Cover Girl: Miley Cyrus for ELLE Magazine

Posted on April 07, 2014

Can we be a little vulgar? Just a little?

Miley Cyrus covers the May 2014 issue of ELLE magazine in Marc Jacobs.

We only thought one thing upon viewing this. She’s doing the “lean to one side to let it slip out quietly and not cause a thunderclap” move on the cover of a major fashion magazine.

Seriously, does her face and posture not say “Sorry, dude. Gotta let this one out?” We’re not the only (horribly vulgar) people to think that, are we?

Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 Collection


Awesome bit of styling magic, though. We don’t much like this on the runway, but it looks spectacular on a magazine cover. We admit we’re a bit surprised they put her in pants. She could’ve worn the top as a dress.



[Photo Credit: ELLE Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • Jacob Bowen

    I immediately thought “(trying to be) classy leg spreading”….but WOW, she looks good! Her hair is perfect, and even though I would LOVE a lip color, her makeup still looks great!

  • Latin Buddy

    I HATE to admit this but gurl is smart in her transition from kid star to adult one. She knows when to shock and the when to use fashion to awe. Compare this to someone like Beiber, he’s using his “bad boy” antics to distance himself from kid fame but hasn’t really done much to mitigate his obnoxious tone.

    • thecitysleeps

      I agree. I think she’s extremely smart. And to be fair, I do think her music backs her transition, because it’s good!

    • Anna

      Totally agree. And much like Britney Spears did, she’s connected with her age group and her audience has grown with her.

    • AnaRoW

      I agree she’s smart but I disagree with you about Bieber. He’s not using his antics to distance himself. He’s just stupid and out of control.

  • Anna

    If she’d had a different pose and facial expression, this could’ve been a cover WERQ. I do love the hair and the styling.

    • Trent

      Right? The outfit on the runway is majorly hiddy but Miley is WERQ-ing it on this cover. Well, except for the horrid pose (which the Fug Girls would call a Scrolldown Fug).

      • Anna

        Indeed, never thought I’d be complimenting Miley on her ability to wear clothes. And just think of how much better the outfit would’ve looked if her posing wasn’t so stupid.

  • International Model

    She is projecting “Powerful Middle School Boy (in a beaded frock)” (so the fart take makes sense).

    • Introspective

      shes totally giving me graco malfoy realness… im half expecting her to shout out “expelliarmus” any minute now.

  • thecitysleeps

    I think this looks gorgeous. Also love her hair!

  • clatie

    Wow, does that look ugly on the runway. Must admit, she’s wearing it well. She still makes me nuts, though.

    PS I HATE the talons.

  • MilaXX

    I’m thinking they wanted to go against the grain and actually have her clothed for a change.

  • Sophie

    Great hair. Not sold on the inner strip on the pants, even though I understand why it has to be there.

  • mcbishop

    Hahahaha……LOVE the description, and it is so right on. Vulgarian that I am.

  • marlie

    I just hate the expression on her face. Like, HATE it. But yeah, that could have made a really cute little dress.

    • uprightcitizen

      Is she trying to generate more of that “Miley is really Justin Bieber” buzz? Because that’s what this pose and facial expression look like to me. The clothes are cool, but her expression isn’t doing anything for the “I’m all grown up now” image she claims to want to project. It’s all androgynous pre-teen boy. And I’m pretty sure that particular head was from a different shot and Photoshopped on. As to the model on the runway. That’s some pretty masculine styling. People have been sent home from RPDR for looking less manly.

      • marlie

        I hadn’t even noticed the styling on the runway model, but you’re right – that’s some seriously masculine, drag-queen-ish makeup going on.

      • In_Stitches

        I’m getting pure Bieber in her pose and face. There’s this vacant, thugish posturing that he wallows in and she’s inhabiting it completely here.

    • clatie

      It’s kind of amusing to look at her and very loudly say “DUUUUURRRHHHH”. Because that’s what it looks like she’s about to say. Try it. Fun!

    • Celticharpist

      Agreed. She is serving duck face a la Bieber.

  • dustdevilliz

    She looks great, I love the outfit and truly the runway version is awful. (Is it the handbag? the pants dragging on the floor?)

    • hyperionic

      Na, it’s the shape.

  • alyce1213

    Did someone at Elle really think that was a good cover? With that facial expression and body position? Really, Elle??
    The outfit is okay, I just can’t take her anymore. Tired of her attitudes.

