You’ll often catch us down at the newsstand shaking our heads in sheer disbelief at the sight of the same old faces greeting us time and time again, but this month, a select few magazines heard our desperate cries. Marie Claire just gave us a brilliant Missy Elliott cover, Ariana Grande made her debut on Vogue and now Allure has opted for some fresh new talent for August 2019. The mag picked rising tennis star Naomi Osaka to go before the lens of Wai Lin Tse captured under the blue skies of Mallorca.
Did Naomi deserve better? “Weird pose. And I don’t like how her face is almost entirely covered by her hair,” critiqued mikel.
“Playing imaginary tennis by the sea. It’s a beauty magazine and hair is an important part of that — but showcasing her hair seems more important than seeing the person behind it,” added tigerrouge.
“All sorts of awful, dislike just about everything the cover has to offer in terms of photography, styling and direction, but I admire the fact Allure has endorsed Naomi Osaka as opposed to Serena Williams showing up on her umpteenth fashion magazine cover,” vogue28 chimed in.
“It’s a refreshing cover and also glad that they chose Osaka, but there are a lot of things about it that could’ve been done better,” commented SLFC.
But not everyone was left underwhelmed. “Great cover choice! Happy to see Naomi get a cover! There are more athletes besides Serena out there!” raved mathiaskatz.
“Naomi Osaka is a good choice for a cover — a true rising star! And I do like the cover, too, despite the hair. The cover line and the pose go together. She’s quite shy so I think the pose kind of brings out her true personality, which makes me warm up to the cover,” reasoned TommysBaby.
Benn98 liked the cover, too. “Very happy to see her book such a big cover! She’s beating Serena again, fair and square, LOL! The styling looks great against that setting and I oddly enough like the pose.”