Who has the best Elle cover: Zooey, Mindy, Allison Williams or Amy Poehler?


You don’t know how excited I am to see Mindy Kaling get some love from Elle Magazine! Elle’s February issue is “Women In Television” and they’ve done four covers featuring Mindy, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams. If we’re going just by looks… Zooey’s cover is the odd woman out. Zooey’s cover just looks bad all around. Amy’s cover is the one that makes me smile the most, because I love that she’s not doing an open-mouthed, constipated SexyFace. Allison’s cover made me eye-roll because I hate the fact that she’s “the pretty one” of Girls and I hate that she WANTS to be known as that. And Mindy? Well, I don’t understand her grumpy expression, but her hair looks amazing.

You can see Elle’s slideshow here, and here are some assorted quotes from all of the profiles:

Zooey on how growing up in Hollywood affected her:
“Definitely none of the kids I grew up with would have ever thought, Zooey will be on television and have her own show. I wasn’t the world’s most popular child, which gave me built-in tenacity. Nothing has ever come easy for me, and I think that’s a really good thing. I learned at an early age that you have to work hard for what you get.”

Zooey on “girliness” connoting weakness:
“There has been a shift. I really have stood up for myself on multiple platforms. It’s sort of the grown-up version of middle-school nastiness, and I’m just like, come on. If there’s one thing I’d like to graduate from, it’s girl-on-girl hate. I don’t believe in it.”

BJ Novak on his ex-girlfriend/current collaborator/best friend, Mindy Kaling:
“She’s a gangster and guys respond to that. This is not a girl who waits by the phone. This is a girl who picks up the phone and calls whoever she wants.”

Mindy on how the The Mindy Project getting green-lit served as a desperately needed distraction from her mother’s death:
“Any person that’s been in the business knows they’re so lucky to have their show picked up–it happens to such a small fraction of shows. But I was lucky personally, because I needed a distraction so badly from my grief. Still my thoughts flutter toward her in scenes that I’m doing, every night before I go to bed, and every morning when I wake up.”

Amy Poehler on the conflict between being a comedian and being a grown-up:
“Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5:30AM no matter what. Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future. But I’d like to say that I maintain that same sense of play and creativity and spontaneity–of being able to get into a room with people and say, ‘Let’s waste some time.’ When you’re a creative person, even when you’re in a position of power, you still have to be able to straddle both worlds.”

Amy Poheler on why she’s heading into directing, production and writing:
“I like to do things that challenge me and make me nervous. You learn early as an actor that creating your own material is the only way to have any control. Hollywood is like a bad boyfriend. You can’t stand around and wait to be asked to dance.”

Allison Williams on why she tends to wear high-end, American designers on the red carpet:
“I wanted to establish a baseline: Here’s what I look like, I have long brown hair, I wear this kind of dress, this is the deal. You can count on it! Look at Jennifer Aniston: she’s America’s sweetheart for a reason. You know what she’s going to look like when she shows up to something, and there’s something so comfortable in that.”

Allison Williams on where she wants her career to go:
“I want to play a villain. I want to play a romantic heroine. I want to play someone who’s on heroin. There’s nothing I don’t want to do. I want to play a guy at some point. I’ll gain 100 pounds, I’ll cut my hair off, I’ll do whatever. I’m not precious about any of it.”

[From Elle]

One of these things is not like the other. Mindy, Amy and Zooey get to talk about real things, their creativity, their grief, their issues with bullying… and then Allison bops in and says some words about how she approaches her style. Ugh. Anyway, I love what BJ Novak has to say about Mindy and I wish more people would come back to The Mindy Project this season. It’s gotten really, really good. And New Girl sucks hard this season.




Photos courtesy of Elle.

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  1. claire says:

    Fantastic pic of Mindy!
    As much as I love Amy, man, they did not do great styling for that photo.

  2. JenD says:

    I love the Mindy Project! I don’t think Mindy has grumpy face – it looks more serious than grumpy. I guess compared to funny and sexy/girly, it would be “grumpy,” though.

  3. smee says:

    Mindy’s is the best photograph, imo, and I LOVE her sense of humor and I even warmed up to her show. Amy Poehler is very photogenic and SO incredibly funny, but I hate that pose. Allison Williams looks over-powered by her (ugly) dress. ZD looks good, but she needs to break away from that whole baby doll dress look and she looks like she’s trying to get into the camera frame in that shot – unnecessarily awkward!

  4. QQ says:

    Mindy and Amy look amazeballs! Whoo!!!

  5. shanaynay says:

    Why is Mindy’s cover black and white? Rather, a really dull grey? I’m not accusing Elle of being racist towards Mindy’s beautiful dark complexion, but makes me wonder why they didn’t do it to the other three white girls.

  6. nicegirl says:

    My votes go to Amy and Mindy.

