For 28 years, the annual Hollywood edition of Vanity Fair has been the publication’s most anticipated issue of the year. The magazine’s most iconic covers have been captured by Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Emmanuel Lubezki, Ethan James Green along with Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. The photographic duo is back for 2022 profiling eight of Hollywood’s shining stars with eight covers. Nicole Kidman, Idris Elba, Kristen Stewart, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simu Liu, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Andrew Garfield appear on the vibrant and collectible covers.
The covers split our forums. “I love the campiness of these covers,” admired crmsnsnwflks.
“Absolutely love all of them! They are so over the top, but that suits the Hollywood theme perfectly,” [Piece Of Me] points out.
“The retouching is insane, but it suits the plastic glam Hollywood theme they’ve got going. This year they got it right with five of the leading nominees scoring covers,” declared KINGofVERSAILLES.
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Not everyone, however, is thrilled. “What I hate about this is that it lacks the humor and the glamour. This just looks goofy and cheap,” said Marc10.
“While I understand the end result is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, fun and kitsch, the overediting is just far too apparent and looks rather cartoonish,” adds vogue28.
“These are so tragic. The direction of the whole thing seems so undignified for ‘serious’ actors,” complained MyNameIs.
“This magazine has become such a parody of itself. The glory days are well and truly gone,” states an unimpressed mepps.
“Vanity Fair as we knew it is long gone so maybe this is the best we’re going to get at this point,” voiced tigerrouge.
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