    • RebeccaKW

      Yea, I have a hard time believing this was the best picture they had.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        I agree with T’lo, can you imagine her leaning on the stool, in that JUST as a dress? would have been a fascinating image.. (and not liking the wrinkled midrift).

    • demidaemon

      Perhaps someone at Elle has a hater-on for Miley and purposely chose the worst photo.

  • Cyprienne Zed

    Kill those pants with fire.

  • lunchcoma

    As annoying as she can be, the girl can wear clothes.

  • Frank_821

    First the good. She does look quite chic in that suit

    The bad: that pose makes me think she’s impersonating beiber

  • Alyssa_T_Robot

    yay for fart jokes!

  • KT

    Hahaha, no, you are not the only vulgar people out there. This is 100% pure “lean and fart” — you nailed it. Just like she’s nailing some poor PA with her flatulence.

  • Danielle

    Somewhere between the unintentional duck face and the rich heiress pout lies that expression Miley is making.

  • Sarah

    A smile would’ve helped, instead of the parted ducklip. It lends an air of concentration to her face – concentrating on letting an SBD go, I guess 😉

    • zenobar

      “Who can I blame this on? Is there a dog in the room perhaps? No? OK, bitchy photographer’s assistant it is then.”

      • Sarah

        “Perhaps if I wave this hand I’m resting on the stool, I can push the air forward and blame it on the photographer! Yes! That’s it!”

  • Kitten Mittons

    Don’t like this at all. Maybe if the pose had been better she’d have sold me. As it is, it’s all awkward and so washed out. That cover is an ode to neutrals. How does that make your magazine stand out on a rack?

  • cleva1

    When I first looked I wondered whether they had to airbrush out the drool that was likely dribbling out of her mouth. On second viewing, the gas passing makes much more sense.

  • dash1211

    The only thing missing is the tongue.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Thank goodness!!!

  • Laylalola

    Awful cover. It doesn’t matter what she’s wearing. That’s just a hideous pose all around for a fashion magazine.

  • Sabin

    I had to look twice to make sure that inner stripe wasn’t sheer.

  • jw_ny

    I like the cover pic of her and the outfit suits her. Can’t help but think the spread legs pose is like a guy giving himself some ball room. (maybe she’s got a wrecking ball down there.)

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Can’t unsee. LOL.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I didn’t see it until I read it, but now it’s all I can see.

  • mjmiller77

    imho, this has got to be one of the worst covers I’ve ever seen. First thing – woohoo – her tongue is in her mouth. Other than that? – she definitely looks like she’s letting one rip, her hand is almost on her own crotch… The only thing about her “face” I like is her eyes – otherwise the expression makes her look really dumb. Which she isn’t. No awe here.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Can’t unsee that. Hilarious! :)

  • Imasewsure

    She looks great in that outfit which just looks matronly and tacky on the model. Definitely a “yoga release” moment on that cover though… strange strange strange (but amusing for us of course)

  • Allison Angier

    I really LIKE this cover. It is not terribly common to use grey as the background color, and this warm grey really makes the white text sharp. Plus, color is not the story here – texture is. The outfit, the hair, and the huge gleaming nail on her wrist are doing all the heavy lifting. Really, really nice cover.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Olan Mills has better poses. She doesn’t even look like herself in the photo. Um, I think I like the clothes?

  • Kayceed

    Work that clavicle gurl!

  • Daisy Walker

    Ugh. I think the photog snapped the shutter right before she grabbed her crotch.

  • holla

    I thought it was a dress until it saw the bottom half of the shot. I was a little bit disappointed a first that it was pants, but then thought it would go the pantie wearing Miley way. On second look, the pants is more her image now than a dress would be. Love the hair and makeup.

  • Morales Mike

    I totally agree with TLo that as a minidress that would have been really cool if not a little expected of her. On the model, especially THAT model (I mean YIKES, would it kill people to have a pretty model?) it’s kind of awful.

    • tallgirl1204

      I think the model’s styling is to blame. Terrible hair, terrible makeup for a rather severely beautiful face.

      • Morales Mike

        I think you’re absolutely right.

  • RedRaven617

    It took me a moment, but thanks for the laugh!

  • Betsy

    I don’t know. I like the color scheme but the pose is weird.

  • shirab

    My cousin calls this method the “one-cheek sneak.”

  • Jecca2244

    i’m sorry but i don’t think this is a good image! that facial impression is so so bad.

  • Mary_Shelley

    Duck face.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    If Blanche Devereaux and Robocop had a baby…

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m bowing down!

  • ojosazules

    We are so vulgar we have a running joke about models in magazines looking like they just farted. It’s ubiquitous once you notice.

