surprised because she looked in the mirror and saw a red-headed Christina Ricci.

  • demidaemon

    Two points: 1) Fairly egregious photo-chopping in almost every shot. HORRID. B) That is some hideous and heinous footwear she is modeling throughout. So the stylists failed too. What a wonderful editorial.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    The first shot of the Westwood dress is heinous– her torso looks like a barrel. And I noticed that cross-legged shot too, and thought, “Damn, she looks awfully skinny!” Then I read TLo’s commentary and it all made sense.

    • Toby Wollin

      I’m thinking they bound down her breasts with duct tape or something.

  • kingderella

    She’s not really serving face here, is she?

  • formerlyAnon

    This offends me because I think the candid street shot Christina is more beautiful than this “Christina.”

  • SewingSiren

    More like illustrations than photographs.

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  • sleah_in_norcal

    they appear to be hiding her body in most of these, through shadows or cropping or weird angles like the one with the distorted legs. the only exception is the last shot on the couch, which i enjoyed. and the make up contouring and digital changes in her facial structures are a shame.

  • shelley514

    “The Edit” effectively editing all of the Christina out of Christina Hendricks. Everything that makes her great is gone in these pics. Damn shame.