As editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Samira Nasr has definitely demonstrated she’s capable of securing the best of the best when it comes to selecting cover stars. We’ve encountered everyone from Jane Fonda to Beyoncé to Precious Lee to Imaan Hammam. Now Dr. Jill Biden appears on the freedom issue for June/July 2022. Photographed by Cass Bird and styled by Samira, the American educator stands on the steps of the Merchants’ Exchange Building in Philadelphia wearing a suit from Ralph Lauren (below) and greets customers at a local restaurant for the alternative cover (after the jump).
The covers failed to impress our forum members. “This cover is giving nothing. It’s so drab. Could they not have done a different background?” remarked BlueRuin.
“This will go right in the garbage,” proclaimed jal718.
“Awkward posing. The second image is a disaster,” disapproved Royal-Galliano.
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Benn98 is far from impressed: “Can’t believe Cass Bird gets to shoot a first lady and this is the result. I like Jill Biden’s public image, but this cover is dull and the image is certainly not cover-worthy.”
“This is exactly why I am against putting politicians (first ladies included) on the covers of fashion magazines. They bring nothing to the table. Give them a feature inside and call it a day,” commented avonlea002.
“We should have a drinking game where you take a sip every time Samira signs off on a god-awful cover,” aracic pointed out.
“Don’t think it’s a bad photo of her, but it feels impersonal and the mixed messaging of the cover is odd,” noted KINGofVERSAILLES.
“The art direction makes this look more patriotic toward France (could even well be Brigitte Macron from afar),” stated vogue28.
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