  • Sadie-Ann

    The pose is awful, but this is the most I’ve liked her hair in ages.

  • judybrowni

    Notice no beading on the inner thigh of pants.

    Good idea, that’d be a hell of a burn, and/or make scritchy noises when you walked.

  • Violentcello

    Style, snark and fart jokes. That’s why I come here.

  • E.Nelson

    Firstly, farts are ALWAYS hilarious. Secondly, so is Miley Cyrus’s stylist.

    • Pennymac


  • Kathy

    What a dumb-ass facial expression.

  • boweryboy

    Wow. That’s a whole lotta bedazzling in one outfit. On the other hand, Jamie Bochert is giving me life in the runway photo. Luv huh.

  • beebee10

    Please never stop. Brilliant!!!

  • frannyprof

    If only that were the case. I think if it were, Miley would actually admit it. Which is why I (kindasorta) like her…

  • Cathy S

    She looks gorgeous, but I wish she wasn’t sitting like that.

  • suzq

    The outfit looks like something from The Golden Girls collection, but somehow, she manages to make it work. Her hair is gorgeous. Her pose is full Beiber. She does a dead-on impression of him. It probably went down something like this.

    Miley: Hey guys, wanna see my Justin Beiber impression? I’m like (leaning over) hey girl, like yo!

    Photographer: (snap) (snap) (snap) (snap)

    Editor: We have our cover!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I’m simply relieved that Miley is fully clothed

    • Constant Reader

      Me too! And no tongue.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s been a cool and rainiy day here at B3 central, so I’m happy for small victories such as these.

  • TwiddlyStun

    Oh, go ahead and be vulgar. You are better than I am – I was thinking more like vaginal suppository prep pose.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I was thinking it was the apply hemorrhoidal cream pose.

    • deech_sea

      I thought she wanted to look like she was about to grab herself–the way she does on stage. Her hair and makeup look beautiful–pity about the pose.

  • Terri Terri

    Ha! The one-cheek sneak!!

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I also expect her to say, “Thank you. Thank you vurra much” in an Elvis voice.

  • Lori

    I love that her lips are nude and her eyes aren’t made-up as they usually are. On this cover, she’s not wearing mascara on her bottom lashes which is getting old now.

  • tallgirl1204

    the runway model is thinking “I am NOT putting this wig shot in my portfolio.”

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Is it premature to refer to Miley as the 2014 Fug Madness Winner?

  • MNStargrl

    They put her in pants so she didn’t do the crotch shot…though they probably would have just photo shopped it out

  • Bert Keeter

    Nice claws!

  • demidaemon

    I can’t get over that TLo just called Miley on having a fartface. It’s too great! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • LambeeBaby

    Distracted by the swirly baby hughie hair.

  • GorgeousThings

    No you definitely are not the only ones who had that thought!
    I followed it immediately with “Marc Jacobs is on crack.” But the outfit looks 100 times better on her than on the runway.

  • Linderella

    Yeah, even the intensity in her eyes says, “I just farted.” Or perhaps, “I’m farting right now!”

  • Columbinia

    Nope, didn’t think that. I thought she was posing like Justin Bieber trying to pose like a fake rapper trying to pose like a gangsta. I’ll give you that it is an oddly masculine pose. Maybe she wants to be cast in a male role in a transgender production of “West Side Story.”

  • formerlyAnon

    That pose is kind of “teen figuring out where on the swagger-and-dress-to-express-still-ambiguous-gender-presentation scale.” I can almost hear the half-octave lower than natural “Yo, dude” coming out of that mouth. But she looks good, I think.

  • quiltrx

    It does look like she’s trying to (with thanks to The Sarah Silverman Show) “squeak a henry.”

  • redhead with tattoos

    That face is horrible. How does THAT become the face that graces magazines?? (Not her face overall — the facial expression she’s making here. There wasn’t a single other shot that could’ve worked where she didn’t look like she was about to drool???)

    LOVE the outfit though. It’s awesome and you’re right — it’s perfect for a cover in a way that it wasn’t/isn’t for runway.

  • Fuchsiaforever

    HAHAHAHA you guys…you make me laugh so much! LOL but I totally agree that she looks guilty of….what you accuse her of!! LOL

    RE: the cover, I love the overall color palate, but I don’t really like her so I’m moving on quickly….


  • Gatto Nero

    Nice to see her fully clothed. Killer outfit, too.

  • TLJezebel

    Her hair looks great.

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  • nicewilliams

    Bieber/Cyrus confusion!