Kirsten Dunst for W Magazine

Posted on April 24, 2014

Looking at these pictures now, several hours (and cups of coffee) after we originally picked them to feature to day, we have no idea what we were thinking.

Kirsten-Dunst-W-Magazine-May-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Kirsten Dunst covers the May 2014 issue of W Magazine in Louis Vuitton photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera.

On how she feels about nudity in films: “I don’t mind it if it feels appropriate for the film, but it’s never not nerve-racking.”

On thinking about directing: “Yes. I know that when I find the story, I’ll be completely absorbed in wanting to direct. I haven’t given myself a fair chance at that yet. I’ve directed two short films, and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

On the red carpet: “I have to say it’s the last thing I want to think about. If you have someone who understands how to just make you look like yourself, then you’ve found someone great. I remember a time when it was more fun and not every little thing was critiqued.”


Kirsten-Dunst-W-Magazine-May-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Chloé Bikini | Harry Winston Platinum and Diamond Earrings and Necklace

Kirsten-Dunst-W-Magazine-May-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Michael Kors Dress | Harry Winston Platinum and Diamond Earrings


That bikini shot is AWFUL. Isn’t Sophia Coppola supposed to be her friend? Because that’s some straight up mean girl shit right there, putting that picture in a magazine. She looks like a strung out 50-year-old, desperately trying to seduce the poolboy. Was that the goal and we’re just not getting it?

The second picture’s not horrible, but we have a better impression of the quilt than the Michael Kors dress she’s wearing.

And Kirsten, sweetie, critiquing every little thing on the red carpet is what makes it so fun.


[Photo Credit: Juergen Teller for W Magazine]

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  • RussellH88

    These look like recovered photos from a drug-fueled pool party at Jack Nicholson’s house in the 70’s.

    • Lucía Gavello

      It’s the polaroid effect. I’m going to say it: I don’t like Juergen Teller’s recent work, he ruined W’s movie issue with this same shitty thing.

      • RussellH88

        It’s too much like Terry Richardson for me. If it seemed like it was intentional and it was supposed to seem retro, I’d like it. But I don’t know if that’s the effect.

        • demidaemon

          Well, at least these have backgrounds and some sort of composition.

        • Lucía Gavello

          Ugh, don’t get me started on uncle Terry! I may not like Juergen’s work but that’s a matter of taste, he’s not a creepy asshole.

    • paginatrix

      These photos make her look like Valerie Perrine’s creepy older sister. They give me a sad.

    • holla

      my first thought was that it was a 70’s porn, but I guess it’s the same thing.

  • Dany

    That title font looks like it was written by 4th grade Graphic Design class…

    The bikini shot truly looks like 1997 Courtney Love, and honey? That’s not good.

  • Alicia

    I don’t think Suzanne Somers is a good look for Kiki.

  • Kent Roby

    That cover makes me miss Fiona Apple.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Perhaps she’s been careless with a delicate man?

      • Vee

        ..and it’s a sad, sad, world; when a girl will break a boy just because she can. Sorry, I just had to.

        • Kent Roby

          I’m just glad that I’m not the only one who got the feel of that video from this photo!

          • Vee

            You’re not, I tottally see it.

  • Dogue

    She high

  • Andrew Schroeder

    The bikini shot (and the other two as well) remind me of a lot of the shots in Marie Antoinette, so it makes sense why they would have been chosen.

  • Sarah

    Oh god I’m glad you guys said that bikini pic was bad because I seriously didn’t want to get in trubs for saying so myself but it is TURRIBLE. Bad lighting, bad fit on the cups, bad pose…just heinous. So sorry Kiki, but mustard ain’t your color, either.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Yeah her boobs do not look great in that bikini, and in a picture where it is LITERALLY boobs and up, you would think someone would make them look better!

    • Savin

      SO AGING. I can’t.

  • Anna

    The bikini shot is hilarious (and a bit creepy). If you took that shot and added the “Summer Pleasures” caption, you’d find that in the 2 for $5 romance novels bin at the used book store.

    • giddypony

      I’m sure “Summer Pleasures” cover wouldn’t feature droopy boobs. One wonders to what depths they will sink when unfettered.

      • Anna

        True about the droopy boobs. But the overall cheesiness is definitely discounted romance novel.

        • demidaemon

          Yeah. And it would have to be a contemporary romance, which are always the cheesiest, trashiest tripe. And I say this as someone who understands that they make boatloads of money, still.

