V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

A raft of one-namers nabbed the six covers of V's first swimsuit issue. So how did Kate, Claudia, Daria, Eva, Naomi and Gisele come out looking so bad?

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

V made the impossible possible by picking random crops of pictures from the Mario Testino editorial inside to use as the cover shots. After the figures were very approximately shorn of their actual backgrounds.

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Which rather explains how Daria looks like she was traced with an x-acto and stuck on that lurid backdrop with paste. Is this a conceptual gesture? About how people cut pictures out of magazines and pin them on their walls? A nod to Henry Darger and collage? Is this intentional? Or just terrible, terrible Photoshop?

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Naomi's cover, to my eye, is actually the best — her baseline level of camp seems just about right for the proceedings.

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Kate on the other hand, looks awkward.

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Look, I liked this picture much better when it was on the cover of Purple Fashion two months ago.

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Half of these poses — Daria's, Naomi's — are poking fun at the cheesecake factor inherent in most swimsuit spreads. And the rest — Claudia's, Kate's — are high-fashion awkward. So what were the criteria for culling the cover shots from the editorial?

V's Supermodel Swimsuit Issue: Photoshop Of Horrors

Eva Herzigova: channeling Lindsay Lohan channeling Marilyn Monroe.

Seriously, V: what happened? The issue is out next Wednesday, May 6th. I can't say I'm exactly waiting with bated breath.


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