Penelope Cruz For Vogue Paris May 2010

Despite the obvious difficulties of choosing one representative title for an article describing Vogue Paris May 2010 issue, I’ll have to go for guest editor Penelope Cruz holding the main credentials for this Cannes special French Vogue.

Three covers seem to be available for this particular issue: one featured right below with star actresses Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and, biensur, Penelope Cruz. All wearing (RED)Hot tees. The second cover (you can find it right after the jump) pictures Penelope Cruz demi-profiled by Bono the great (which would explain half the mystery of the first cover – the (RED) t-shirts). And a third cover (hope to get my eyes on pretty soon and share it with you UPDATE: I added the third cover, you can see it at the very end of this article) showing living legend Meryl Streep alongside Penelope Cruz. (the story continues right after the jump!)

Meryl Kate Naomi Gwyneth Julianne Penelope Vogue Paris May 2010 cover

This Cannes issue sounds pretty special (as far as the main guest-edited story goes): Penelope Cruz photographing Salma Hayek and Javier Bardem wtith Sean Penn. Penelope Cruz fashion spread the spring season. John Galliano’s collage story about Almodovar and Penelope Cruz, Almodovar interviewing Jeanne Moreay. Everything seems to revolve around Penelope. Which is not a bad thing.

Penelope Cruz Bono Vogue Paris May 2010 cover

I’m not entirely clarified as to why they’re wearing (RED) products on the cover, neither on why Bono has to be in a fashion magazine (dealing with Cannes). Have you any ideas? (As for they being Photoshopped beyond recognition is such a trivial talk and tiring obsession for magazine covers, I’d rather stay out of it and just frown in disappointment.) (via 1, 2, 3)

Penelope Cruz Meryl Streep Vogue Paris May 2010 cover

18 comments

#1 HighVoltageBlonde on 04.20.10 at 10:13 am

RED was started by Bono – it’s his campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. He and Penelope (amongst others) have worked together before.

#2 Ellington on 04.20.10 at 11:20 am

This looks interesting. I would like to check it out. : )
I like Penelope Cruz she seems like an interesting person.

#3 Adriana on 04.21.10 at 7:23 am

I’m singing “It’s a family affair, it’s a family affair…..”

Gosh, these (Spanish) were my faves since the late 80′s. And look now….. Penélope has always been involved in charity since her younger early days in the Spanish cinema. Way before Hollywood. Kudos to that woman. Bono, is co-founder of RED not just founder. It’s a collaboration. Never ever forget Elizabeth Taylor who got that ball rolling. Kudos to Liz too.
But this cover looks a bit odd to me. Interesting but odd. Did the ladies pose all together? Great the grand old lady of the French Cinema, Jeanne Moreau gets attention. She’s a living legend. I find Meryl Streep and icon but don’t want to call her a legend yet. Too young? She deserves the title that’s not my point.
I get it why they pay attention to RED. Cannes has it’s famous auction for AIDS and HIV prevention and it’s quite an event. So that can be a good reason and it’s still necessary.

I’m gonna purchase this issue even though I struggle with the French language.

#4 Robopad on 04.21.10 at 11:24 am

I use to respect Penelope Cruz, untill she showed her support for the child ra**st Polanski.

#5 Adriana on 04.21.10 at 11:46 am

I do respect and support Samantha Geimer, the child victim ,who has deliberately asked to dismiss this case. She wants to move on now she’s in her 40′s and has two children. Of late she asked it again. She doesn’t need the media attention who has entered her quiet life.
This case smells fishy to me. Samantha was there at that age with the permission of her parents in Jack Nicholson’s house. Anjelica Huston was there too at the time. The free sexual morals at the end of the 70′s were very different. The parents thought maybe their girl could have a film career? Further a lot of girls that age are very mature. There’s a lot to say about this case. Samantha herself has declared that Polanski has suffered enough now and want to let go of it all.
Why are there so less people that want to listen to the “victim”? Because people loves trials? They love to see blood?

End of the story is that there are now four other children victims too. Samantha’s two children and Polanski’s two children. Ever thought about that? I have!