          • Sarah

            We call those “Urban Fiction” in the library. Very genteel and PC, considering they have titles like “Justify My Thug” and “Baby Mama Drama”

          • demidaemon

            Those titles were clearly chosen by someone very, very special.

          • Sarah

            I don’t give a rat’s ass that those books tend to celebrate organized crime and prostitution, which seems to scandalize my co-workers, but what kills me is that they are SO BADLY EDITED. Or, rather, not edited at all, it would seem. And I don’t mean use of vernacular, I mean a plethora of typos and astonishingly bad punctuation.

          • SierraDelta

            THANK YOU! Could we please go back to the olden days when grammar, punctuation, continuity, and proper editing were considered important, even if the company in which they found themselves was unworthy of them?

          • Sarah

            Yeah that’s my beef. I tend to think that any subject that gets people to read any book is worth existing, because reason suggests that any reading is better than none, but that logic doesn’t hold if what you’re reading is not enhancing your grasp of the language in any way.

          • SierraDelta

            I wish I could give this a million up votes (at the very least). I agree with you completely!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One of my husband’s disappointments when he had books(non-fiction, history) published was that editors seemed to be a dying breed.

          • Sarah

            Oh, man. I wish so much I could do that for a living, sometimes. Like, at least freelance for extra money. All the writing skills drilled into my head from birth, and nary a credential to get the work.

          • demidaemon

            You know, twenty years ago, that crap wouldn’t have flown. Although, these sound like they might be either a) self-published (not to be mean, but the only copy-editing in self-publishing comes from the author themselves) or b) from a really crummy publishing house. I would be interested to know who the publishers were just so I know to avoid anything they publish in the future.

          • Sarah

            You would have no problem avoiding these. They are usually very easy to spot. You are totally right about crummy publishers; that’s so what’s up.

          • Little_Olive

            I read “titties” instead of “titles”. Oh well.

          • demidaemon

            Those would be some interesting names for one’s breasts.

          • Little_Olive

            Hahahaha “Urban Fiction” and “Baby mama drama” certainly would.

          • Anna

            “As things heat up and passions burn between Kiki and her poolboy, Thane, who will come out on top?”

    • zenobar

      It looks like a Newport Menthols print ad from 1981. Adding that “Summer Pleasures” caption would be the tarry icing on the nicotine cake.

    • pherociouscake

      “Summer Pleasures” – less like a romance novel and more like 70’s amateur porn

      • Anna

        That’s one other possibility.

    • julnyes

      Summer Pleasures sounds like the name of a “feminine wash” product from the 70’s. The box would be pastel and include a battery powered mini-vibrator.

      • Anna

        “Summer Pleasures,” the jokes just write themselves, don’t they.

  • Emily

    You’re right, I’m feeling a Mean Girls VIBE here. Must be the rose.

  • Bexxx

    She looks like the Joker in the last pic. It is frightening.

    • Emily

      I can barely make out her nose.

  • Rhonda Shore

    oh, cry me a river…

  • TrixieConQueso

    As the Speaker For StrungOut 50 Year Olds Who Covet PoolBoys – We would NOT wear that shade of Yellow. KTHXBAI.

    • Danielle

      Madam Speaker, I move to ban that color from any future uses and appearances.

      • scoobynacks


      • Glam Dixie


  • smh4748

    I actually like that her body looks natural in the bikini shot. That said, I agree that her face is… not quite right in that one. The lighting is incredibly aging.

    I LOVE the quilt in the last photo, but I am pretty sure the photographer took the picture with his iPhone + Instagram.

    • Watts

      I know – I didn’t see anything but the quilt in that last shot because I COVET IT.

      • Watts

        I love yoyos on quilts, which is why it pained me to see that one Project Runway contestant so many seasons ago try to put them on damn near everything.

        • Heatherbelle

          I love the quilt too – the yoyos and the colours, it’s perfect. And I remember the dreadful uses they were put to in Project Runway – the contestant called them something else, didn’t she? And someone else called them “Granny circles”! Was it Angela who was using them very badly?? In fact did Angela herself proudly call them Granny circles? My memory is fading.

    • a_liking

      yes, if nothing else, I appreciate that her body appears to have been not heavily retouched in that pic. to the people commenting about her droopy boobs – come on, if they had photoshopped her into having fuller breasts we’d all be complaining!

      • WordyDoodles

        YES. Thank you! I really appreciate that these photos seem less photoshopped than most other spreads we see.

