I’m actually a bit disappointed with Kristen Stewart’s cover shoot with British Vogue. Throughout her career, Stewart has perfected the scowl we’ve come to love/hate in her movies and photo ops — it’s somewhere between Posh Spice’s mysterious glare and Tumblr’s sad meme.
Her cover for British Vogue is no exception. She stares at the camera in porcelain foundation the makeup artist surely pounded on her.
I don’t mean to sound cruel. I just think it would have been the perfect opportunity for Kristen and the magazine to say no matter what life throws at you, you can ultimately say “f*ck off, I’m going to go on with my life.”
They knew the cover to be scrutinized by the media (I mean, what are we doing here?) so I feel it’s a bit of a missed opportunity. Instead of strategically projecting Bella the vampire or Kristen the lost soul they could have sent a larger message by covering the magazine with her smiling. Just because she had a huge public fallout after cheating with Robert Pattinson doesn’t mean she’s a woman destroyed. It’s kind of like when your mom says “smile, don’t let them get to you.”
In the end, I suppose the photos somewhat express her character, which is a win. She told Vogue: “People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing that you want and making lots of money out of it. But, you know, I’m not that smooth. I can get clumsy around certain people. Like if I were to sit down and think, ‘OK, I’m really famous, how am I going to conduct myself in public?’ I wouldn’t know who that person would be!”
What do you think of the photos?
Another photo from the spread: