Using a paps photo for a magazine cover is not that hard to believe when talking about tabloids. But Harper’s Bazaar’s July 2009 cover girl is Angelina Jolie and no, she didn’t pose for it!
Shamefully profiting from Angelina’s continuing fame and sells raising self, Harper’s Bazaar took a picture (an old one too – a Red Carpet picture of Angelina at the Benjamin Button premiere from December 2008) of hers and made a splashingly boring summer cover out of it. Is that because Angelina is too busy to pose for Harper’s or…? (the story continues with more pictures right after the jump)
Luckily there’s a subscribers cover to this issue. And the subcover is far more interesting and beautiful than this paps Angelina main cover. Covering the subscribers cover, for connaisseurs only, Doutzen Kroes! Is this the beginning of a new covers era? A Getty Cover for Harper’s Bazaar! We all know and hate how the economy crunch has its hands all over, but should we not take a stand before maghappennings like this one, soon everything will fall to pieces. Every bit of our treasured magazine love and photography amazement slowly and steadily falling pray to King Profit.
On the other hand, this could be the very sum of our current reality. Paps photography can be taken for art. Contemporary, unretouched, unstaged and unprepared. A snap and you’ve made the cover! Million of worldwide Internet users would not feel offended by a cover like this one. It’s like a supreme confirmation that paps photography will prevail in a world of shallowness and reality-shows-hunger. Why should Harper’s Bazaar (or Vogue) be higher/smarter than the average taste? (photos via)