2022 has seen our behaviours and relationships change with the way we consume media and art. Instagram’s popularity is declining and short form video is all the rage. It’s now the time of year where we take into consideration our favourite magazine covers to grace our feeds and shop aisles over the past twelve months. 

Dazed & Confused – The Beautiful Issue feat. Doja Cat

“I feel so new, fresh and sexy,” Doja Cat shared in her cover story for Dazed magazine’s Winter 2022 Issue. The artist has come under various forms of controversy recently with some drastic style changes and activity on social media. “I have never felt more beautiful in my entire life, which is very strange,” Doja Cat, 27, told the outlet in her cover story, despite jokingly comparing her close-shaved head to a “wrinkly penis” at first glance.

Noting that longer hairstyles made her feel like a “hot girl” — “but I always do,” she admitted — letting go of her locks came with many upsides.

“There’s something so exhilarating about change; [it] showed me a different side of myself. I feel so new, fresh and sexy. I also feel better without make-up: having this bare head and so little make-up is a fun experience. It’s new, and I love it,” she added.

For her cover spot, captured by Mikael Jansson, the Grammy winner taps into edgy punk style with a hot-pink-dyed buzz cut by JStayReady. She also dons a matching fuchsia lipstick that contrasts her barely there eyebrows (which she spontaneously razored off during an Instagram livestream).

Heroine – Cynthia Erivo in Conversation with Steve McQueen 

This striking black and white cover of British actor Cynthia Erivo first caught my eye in a café in Covent Garden and I couldn’t look away. The shot was photographed bhy Mark Seliger and sees Erivo adorned in Thom Browne, styled by Daniel Edley respectfully. Erivo spoke candidly in her interview about never feeling welcomed by the British film and press industry. “This morning my mum phoned about someone calling from one of the channels to interview me about something that happened a long time ago, but they had no idea what I did, where I was… Like, calling my mum for information? And my mum was like, “Why don’t you just call her agent?” – “She has an agent?!”, “Well yeah… she’s an actor.” It’s that […]  Just whenever I’ve been there, working, I haven’t enjoyed it. I haven’t… What’s the word I’m looking for? I felt unwelcome.” 

Vogue Spain – August 2022

Model of the year, Bella Hadid, adorned the psychedelic and multi-coloured cover of Vogue Spain’s August edition this year. It stood out to me because of its haziness, it isn’t glossy, high def and drowning in white light like most fashion magazine covers of today. Shot by Elizaveta Porodina, the cover bleeds pink into yellow and sees Hadid dressed in magenta flowers, matching coloured tights and platform heels. The shape of the styling is distinctly 60s and Hadid’s pixie cut further adds to the psychedelic mod feel. 

British Vogue – Kristen McMenamy’s January 2022 Cover

I can’t believe it’s been a year since this issue. McMenamy is a 57 year-old London-based American-born model whose career spans four decades. To see such a fashion looking, mature woman embrace artistry and sex appeal on the cover of the most famous magazine in the world is a breath of fresh air. Bravo Edward `Enninful. I remember first discovering McMenamy through this cover and Vogue’s tour of her London wardrobe on its YouTube channel. McMenamy soured to modern fame in the lockdown when she shared cleverly curated comically yet high fashion images of her in stunning clothing and accessories at home. The cover and spread was photographed by the iconic Steven Meisel.

Vogue China – August 2022

Shot by Leslie Zhang, the cover features Chinese supermodel Xiao Wen Ju and presents an Eastern Alice in Wonderland world of fashion surrealism. In charge of art direction was Matt McDonald, with fashion direction by Audrey Hu. The styling was the work of Yang Yi, with makeup by Yooyo Keong Ming, hair by John Zhang and nails by Finger Space. The set was designed by Feifei Li, with production by  Julie Wang and Zhou Yang. For the cover, Xiao Wen Ju is wearing Fendi.

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