Tina Turner becomes the oldest lady ever to score a Vogue cover: awesome?

Tina Turner scored her first-ever Vogue Magazine cover with the April issue of Vogue Germany. Can you believe it? Can you believe that this is the first time any edition of Vogue Magazine ever thought to Tina on the cover?! Tina is 73 years old, and with this cover, she has become the oldest woman to ever grace the cover of Vogue, beating out Meryl Streep’s January 2012 cover when Meryl was 62.

Tina was shot by photographers Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer and she wears an Armani gown on the cover. Tina is close with Giorgio Armani – he created the costumes for her 50th anniversary tour in 2008. While I think Tina definitely looks amazing and it’s wonderful to see her on the cover of Vogue, I do think she’s had some subtle work done, right? Am I hallucinating or do her eyes look different?

That’s all that I really know about this Vogue piece! I haven’t seen any interview excerpts or anything, but rumors are going strong that Tina is currently recording a new album for a possible release this year. Why not? Tina is desperately needed these days. She’s TINA! What else, what else… she has applied for Swiss citizenship after living in the country since the mid-1990s. Apparently, she will have to renounce her American citizenship (no dual citizenship for Tina, maybe?), and she’s already passed the civics test.

Some photos of Tina from 2011:

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    I love Tina – who doesn’t have a soft spot for Private Dancer? – but this cover just emphasizes how bad and unoriginal those 60s/70s nose jobs were.

    I also *think* that technically you can’t have dual citizenship between the US and most other countries (under most circumstances), but they don’t enforce the renunciation (sp?).

    • Faye says:

      I work for the federal governnment and one of the projects I worked on involved hammering out certain issues with foreign governments (relating to American citizens who had moved abroad to those countries). There are actually quite a few countries that allow you to retain your American citizenship, although it becomes complicated for the person re taxation, Social Security, etc. Some do require you to renounce, though.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I actually figured Switzerland might be one of the countries that offered both. I’m a Brit, and we have to renounce one, I’m told, but nobody enforces it. Having both a European and US passport would be an awesome thing to have – not that Tina Turner needs to worry about work visas, one imagines.

      • V4Real says:

        Quite a few people have dual citizenship such as Charlize Theron US/South Africa, Pierce Brosnan Ireland/US, Salma Hayek, US/Mexico, Angelina Jolie, US/Cambodia, Natalie Portman US/Israel, Craig Furguson US/United Kingdom and Nicole KidmanUS/Australia and the list goes on.

      • LAK says:

        @T.Fanty – unless it’s a recent development, Britain doesn’t ask you to surrender your other citizenship. I’ve got dual citizenship. Quite afew of my friends do too. The issue has never come up.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Huh. On the US citizenship lit I have it says that you are expected (or some such wording) to renounce your other citizenship. Good to know that you can have both. A lot of my Irish friends have both, too. It’s strange, because although I have lived here for years now, and don’t intend to go home, the thought of giving up my nationality is unsettling. Does that make any sense at all?

      • Leen says:

        It depends on whether your naturalized as well. My cousin has US/German/Palestinian nationality. Born in the US, half German and half Palestinian. So there you go. Although Germany does have a rule of if you get naturalized you are sometimes asked to renounce citizenships.

      • Jay says:

        Australia allows dual citizenship. I was under the impression, however, that the US does not – at least, that’s what all their stuff on the web says. I was pretty disappointed by this, because I’m planning to move to the US in the next few months, and I don’t want to have to renounce my Aussie citizenship.

      • Leen says:

        Jay – I think you have to renounce your ‘allegiance’ to other countries, but that doesn’t mean you have to renounce your Aussie citizenship.

    • Ranunculus says:

      Both Switzerland and the US allow dual citizenship.

      • Anonny says:

        The U.S. citizenship oath requires you to renounce prior citizenship(s) but then they also allow you to keep your other passport. So yeah, it’s kinda unclear.

    • allons-y alonso says:

      I love Tina Turner – she has great legs

    • holly hobby says:

      It really depends on the birth government. I have friends who were Chinese Nationals who had to give up their citizenship when they were naturalized (Oh no those Communists!). However, my Canadian friends were able to keep theirs.

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      I’m not sure how it works for Americans but when I came to the U.S I was allowed to keep my other (two) citizenships and passports. I’d be sad to give any of them up.

  2. Andrea says:

    I love this woman. Great to see here again. Now I have to go listen to her music!

  3. mccoy says:

    Beyonce’s mom reminds me of Tina. Do you really think she got work done. Maybe it’s just photoshop.

    • Vera says:

      …and Beyonce’s mom is also named Tina.

    • spinner says:

      It is really obvious she has had work done but I don’t care. I love me some Tina.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes Tina Turner got some work done because if you looked at the pics at the bottom of this page (circa 2011), she looks a heck of a lot different in the face. Tina, why did you mess up your face?

      • Becky1 says:

        I love her, too but wish she would have left her face alone. She looks great in those 2011 pics!

  4. Vera says:

    Kinda shameful that it look so long for such a legend to get a Vogue cover.

  5. Ranunculus says:

    She is such a sunshine person, sexy as hell but not a submissive female in the music business. I wish more female performers would take note of what she has done as an artist.

  6. Shelley says:

    Oh, noes – I wouldn’t have even recognized her. Why change a single thing about that wonderful face?!?!