#6 HighVolategBlonde on 04.21.10 at 1:57 pm

There are just as many web sites claiming Penelope did not sign that petition. Always consider the source. I don’t know if we can post links, so I’ve copied and pasted this from what I consider a very legit site. (National news org):

“It seems the more attention Cruz gets, the more she’s misunderstood. She insists she never signed a petition to free director Roman Polanski, and when asked about a 2006 London article in which she was quoted as saying she doesn’t believe in marriage and wouldn’t feel complete until she adopts a child, she retorts, “That interview was completely fabricated.”

I guess we’ll never know the real truth, but I don’t think she signed it.

#7 Ellington on 04.21.10 at 2:42 pm

As for Polankski Adriana, the case no longer belongs to the “victim”
It is the State of California vs Polanski. She has no say in the matter about him being let off per se.
He did it and he has to pay for what he did. He was only able to run away because he is wealthy and famous. If he was not do you think for even a moment that some people would be so concerned to let him go?
Also just because the social mores of the 70′s were lacks or open does not make it right nor the fact that Anjelica and Jack were there too. That is a moot point.
There is no trial to be had Polanski simply has to be formally sentenced and to serve his time, and he ran away from that.
In closing how on earth is it fair to other victims and predators of rape that he gets away with it just because Samantha wants to move on with her life and she has kids? If they the victims and the victims families have to go through what happened to them and if the men and sometimes women who do rape have to serve their sentences why on earth should not Polanski?
Or is it as it is to paraphrase George Orwell’s ” Animal Farm” “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.”?
This has nothing to do with wanting blood to me, but it has everything to do with justice.

#8 Adriana on 04.21.10 at 3:54 pm

Ja, ja, I saw these arguments coming of course. I’ve heard them all before. I was in the shower and thought let’s add something to my opinion. But there are yet replies.

- Or is it as it is to paraphrase George Orwell’s ” Animal Farm” “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.”? –

Yes, it is in my world. I’ve never learnt or have noticed that it’s not like that. Alas. And we all know it is like this! The Vatican???Just an example to stick like cases like this…….

In this case I’m on Samantha’s side and agree with her arguments. Switzerland should be ashamed of themselves since Polanski has
his home their for years and they let him travel free in and out their country for years as the neutral country they are. So why this change? That’s the fishy part to me. Polanski has been punished enough says Samantha who doesn’t even want to be called a victim anymore. Her life is upside down thanks to “justice”. Great. And the lives of four other children are ruined too all in the name of so called justice.
Although I admire Polanski for his work I’ve always found him a sort of dirty old man. He also was involved with very young Nastassja Kinski.
He’s married now for more then 20 years, an old man of 76. He has suffered enough in his lifetime. Let go…..let go of it…..

However I do not agree with the petition that his peers made to free Polanski because his work is so important to the world of the arts, though it is, but I can not go with that reason. I wouldn’t have signed a petition like that. But Samantha’s request (again) after Polanski was arrested to dismiss the case and if there was such a petition I would have signed that one……

I get the drift of the people that doesn’t agree with my opinion. But this is mine……so let’s change the slogan: Free Samantha!

I’ve no idea if Penélope has signed the petition though? I can’t remember it.

#9 Adriana on 04.21.10 at 4:14 pm

I had to google and found the text of the petition to Free Polanski. Here’s a part with some names:

“The petition has now been signed by more than 70 film industry luminaries, including Polanski’s fellow directors Michael Mann, Woody Allen, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, Julian Schnabel, the Dardenne brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar-Wai, Walter Salles and Jonathan Demme. Actors Tilda Swinton, Isabelle Adjani, Monica Bellucci, and Asia Argento, as well as producer Harvey Weinstein, have also put their names on the petition.”

I’ve also found a longer list with names of those who signed this petition. Penélope’s name is not on one off those lists…..??

#10 Ellington on 04.21.10 at 4:18 pm

As for the Vatican they should be punished for what they let happen to the children that suffered and their families. And it will not be forgotten, there will be a reckoning.
As for Samantha, as I said this not about her anymore. When the charges were pressed and he was convicted it was not about her anymore. It is Polanski vs the State. It would be about her if she chose to personally sue Polanski in a Civil case.Then she can and could make that choice.
I have no interest in her or her history or her family, and I honestly don’t think many people do either.
I am just interested in seeing justice done and yes the Vatican is getting away with it for now, I honestly believe that they will get theirs.
As for Polanski he did what he did and he ran away. He has to serve his time, just because he is old, rich, made wonderful films or whatever, it does not matter, it does not excuse him, he did what he did.
It well may be as Orwell said in his novella for some, but as for me I hold the hope and believe that it is not and what goes around comes around. I take what Orwell wrote as a poignant lesson and sage words and as a learning point not as a depressing nihilistic fact of life.

