I am unclear if this is what’s going to be on newsstands, or if it’s the subscriber cover that they released just for publicity. It comes across almost like an album cover, or like Elle is using “God Is A Woman” as a way of saying Ariana Grande is God (it is, in fact, the title of her latest single). But the shot is probably the best of all of them here, even if it’s nowhere near as strong as her UK Vogue cover. In fact, abetted by the rash of pseudo au naturel covers, it almost feels derivative of that one. Which is unfortunate for Elle because planning and lead time means this was probably already shot by the time UK Vogue came out, and thus someone probably spent a couple weeks cursing very loudly through the hallways. That one, which also discusses her anxiety a bit in its profile piece, takes a bit of the wind out of these sails.
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