We’re used to seeing Bella Hadid greet us down at the newsstand and already just three months into 2020, we’ve encountered Bella on LOVE, Vogue Hong Kong and ELLE France. Now the current face of Moschino, Burberry and Helmut Lang (just to name a few) makes a stunning return to Vogue Korea for April 2020 morphing into her doppelgänger Carla Bruni for the occasion. Captured in the studio before a gray backdrop, Bella stands tall in a jumpsuit from Gucci’s Spring 2020 collection selected by Hyunji Nam for the black and white shot by Luigi & Iango.
Immediately, the cover sparked debate on our forums. “Pretentious cover,” declared MON the moment the cover dropped.
“Who allowed this mess?” asked anadmm.
“Bella by Luigi & Iango and we get this? Shame on Vogue Korea…” added russianelf.
In the same frame of mind was TommysBaby: “Her nose looks botched and her expression, as per usual, looks like she’s disgusted. This is not a cover image. I cannot fathom this standing out on the newsstand. Very forgettable, indeed.”
GivenchyHomme wasn’t enthralled by the outcome, either. “The lighting is so bad. Just look at the tip of her nose! Then the rest of her face is dull and washed out. Even if she had her head down, it probably wouldn’t work, either. If you’re going for Steven Meisel, pay more mind to your lighting. It will make or break a shot.”
“Immediately gave me vintage Vogue Italia vibes and I’m not complaining. In the grand scheme of magazine covers nowadays, this is by no means dreadful, but I do wish Bella was looking straight down Luigi & Iango’s lens or the pose was a little stronger,” voiced vogue28.
“Love everything about this, very 90s Meisel for Vogue Italia and I always love a full-length Vogue cover!” praised Miss Dalloway.