Glamour magazine’s photos of young celebs as American icons


Glamour magazine has done what I think is a pretty cool photo shoot featuring twelve of Hollywood’s biggest female celebs as American icons. And all but one of them (Lindsay Lohan) are women that are fairly smart and have their act together.

They’ve got Lohan as Madonna, Camilla Belle as Mary Tyler Moore, Emma Stone as Carrie Bradshaw, Emma Roberts as Audrey Hepburn, Alexis Bledel as Rosie the Riveter, America Ferrera as Dolores Huerta, Alicia Keys as Michelle Obama (who did a much better job than Tyra Banks), Elisha Cuthbert as Brandi Chastain, Hayden Panettiere as Amelia Earhart, Paula Patton as Billie Holiday, Chanel Iman as Althea Gibson, and Odette Yustman, Spencer Grammer and Rumer Willis as the women of Woodstock.

They’ve also got the requisite quotes from the ladies about the women they’re portraying.

Alicia Keys on Michelle Obama: “She has worked hard for everything she’s accomplished, and done so with grace and humility. So many women and girls can identify with her story.”

America Ferrera on Dolores Huerta: “She saw her own opinion and voice as [something as] powerful as any man’s.”

Chanel Iman on Althea Gibson: “She showed women…you can be sweaty, be gorgeous and do a great job.”

Hayden Panettiere on Amelia Earhart: “She proved that anything is possible. If you want to fly a plane, fly a plane…. No one can tell you no.”


I really liked this photo spread. It was something creative, though obviously not totally innovative. But it’s so much more interesting than another posed shot of an airbrushed starlet “relaxing” at home. I can’t wait to see what they look like in the print version of the magazine.

Images via Oh No They Didn’t.

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  1. Mairead says:

    It’s a great idea for a photo-shoot. And some of the shots look great – the Amelia Aerhart is my fave, but then again she’d be one of my heroines anyway..

    But I find it a sad day when “Carrie Bradshaw” is a greater icon than say, Eleanor Roosevelt or Helen Keller (her greatest moments including dumping Aidan for Big the woman was a moron and we’re celebrating a shoe-wh*re as an icon?).

    But it’s nice that naturalised citizens like Hepburn are being included.

  2. Annie says:

    I was thinking the SAME thing!

    Carrie Bradshaw should, in no way, even be close to being in that category. There are so many other woman, far more deserving, far more talented. Ugh. Appalling really.

  3. Embee says:

    This is enjoyable!

    Alexis as Rosie the Riveter is my favorite, but I think the photo of America Ferrera as Huelga is truly beautiful. Love Earhart but Hayden bugs me so…meh.

    I wish they’d have had MTM tossing her beret–THAT’s iconic. The Brandi Chastain shot is also very well done–who doesn’t remember that? She fairly well ushered in the era of “girl power” with that goal. I’m surprised at how well Lindsay does Madonna. She’s a bloody mess but the girl has talent.

    Fun fun fun.

  4. Jane says:

    They ruined Carrie Bradshaw with whoever that woman is.

  5. Kitten says:

    funny thing is… Carrie Bradshaw isnt even a real person… i know Rosie the Riveter isnt a real person either, but she stood for all those women who worked hard for their country in WWII… how does a fictional character become an “American Icon”?

  6. allison says:

    this…is…BRILLIANT. i am SO buying this issue! and glamour was already my fav magazine ever :) awesome awesome awesome AWESOME! :D and they chose all the right celebs for each icon!

  7. Ling says:

    I suppose the piece was more “women who made a splash” than “women who kicked freaking ass”. Because, ahem, I don’t see a Susan B. Anthony anywhere, or a Dorothy Parker.

  8. JayBird says:

    Yeah I wasn’t wild about Carrie Bradshaw either, but then I realized they’re probably going for variety, both in terms of old and new, sports/ politics/ showbiz and fashion. And Carrie was iconic in terms of show business and fashion in the last decade, so there must have been some logic to it.

