Adele looks absolutely stunning on next month’s cover of Cosmopolitan. Rocking a leopard-patterned dress from Dolce & Gabbana, Adele shows off her curves in the full-body pic. It’s definitely refreshing to see a full-figured woman on a cover, especially when magazines tend to only feature more slender models or celebrities.
Adele was recently on the cover of the October issue of British Vogue. Though she looked gorgeous on this cover as well, the magazine cropped her shot, making it a head shot, instead of showcasing her whole body.
The same thing happened when actress Gabourey Sidibe, known for her leading role in the hit movie Precious, appeared on the 25th anniversary cover of Elle last year. There was a lot of controversy, because not only did her skin appear to be lightened, but the picture of her was cropped closer to her face. Meanwhile, the other three covers for the celebration — featuring Lauren Conrad, Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox — showed the celebrities’ more slender bodies. [via Huffington Post]
It’s always seemed to be a struggle to have full-figured models and celebrities cover magazines. While I have to admit that they are getting more attention in recent years, the concept still hasn’t been fully embraced. In the rare occasions that voluptuous women are featured, they either get a head shot, or a medium shot. I haven’t seen many full shots showcasing curves.
It’s frustrating sometimes to me. I’m a bigger girl, and I embrace that. I consider myself to be pretty, hot and thick (phat). And while I am trying to get in shape and become healthier, I don’t need to be small to be happy (no diss to the more petite readers). However, I didn’t always feel this way. Growing up, I would always see magazines constantly feature the more petite celebrities out there. Don’t get me wrong — they were beautiful — but they made me feel really insecure about my fuller body. In classes filled with smaller girls, I stood out, and I didn’t feel good about it. It took me a long time to love me just as I am.
So when I see covers like this one with Adele, it’s refreshing to me. I just want there to be a nice balance. I love Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and others, but I would love to see more phat women on the magazines I love — those like Adele and Gabourey. I give props to Cosmo for not only featuring Adele (she is so beautiful!), but spotlighting her amazing curves as well. It means a lot, to me at least.
What do you all think of Adele’s cover? Should magazines embrace and feature more full-figured women for their covers?