  7. LeLe25 says:

    This is an awesome post! I love all four of these girls, and I’ll have to give the Mondy Project another try per Kaiser’s recommendation! New Girl has really gone down hill I’m sorry to say :(

    • starrywonder says:

      It has. It stopped being funny around episode four.


      They need to get rid of the character of Coach and possibly CeeCee. If she is not dating Schmidt she only needs to appear if she is doing a girl’s night with Jess or something.

      • jaye says:

        I’m not ready to give up on New Girl just yet, but I agree that Hannah Simone is just an ornament at this point. And even though I LOVE Damon Wayans, Jr., I think LaMorne Morris has MORE than filled the shoes Wayans left empty when he left to do “Happy Endings”. The show doesn’t need Wayans now.

  8. Marty says:

    Great pic of Mindy, I love it!

    Chris Messina’s dancing to Aaliyah’s “Try Again” is one of the best things I’ve ever seen!

  9. Chinoiserie says:

    I honestly think that Zooey looks best by far.

    • gefeylich says:

      THANK YOU. Poehler is the only one out of the four whom I don’t want to punch in the face repeatedly. She is awesome: smart, funny, adorable. The other three are either incredibly annoying (Deschanel, Williams) or much too smug and self-satisfied for her own good (Kaling).

  10. don't kill me i'm french says:

    i like Alison Williams cover because it looks a model cover whereas Amy P has a hair problem,Mindy looks a few grumpy (less grumpy ,she was perfect !) and Zoe is Zoe

  11. Leigh says:

    Mindy Project is great!
    New Girl DOES suck this season! Ugh…..
    I get the impression that Allison is a lot like Marnie… and who likes Marnie?!

  12. Cristina says:

    Mindy and Amy’s! Both look great!
    Worst: Zooey’s. Her hair looks awful. They Photoshopped it so it looks like she has a bird nest on the top of her head.
    As for Allison’s cover, I like the model vibe and I actually like the hair and makeup and the top of the dress but the V-shaped bottom I dislike. Different dress and this would have been much better.

  13. Leigh says:

    I’m going with Mindy, but Amy, damn, sexpot!

  14. here's Wilson says:

    cannot stand zooey…. not at all

    her look, her personality, her look at me little girl bullshit.. urgh

  15. ashley says:

    Mindy for the win!!! I love her and her show.

  16. Lisa says:

    I actually think none. :\ I like Allison’s dress, but nothing else, and Amy’s suit is a little weird.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I like Mindy’s photo the best, she looks stunning.
    Glad to hear Amy is moving more into creating her own work too – I think she is really smart and funny, and she has a great attitude towards empowerment and women having a voice in the industry.

  18. Penelope says:

    I must be the only one who doesn’t like the Mindy photo. I’ve seen much better pictures of her and she’s much prettier than this cover shot.

  19. Diana says:

    Damn! Amy Poehler rules! like a boss I tell you, like a boss.

  20. Latisse says:

    SERIOUSLY. Her role model is Jennifer Aniston? Could this girl BE any more boring/predictable?

    It’s like, oh box, let me just climb into you, pull down the flaps and make it easier for me to be delivered perfectly packaged to the apathetic masses.

  21. jess says:

    love, love, love mindy and the mindy project. the episode “you’ve got sext” from this season is SO funny. the christmas party sex trap was another good one. i agree new girl has gone way downhill. i would have preferred to see lena dunham instead of allison williams as the other cover. i know there is a lot of hate for her on here, but i think she is a pretty inspiring woman.

  22. joan says:

    Amy looks gorgeous — natural, real, authentic, sexy.

    Zooey is the biggest disappointment; I expected so much more.

  23. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    They all look great, but Mindy’s is my favorite.

  24. Dawn says:

    I like everyone but Zooey. Truly thought she was a good person but have heard tons of bad things about her lately being a snob and horrible to co-wokers that I just can’t like her. I love Amy mostly because of Leslie Knopes but Mindy looks great too. All very talented women however you look at it!

  25. NerdMomma says:

    I don’t know who Allison Williams is…as for the other three, I love that they’re featuring these fabulous funny women who write and create and produce their shows. Women are coming into their own on tv and in comedy, and I love it!! True, New Girl has been sucking it, but the Mindy Project has stepped up big time and is funny as hell. Maybe New Girl will find its footing again.

    I love everything, everything about Mindy.

  26. marion strong says:

    Alison’s looks more high fashion, so I like hers the best.

    Legs spread AND cleave hanging out of bra is rarely a good look on women, and Amy isn’t an exception. Sorry to say.

  27. frankly says:

    Zooey’s dress catches her leg at a weird place and where the photo is cropped doesn’t help. Is that her thigh way down there, or a tubular knee, or what’s with that angle – is her pelvis 6 inches lower than where we think it is… It’s bad.