  9. Ophelia says:

    Yay! Thank you for posting photo-shoots more! I *love* these! (yes I’m a nerdy photographer, lol)

  10. ER says:

    The “Billie Holiday” look alike is gorgeous. Great photo!

  11. adrseq says:

    i like alexis bledel as rosie the riveter the best..

  12. becca says:

    Billie Holiday was great. I also like Rosie the Riveter’s picture. I don’t like Alicia Keys, but her as Michelle Obama was beautiful to look at. And the dog was adorable and a nice touch.

    However: Camille as MTM? FAIL.

  13. Sauronsarmy says:

    Embarrassing. Lindsay would’ve been more believable if she did Debbie from Debbie Does Dallas. And I thought the Rumor Willis photo was of the Manson girls.

  14. Lina says:

    I like Paula Patton’s picture it’s really nice

  15. Wif says:

    I love me some naked baby bum. That baby in that Woodstock photo just makes me want to squeeze and tickle it.

  16. TinaWithPom says:

    Breathtaking photos.

  17. neelyo says:

    ‘I’m surprised at how well Lindsay does Madonna. She’s a bloody mess but the girl has talent.’

    If by talent, you mean having stylists dress you as an icon and then having a photographer take your photo, editors retouching it, then yes, she’s got loads.

    And how did Carrie Bradshaw end up on this list? I wonder if the ‘stars’ chose who they wanted to portray.

  18. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    I literally have NO idea who most of these women dressed up as icons are. Fab pics regardless.

  19. tigerlille says:

    You were right, this is a very interesting concept and most of the portraits are great, with Carrie Bradshaw being a notable exception. I would have liked to have seen Lucy Ricardo, Sojourner Truth, and Zora Neale Hurston included, just for starters. Thanks for giving Lindsay Lohan her obligatory kick, and thanks to neelyo for explaining to us that Lohan, unlike the other women, has no talent and all credit goes to the stylists, make up artists and photographers. Actually, I would have preferred to have seen Marilyn Monroe rather than Madonna, but that’s the beauty of a well done, provocative piece.

  20. MT says:

    I don’t like any of those girls, and some of them, I have never heard of.

    Who are they?

  21. John says:

    prop to la lohan for best pic

    Ferrara and Alexis too old for this ‘young’ talent
    lol at jea;ous bitch nelyo and cattylille

  22. tp77 says:

    why has noone pointed out that Lindsay Lohan looks exactly like LaToya Jackson in that first picture? What’s going on with her nose?! She used to be so pretty!

  23. sandy says:

    oprah winfrey is a much bigger icon than michelle o.

  24. Lem says:

    Those are beautiful photo’s but I agree I could name 3 of those girls. I had to come to comments to figure out that was Carrie Bradshaw. I thought it looked like her shot but figured it was from some iconic movie I missed. Whoops, guess not. “Amelia” would look super sweet in B/W
    Why is someone playing JLO at Woodstock?

  25. michellle says:

    Great idea!

    Loved the Rosie, Billie & Amelia shots despite not liking HP.

    Absolutely loved the dress in the Audrey shot but thought Natalie Portman would have made a better model.

    Nice to see the 1st lady & her girls made the cut.

    Why was Brandi Chastain included? Yes, it’s a memorable image, but please – her claim to fame was ripping off her top. A move many thought rather idiotic. Should have been Mia Hamm or one of the many other famous athletes.

    I agree Tiger Lily, where was Lucy & Marilyn?

  26. michellle says:

    Also, love Camilla Belle but I thought that was supposed to be Marlo Thomas from “That Girl”.

  27. FF says:

    Cool to hear Althea Gibson getting some props.

  28. says:

    can i just say how disappointed i am that they picked Emma Roberts to dress up as Audrey Hepburn??
    they are nothing alike. Emma is not beautiful, classy, or talented like the amazing Audrey Hepburn…

    and why is Carrie Bradshaw listed on here?? ewww….

  29. Dina 327 says:

    Lindsay Lohan is so lucky to wear that good art hlywd jewelry and have such an amazing photographer shoot her.