    • Aldona Dye

      I agree! She’s a thirty year old woman, and although she’s famous and healthy, she’s not a supermodel. This is what her body should look like, this is what many womens’ bodies look like! It’s nice to have that show up in a high fashion magazine, and not in a “OMG Stars Without Their Makeup!!” story.

  • 25or6to4

    While I appreciate the fact that there is underwire in her bikini top, the way it fits (or, more accurately, doesn’t) are making my girls wince in sympathy. Also, the Terry Richardson-esque lighting is doing her no favors.

  • International Model

    >She looks like a strung out 50-year-old, desperately trying to seduce the poolboy.

    So, we are agreed she looks like Gwyneth Paltrow in that picture?

  • alyce1213

    That is probably the worst, least flattering magazine cover and spread I’ve ever seen.

    • Kayceed

      You wonder why she/her entourage signed off on them. They are really pretty bad. Gosh, can you imagine what the rejects must have looked like?

      • demidaemon

        I’m guessing final approval was not part of her contract. Big mistake there, Dunst.

  • NMMagpie

    Not a great series of images but great lippy, though.

    • Alicia

      I was actually impressed that in the cover shot they show the feathering.

  • MilaXX

    She’s been saying particularly stupid things in interviews lately so an editorial where she loos less than great is just a fail all around. None of these pictures are that flattering.

  • Denise Rambo

    The only thing good about that bikini shot is the necklace.

    • Denise Rambo

      Something about Kirsten Dunst has always creeped me out.

      • Wink

        Me, too! From her role as the ‘woman trapped in a girl’s body’ in Interview with the Vampire, to her ‘mean girl’ role in Mona Lisa Smile… she always seems like someone that you DON’T want as an enemy. Ever.

        • L’Anne

          But Drop Dead Gorgeous is hilarious. “Mom still cries everytime she sees a Tilt-a-Whirl or a fat lady in a tube top.”

  • Capt. Renault

    Did she take back that stupid thing she said in Harper’s?

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      What did she say?

      • Capt. Renault

        That you need a man and a woman for a relationship to work.

        • demidaemon

          I would say, “Probably not.” Not that I am actually going to go out and look. Once you say it, you can’t really take it back, no matter how much you backtrack, explain, or apologize.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I’m all for a little jewelry poolside, but a diamond necklace???

  • Ashleigh

    I actually kind of like the retro/kooky look that these photos have – they feel like something an “ordinary” person would take a photo of…and, doesn’t look at ALL like Richardson to me.

    • boweryboy

      Teller and Richardson have a similar aesthetic, but with Teller there seems to be a modicum of talent and understanding of composition behind his photos.

    • Imasewsure

      The “realness” is similar I guess but these aren’t sleazy or randomly sexualized (and degrading) so I’m not seeing heavy Richardson here either. I kind of like these shots too… retro candid I guess?

    • zenobar

      I agree, the lighting is too natural and she doesn’t have the creepy lacquered look of Richardson’s subjects.

  • Violentcello

    The Michael Kors may as well be a shirt, but I love it.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who heard “bow chicka wow wow” with those last 2 shots. Horrible lighting, posing, accessories. Bad, very bad.

  • d4divine

    I’m gonna let myself think that there is some irony here that I’m missing.

  • Danielle

    I don’t know about you but I always wear thousands of dollars of diamonds when I swim.

  • MzzPants

    “photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera.”

    What the hell were they thinking? Kristin, honey, have your fiercest gay rip these bitches a new one. And unfriend Sophia.

  • Sarah

    HA! Sorry – just noticed that the cover says “What’s Wrong With a Little Refinement?” NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. Put a Marilyn suit on that girl, for chrissake. And not a yellow one. And a big, classy sun hat.

  • decormaven

    When I think of the pleasures of summer, none of my thoughts are even remotely related to any of these looks. These are all quite unfortunate.

  • TAGinMO

    Bookmarking this comment thread, so I can re-read it the next time I wonder why some poor starlet has been Photoshopped to within an inch of her life in a magazine editorial.

    • Dee

      I’m glad someone made this point actually. I found myself surprised by the skin on her right side, and then realized I expected it to be photoshopped flat. She’s a very thin woman… her side looks like that because EVERYONE’s does when they bend. I agree that the lighting isn’t flattering, but I think that our gut reaction (she looks bad!) is evidence of how completely used to photoshopped “perfection” we’ve gotten. I’m pretty sure feminist theory can explain why that’s problematic.