  28. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Three women who are awesomely creative producers, and one who is a pyt who happened into a hip show. Sorry, I like Girls but Marni is no one’s favourite, why not the (admittedly ubiquitous) Lena Dunham who is actually in the same league with these ladies? I think Mindy’s cover is the prettiest but wish it was color/full body, esp. after reading her book where she details the sample sizes and one ugly black thing she is inevitably brought on shoots, I have to imagine that is what happened here. I HATE Amy’s, it’s forcing me to look at her crotch esp as half her face is covered – awkward. Zooey’s isn’t so bad, her sulky face is kind of a turn off though. Allison’s looks the most model-y of course – but again, why is she there? She sucked so hard on the Mindy Project too.

    • metallicwow says:

      >>Sorry, I like Girls but Marni is no one’s favourite, why not the (admittedly ubiquitous) Lena Dunham who is actually in the same league with these ladies?<<

      Because she's not mainstream fashion mag material, and fashion editors are way too concerned with newsstand sales to do it.

  29. elo says:

    I love Mindy’s and Amy’s covers, I haven’t the faintest clue who the other girl is. As for Zooey, I am so tired of her. I think The New Girl is awful and her quirky, big eyed, ingénue act grates on me.

  30. A Mascarada says:

    Liked all of them, even if I have no idea who Allison Williams is.

  31. JuJuJen says:

    Quote: ““She’s a gangster and guys respond to that. This is not a girl who waits by the phone. This is a girl who picks up the phone and calls whoever she wants.”

    That is the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard! This is a girl who picks up the phone and calls whoever she wants? So what?? SO DO I?? It’s called calling whoever you want! How does that make someone “a gangster”? OY! I hate how they try to act and sound all cool like that. Just makes them look dumb.

  32. Stubbylove says:

    Hands down Poehler. Sexy, Saucy Bitch – love it.

  33. IceQueen says:

    Amy for me! She oozes confidence and female power! :D

  34. Original Me says:

    I like Mindy’s and Amy’s. What is going on with Zoey Deschanel’s bangs/top of her head? She’s entering Klute territory.

  35. Cinderella says:

    They could have done better with Mindy—She’s wearing a Kardashian hairstyle. Amy’s hair and boobs look HOT. Zooey looks like typical Zooey (cute girl that likes rocker dudes), and Allison looks ready for Maxim.

  36. Marianne says:

    So will Elle have another “Melissa-gate” on their hands since Mindy (who is the curvy one) doesn’t get a body shot like the rest?

  37. Boxy Lady says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t know why Zooey Deschanel is such a “thing?” I mean I know she can sing too but so can her sister. (There was an episode of Bones that featured a karaoke bar.) Her sister Emily has had her own show for 9 years (I think) and has been one of the producers for the show for most of those years. Maybe Zooey is more nakedly ambitious and that’s she’s everywhere but her sister is not. I dunno.

    ETA: Mindy’s cover is my favorite and I’m a huge fan of The MIndy Project.

  38. umyeah says:

    Mindy is such an amazing person. She is like the girl you would want to hang out with. Her show is so funny. I just happened to watch it because it was on after New girl, and now it has surpassed new girl in funniness. Hands down way better. New girl is so contrived, while the writing on Mindy is sharp and real, without being too over the top. As for the Elle cover, I do think they didn’t put her whole body on the cover because she is curvier, and god forbid we have a regular sized girl on the cover of a fashion magazine. So lame considering how beautiful Mindy is.

  39. Pri says:

    Okay, my two bits. Mindy on this cover has been a pleasant surprise and I’m loving it – hard. Am I the only who thinks that that face could be her “…. but I’ll give you my smouldering eyes” sexy face? Anyways….I really can’t choose between Amy and Mindy. Both look sexy as hell. Zooey looks meh and Allison looks good too but its almost like she shouldn’t have been put with these women. The image of these women is of women in television who have deviated from the beaten track, look different, and have still found success. Allison doesn’t give me the same image. (Okay,I don’t know her and haven’t watched Girls, and I mentioned ‘image’. I always thought Girls was about Lena Dunham, isn’t it? Btw where is she? She should have had the other cover with Mindy. She and Mindy are such a couple) She looks too modelly, you know? So yeah, I don’t want to comment too much on her looks. She should be compared with other models. This may not sound right and may make me seem like I’m hating her for the sake of it, but its just my two bits.

  40. TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

    Nice covers but Elle covers of the 80s – to mid 90s were far superior as they featured real models from Paulina Porizkova and Yasmin Le Bon to Beri Smither and Beverly Peele – great styling and great photography by Gilles Bensimon, etc. THreads on Bellazon and the fashion spot have pages dedicated to such topics. I have no idea who Allison Williams is and Zooey Deschanel strikes me as a faux hipster – if she were at Woodstock she’d be complaining about the noise and the smell and the mud.

  41. Courtney says:

    Amy by far! I love everything about her! And I also love how different this picture is of her. We usually only see photos of her as Leslie Knope which I think makes her look older than she really looks. I think she is gorgeous!