OK! magazine made a tacky decision to use one of the last images of Michael Jackson as he lay dying as the cover for their tribute issue, sparking outrage among fans and musicians (like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jay-Z), who have launched a petition to stop the publication of further copies.
The petition argues that the tabloid has violated Jackson’s right to privacy, while OK!‘s editorial director Sarah Ivens adamantly defends her cover:
“It’s a photo that captures the surprise and the upset and the moment of this breaking news story . . . I hope the cover will provoke readers. It celebrated the man, but it also does expose that he was an eccentric character who lived a very controversial life.”
Blindie finds the tabloid’s cover to be sensational, a ploy to sell covers rather than a celebration of the Jackson’s musical legacy.
Notorious Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour finally admitted to requesting Oprah to lose weight for her 1998 Vogue cover shoot.
Telling the talk show host to drop 20 pounds for her cover, Wintour revealed on 60 Minutes, “It was a very gentle suggestion. I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight.”
Oprah appeared on the October 1998 cover with the headline: “Oprah! A Major Movie, An Amazing Makeover.”
“She was a trooper,” Wintour added. “She totally welcomed the idea, and she went on a very stringent diet. And it was one of our most successful covers ever.”
Beyonce finally gets her Vogue cover with the fashion bible’s annual Shape Issue (very appropriate).
Declaring that real women have curves, Vogue talks weight and body image with the curvy singer.
In the issue, the magazine chronicles how the small film from India, helmed by a Brit (Danny Boyle) became an Oscar darling.
“Working on the film has sparked a confidence in me, and a passion for acting,” Patel says. “I feel I can hold my head up high now. I feel like I matured five years in the space of five months. I’m 18 and I was at the Oscars yesterday!”
While Pinto, who can next be seen under the direction of Woody Allen, says of her journey, “Now I think that the fruit of the struggle ends up being the sweetest taste possible. I mean, this is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, bananas–the sweetest fruits in the world put together. It changed my life!”
Not only does she take away the beat and the rapping, but she totally transforms Will Smith‘s original into a catchy folksy song that Yael Naim or Feist or Regina Spektor would make into a single!