Cover Girl: Penelope Cruz for GQ UK
GQ UK June 2011 Issue
Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Stylist: George Cortina
Slip by Agent Provocateur. Dress by Yves Saint Laurent
Guys, HOW DO YOU SCREW UP A PENELOPE CRUZ PICTURE? The lighting on her face is extremely unflattering. We kind of hate the hair too. It reminds us of a bad drag version of Sophia Loren. Penelope’s been subtly courting a “21st Century Sophia” image ever since she did that Nine movie. It’s not a bad idea, but when you literally make her up and pose her like an early ’60s version of Sophia, it just doesn’t work. Not for us. She’s no less beautiful than Sophia (arguably), and she’s sultry and sexy in that latin way that both women embody, but the bottom line is she’s not Sophia. And she’s been around long enough that she shouldn’t have to rely on making these types of connections in the minds of her audience.
Also, female actresses should never, ever rely on men’s magazines to make them look glamorous and beautiful. Their first goal is to make you look fuckable. Never forget that, starlets.
Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Freja Beha Erichsen (IMG)
[Image Credit: thefashionspot.com]