On this my dear Adriana we will have to agree to disagree.

#11 Rob Schneider rules on 04.21.10 at 4:19 pm

How weird – I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who one of them was – I had to look for the name at the bottom: Kate Winslet. I guess she doesn’t look like herself here or the flash photography washes out her features or something?

#12 HighVolategBlonde on 04.21.10 at 5:49 pm

I forgot this thread wasn’t about Polanski – that scandal obviously pushes a lot of buttons – anyway I think Kate looks different too. I think she’s lost weight, which makes her cheekbones more prominent. She’s always been somewhat curvaceous and full .. Could be make-up, and/or the angle of the camera, but she just looks thinner than usual to me.

#13 Adriana on 04.21.10 at 6:41 pm

Ellington, I hear you. Still I stick to my opinion. But I know we can disagree without hard feelings.:)
I read tonight that President Sarkozy (of France) has written a personal letter to President Obama about the matter…tjsa…

Back to the original story: this Vogue and its three covers. I didn’t recognise Kate and Gwyneth either. And see how awkward Julianne looks??
I like the other covers. Nice photography.

#14 Robopad on 04.22.10 at 4:17 am

I lost total respect for Meryl Streep too, When asked by yet another traitor David Letterman if she wanted the United States to win the Iraq war, she hesitated and responded that that was a loaded question. I believe Americans should boycott her movies, and let her make a living abroad.

#15 kpriss on 04.22.10 at 5:12 am

I wonder how many of the notorious names on the signed petition really know what it was about, really know the story. Some (people, in general, not only celeb) autograph papers without even knowing if it’s the first copy of the Constitution or the Care Instructions for some couch. (randomly picked examples)

The sad truth is that in some circles (industries, however you’d like to name them) like entertainment, fashion, even advertising, there’s a very thin line between morality and what we’d normally call perverted behavior. Take for instance not further than Terry Richardson’s case. Which is not the only one, I’m certain. It got buried under honorable testimonies of fellow fashionworkers, esteemed editors, photographers and models vowing for his innocence and moral integrity. Cases like this one and Polanski’s one make me feel the world is really falling apart and the smaller we are, the more insignificantly we live our lives, the better we are, for more than a thousand reasons.

As for Robopad – I do not wish to stir up the controversy even further, but how many people you know (or look up to because of their wisdom and experience) hurry in answering a “loaded” question easily? Taking one side or another in cases you’re not fully aware of the implications or the undergrounds is not a wise thing. Especially for public persons (who, as we’ve seen above, can be interviewed exclusively without ever saying one word or can sign papers they didn’t even know they existed).

The public opinion is one truly powerful weapon.

#16 Adriana on 04.22.10 at 6:53 am

Kpriss, I do not want stir up more controversy: but I think that in ALL circles where power is the word this things are “normal”. And our world still moves on…..yes, the way it moves on is questionable…..I only raised my voice on the behalf of Samantha Geimer and her family.

#17 Ellington on 04.22.10 at 7:31 am

Well said Kpriss, well said.

#18 High Voltage Blonde on 04.22.10 at 11:30 am

Well now I feel compelled to comment on the Polanski thing, which I’ll admit I haven’t closely followed since it all flared back up. Way back when I kind of felt sorry for him because his wife (Sharon Tate) was murdered by that animal Charles Manson. I also agree that we – the public – rarely if ever get the whole story.. It was her word against his, right? And it was the 70′s or late 60′s – such a different time than now. But he did admit guilt.. but if she’s moved on and gotten on w/her life .. again, I don’t know. What I do know is that he made a movie last year that had Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall (sp?) and others.. and I didn’t run out and see it even though it got very good reviews across the board, and I’m a movie lover. He also did Rosemary’s Baby and some other excellent movies, all of them probably came out before most of you were even born. Oh well. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I guess that’s the bottom line.

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