    • scoobynacks

      You can look natural, sans Photoshop, and look better than this. It’s not some anti-feminist thing to say so. I feel no remorse whatsoever for thinking it. She’s not some poor starlet. She’s been in this a long time and did this on purpose. And if she’s gonna want a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman, she doesn’t get to get huffy about not measuring up to some standard about what a woman should look like in pictures in a magazine. Embrace a stereotype or don’t, Kiki.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I don’t think Photoshop would help here. Her hair color looks brassy and cheap. Her lip color is unflattering to her. The bathing suit is ugly– is it yellow neoprene? And the idea of being in a pool in a huge diamond necklace and holding a rose is very cougar. The whole thing makes her look much older than she is. I’m sure in real life, if Kirsten Dunst were in a pool in her bathing suit, she would look much better (and more natural) than this.

    • WordyDoodles

      Hear hear.

  • KinoEye

    Juergen Teller, kindly get off the Terry Richardson bandwagon. No matter how trendy, shitty pictures are shitty pictures, and it makes me angry to think of the thousands you and others are getting paid to produce mediocre images.

    And I don’t know about you, but when I’m 50, I fully intend to hang out in my pool with Harry Winston jewelry, desperately trying to seduce the poolboy after an afternoon bender. And have pictures of it taken for W Magazine.

  • NurseEllen

    I don’t understand: these photos are supposed to represent “refinement”?? I beg to differ…….aging Lolita pose is NEVER refined.

  • Imasewsure

    Aging cougar pool shot for sure but I still kind of like it… guess it feels like she’s in on the joke? Dunno

  • Nancer

    Oh my, that shot in the pool is just bad. Shame on them for picking that to publish! There had to be better choices….

  • mjude

    I adore her but this…no

  • rockin robin

    I don’t know, after all the photoshopped-to-death pictures I’ve seen recently, I guess I’m glad to see that they didn’t feel the need to make her look like a fembot? But yeah, the lighting’s terrible.

    • alliekat9090

      I agree. It was jarring to look at a fashion shoot in which the subject looks like a real human being. Rather like that aspect of it.

  • Kate4queen

    The quilt is beautiful. :)

  • somebody blonde

    The sad thing is, she looks good from the clavicle up in the bikini shot- her face/coloring is really well suited to the greenery behind her. But the lighting on her chest is so unflattering that it ruins the whole shot.

  • sagecreek

    The bikini shot is classically bad.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I think I liked her better when I only heard lines from her that were provided by actual writers.

  • crash1212

    I was thinking everything from the necklace up on that bikini picture is about the best she’s ever looked. The bikini is crap.

  • Resl

    That is one bad fitting bikini.

  • suzq

    “If you have someone who understands how to just make you look like yourself, then you’ve found someone great.” Kirsten, keep looking.

  • malarson2

    The pale pink rose, the faded-out shrubbery to her left, and her face all look the same to me. If they had put the rose in the place of her face, the shrubs at the end of rose’s stem, and her face out there in the shrubs I’m not sure any of us would notice. But it might make us like it better…

  • demidaemon

    This one needs some thicker skin for real. After that last interview TLo featured, I’m so over her. And these shots+ not great. Somebody read that interview, was obviously pissed about it and had the clout to make her look not great.

  • texashistorian

    Well, at least now we know that Sophia Coppola has yet another thing she has no talent for.

  • SusannaGA

    The pool shot — Cheryl Ladd? Lee Anne Rimes?

  • SierraDelta

    These look like they were photographed by a primary-color-loving kindergartner.

  • MK03

    Pretty but vacant: Just like everything Sofia Coppola slaps her name on.

  • pepper76

    I do not understand the hipster love for Juergen Teller.

  • yllas

    Well, I’m a clueless idiot because I thought the pool picture was pretty! (and I have a crystal necklace not unlike the real one. I’ve only worn it once and will probably never wear it again, but I love it.)

  • Michael Martin

    Years ago I read on a blog (Go Fug Yourself?) that an anagram of Kirsten Dunst is Dr. Sunken Tits. I think of this every time I see a picture of her.

  • Little_Olive

    I’ve always had quite the soft spot for Kiki, I’m not sure why. But honey, you are not leading a counterculture movement or being any cooler just because your boobs to look like pancakes instead of melons.

  • quiltrx

    That’s a great yo-yo quilt, at least.