8:47 am - 06/18/2012

Modern Supermodels Cover W July 2012

The new faces of fashion (Joan Smalls is the newsstand cover, Karlie Kloss is the subscriber).

Pre-note: idk why W decided to make them look so similar. They really don't look alike irl (two girls on the left):


Joan by Meisel.

Karlie by Meisel.

(should have been her cover imo)

And just for fun, both Karlie and Joan have gorgeous edits in this month's US Vogue (the Emma Stone issue).

Joan (with the inimitable Lara Stone) by Mert and Marcus.

Karlie by Testino.

Double bonus: back to W July, old school but always timeless super Naomi Campbell by Emma Summerton.

Sources for all your HQ needs: 1 | 2 | 3

Two future icons + two forever icons = fabulous.
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patiently 18th-Jun-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad to see my girl joan getting more exposure. she's so beautiful.
amkf 18th-Jun-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ugh, they fucked with Joan Smalls skin tone, didn't they?
calcified 18th-Jun-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
To be honest, they added more to Karlie (by far) than they took away from Joan.
silentsymphonie 18th-Jun-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
It's still some pretty blatant white-washing though. Although looking at more of her photos she looks lighter than the backstage picture the OP posted so idk.

Edited at 2012-06-18 04:38 pm (UTC)
winegums 18th-Jun-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
yeah, Karlie is practically orange on the cover.
ialmrnt5 18th-Jun-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
no, the cover is pretty accurate, shes just light skinned & they put a ton of bronzer on karlie
feathersandgold 18th-Jun-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
yeah, i noticed too
leelah 18th-Jun-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
that's what i was thinking. she and karlie are practically the same skintone on these covers. sigh.
manicpixiegirl 18th-Jun-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
karlie is not cute
xtinkerbellax 18th-Jun-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Joan is gorg and I still can't really get into Karlie but I feel like I appreciate her more than I used to.
camillesaens 18th-Jun-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
I really like the makeup, so bronzey and summery. im finally into bronzer
dirtychickentoy 18th-Jun-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow. They actually managed two completely different looking people to look the same.
killerqueen 18th-Jun-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
mte. It's so bizarre.
nathanandbarry 18th-Jun-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
i know. I was hella confused at first.
horrorparties 18th-Jun-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
really adore karlie's vogue shoot
calcified 18th-Jun-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Me too! Every shot is so bright and striking.
fabouluz 18th-Jun-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
bellwetherr 18th-Jun-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
yeah everything but the white girl dancing with the tribal men shot. jfc vogue.
trop_fort 19th-Jun-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I don't think they're ~tribal, it's capoeira and can be practiced by anyone, but primarily by Brazilians.
myxwill 18th-Jun-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
fabouluz 18th-Jun-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
My subscriptions always turn up weeks late, so frustrating.
heart_iswild 18th-Jun-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
i think karlie is an excellent model but i really don't think she's pretty. her face just does nothing for me
heart_iswild 18th-Jun-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
and UNF @ lara. but did she bleach her eyebrows again?
simplychristina 18th-Jun-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Same. But this is my issue with Lara Stone. She's striking and is a great model and has a killer body but her face is just eh to me (even with mouth closed).

I like her personality a lot from what I've seen though.

Edited at 2012-06-18 04:35 pm (UTC)
heart_iswild 18th-Jun-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
ah, i love faces like lara's. so conventionally beautiful but flawed at the same time (the gap tooth/bleached eyebrows)

karlie's face is just so average and regular. idk the appeal!
kwikimart 18th-Jun-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
telepathic 18th-Jun-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
ia. she strikes great poses. but her face is just average.
shrubrub 18th-Jun-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Mario's destination shoots usually bore me but Karlie totally saves it, I think. And although I love Joan I do have to say that KK is owning the Meisel shoot as well...

Also, flawless OP is flawless.

calcified 18th-Jun-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think Joan is serving more face and Karlie is giving more body, really.

me + u always
shrubrub 18th-Jun-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
we r so chic
simplychristina 18th-Jun-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Joan Smalls is gorgeous.

Why do they look practically the same color on the covers though?
maveness 18th-Jun-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Apparently this is now the standard of beauty or something. All women must have hair this color and skin this color or you're not beautiful! Ugh.
lucciolaa 18th-Jun-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
LOVE these. Karlie + Joan = <3
kwikimart 18th-Jun-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Joan Smalls is everything! Gorgeous, gorgeous woman and I love her runway walk.

Karlie's body is crazy, I literally cannot at those Amazonian legs
br_kenmirror 18th-Jun-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Karlie's W cover is so disappointing :/

I like Joan but her poses are rather boring (esp when) compared to Karlie's imo.
calcified 18th-Jun-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I think both covers are pretty stupid. I wish they posed together for the cover at least, actually. =/ Js, if you wanna make it iconic, go big.
br_kenmirror 18th-Jun-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I was hoping it would be something like Karlie+Jourdan's i-D cover but I guess it would've been too soon to do something so similar?

I was kind of pressed when I heard Gaga got the Sept Vogue US cover, stupidly hoped it might be Joan/Karlie/Arizona or something. Well at least Karlie gets UK... Praying it won't be a dumb shoot.
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