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Magazine cover roundup: May 2019


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As many fashion magazines begin to release their May covers, there's a whole host of strong, independent women at the heart of them - and championing female empowerment and erradicating stereotypes present themselves as common themes throughout.

From Vogue to Cosmo, we take a look at the cover stars of May's glossy prints so far:


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Elle Magazine 

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Kicking it off is actress Jodie comer for Elle Magazine. The Killing Eve star was propelled into the high fashion scene thanks to her Molly Goddard-wearing character, Villanelle - and as season two is about to hit screens, we’re not surprised to see a fresh-faced Jodie on the cover.

Styled in Prada’s Spring 2019 collection, Comer is the perfect cover star for the magazine’s Modern Love issue.



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From her ground-breaking documentaries and Strictly victory, to her on-trend fashion sense - it seems no one can  get enough of Stacey Dooley. So, it’s no wonder Cosmo have jumped on the Dooley bandwagon too.

Refreshingly, the star revealed on Instagram that the shoot was done entirely using second-hand clothes from Oxfam – a move away from the traditional luxe fashion cupboard that comes with glossy print, with a nice nod to fashion sustainability. Well done Cosmo. 


British Vogue

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‘Forever Kate’ couldn’t be more true as modelling legend and Vogue contributing editor Kate Moss proves she’s still a fashion muse as she poses for British Vogue.

Styled in 60s and 70s Anita Pallenberg Archive, stylist Kate Phelan pairs the ensemble with a stand-out Gucci hat with feather detailing. Showcasing a pastel colour palette, the cover oozes classic, soft, sophistication... and we love it. 



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After being hailed by Michelle Obama as ‘the voice of the next generation’, who better to front Porter’s second annual Incredible Girl issue than 19-year-old actress, producer and activist Yara Shahidi? The TV powerhouse is Porter’s first ever teen cover star as she fronts the magazine’s summer edition, which aims to celebrate Gen Z women across the world.

Yara looks radiant as she poses in SS19 Balenciaga on the standard edition of the magazine, while subscribers are treated to an entirely monochrome cover, featuring a metallic blazer from Michael Kors. 


Harper's Bazaar

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Girl power is in full throttle in magazine land this month and Harpers Bazaar is no exception. Game of Thrones star, Sophie Turner, styled in Givenchy Haute Couture and Louis Vuitton jewellery, graces the cover in a fairytale-like set up featuring spring sunshine and mythical creatures galore - including a unicorn.

The images are captured by photographer, Richard Phibbs, for the May edition, described by the magazine as ‘where fashion meets fantasy’. Game of Thrones may be ending but if this cover is anything to go by, Sophie Turner isn’t leaving its fantasy land any time soon.


British Vogue 'non-issue' special

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‘What a woman’ is what many are saying after British Vogue released its ‘ageless special’ supplement with no other than acting and modelling legend, Jane Fonda, 81, on the cover - styled by Simon Robins. The supplement, dubbed the “Non-Issue” issue, aims to dismiss the notion that age can hold a woman back.

Since Edward Enninful took over as editor-in-chief of the magazine, Vogue has been widely praised for the diversity of its cover stars, and with Jane Fonda now on the list, the magazine is continuing to pave the way for the breakdown of female stereotypes.  


Marie Claire

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While Jodie Comer graced the front of Elle Magazine, her Killing Eve co-star, acting powerhouse Sandra Oh, is the latest of three cover stars for Marie Claire’s May issue. She joins Westworld’s Thandie Newton and A Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, who also feature on their own covers.

Titled ‘Women of the hour’, the issue aims to celebrate strong and powerful women in TV and they couldn’t have a more perfect line-up. Sandra looks glowing on her cover, styled by Shiona Turiniand and rocking minimal makeup. 


Lead image credit: Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

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