  7. marie says:

    Tina is fantastic, good for her although it’s pretty sad that it took so long to make it happen.

  8. M says:

    Ike busted Tina’s nose. She’s had that nose job since the 70’s. The new images look like her eyes were done.

    • L says:

      I was just going to say this. Ike busted up her face and nose so many times, that she had to have a nose job.

      I do think she might have gotten her eyes done, but I also wonder if she lost weight and this is photoshop.

    • chaine says:

      She looks thin and fragile on the cover, very unlike the earlier photos. I hope she’s not ill.

  9. menlisa says:

    I used to love Tina until I saw an interview of hers calling Africans lazy.

    Here is the video: http://youtu.be/bMjyIOnWUlQ

    So disappointed.

  10. eggnog says:

    Her eyes and mouth look different. Whatever she had done completely changed the set of her face — she doesn’t even look like the same woman. 🙁

    • Lizzie K says:

      Well, I think it’s some crappy photoshop, too — she looks more like herself in the second pic — but for sure she’s had too much work done to mouth and eyes and cheeks, too. I’m with you … I wish she hadn’t. She had an iconic face.

      Still, I’m always going to love Tina, even if she wears a bag over her head.

  11. MsAubra says:

    Go ‘head Anna Mae!!

  12. Rachel says:

    Does anybody ever keep track of the oldest man on a magazine cover? Like, would Rolling Stone put out a press release saying that Keith Richards was the oldest person they’d ever featured, like it was some sort of noteworthy event? (In Keith’s case, it might be: that man is preternaturally preserved.)

    • poppy says:


    • real says:

      I came in to say that I find the title to this post to be disrespectful. The Oldest Lady? Rude.

      If it had read Tina Turner makes Vogue’s cover and then discussed her age in the article, it may have been passable but this was in poor form.

      I think she looks different because of significant weight loss. She’s older, so if she drops pounds, it’s noticeable. I think she looks fantastic. Send in photos when you hit your 70s and we’ll discuss how you look!


  13. poppy says:

    i would have thought german vogue would have had her a while ago. she’s very connected to germany.
    germany is one country (because of ww2?) where dual citizenship is not allowed.

    • Ranunculus says:

      Most European countries including Germany allow dual citizenship, or allow you to keep your first when applying for another. I think in countries like India, Japan and China you automatically loose your citizenship when you apply for another.

      • angie says:

        That must be more recent because my mom had to give up hers when she married my dad (a US citizen). I’ve looked into how I could get dual citizenship but I am out of luck.

      • Leen says:

        Dual citizenship is generally allowed if you do not become a naturalized citizen of another country. So if you mother is German and your dad is Canadian, then you can be a citizen of both. However if both your parents are Germans and you move to Canada where after 5 years you apply to be a naturalized citizen, you have to renounce your German citizenship.

        Similarly they let you retain citizenships that you acquire at birth. My cousin has US/German citizenship because she was born in the US. If I apply for a naturalized citizenship, then the German gov will probably ask me to give up my passport. But there has been exceptions.

        Basically if you are a national you can keep your passport but if you are naturalized you can’t.

  14. CC says:

    I think it’s awesome, I respect her a lot.

    Swiss law allows for dual nationality, but maybe she’d rather not deal with the US government since she no longer lives in the US or intends to in the future.

    Maybe people wouldn’t if the US government gave up on that tentacle-like approach of trying to control the citizens that don’t live in US territory. You know, like most civilized countries, where you’re only accountable to them tax-wise for the stuff you own in their territory or money you earn in their territory…

  15. flor says:

    This is so refreshing

  16. Flora Fauna says:

    Eat the cake Anna Mae!!

  17. annabelle says:

    Maybe the drastic lightening of her skin tone on this cover is also adding to the change in normal appearance?

    I would have thought someone as established as she would have avoided the Beyonce treatment.

  18. emmie_a says:

    If they’re are proud about putting a 73 year-old woman on the cover, then put a 73 year-old woman on the cover — not a supremely airbrushed / photoshopped hypothetical version of that woman.

    • CC says:

      baby steps…

      they airbrush and photoshop every single person on their covers after all….lol

  19. DeltaJuliet says:

    If you hadn’t said that was Tina Turner I never would have known.

  20. Alli says:

    I love this lady so much I might have just teared up staring at the Vogue cover. Such an inspiration and a true one-of-a-kind.

  21. KellyinSeattle says:

    I love how she dances!

  22. phlyfiremama says:

    Go Tina~such an amazing woman. “Proud Mary” done by her is one of my faves!!

  23. Annette says:

    She looks good – but would have looked even better had she left her nose aloooone imo.

  24. erika says:

    kinda…i guess? sort of…not really. Why wait so long to put an older woman?

    how about this Vogue…how about a plus sized woman? a ‘real’ looking, attractive, woman?

    I doubt that’ll ever happen in my lifetime. Quite sad. For Vogue to rally being the 1st fashion mag to put a black woman on cover, and now, an older woman only 30 PLUs SOME YEARS later…not really that commendable….

  25. dorothy says:

    This beats the heck out of Taylor Swift. You go Tina!!!

  26. j.eyre says:

    Bravo all around. It may be late, but at least Vogue got there eventually.

    I am always happy to see Tina.

  27. NeoCleo says:

    That CAN’T be Tina Turner. What happened to her face?

  28. bluhare says:

    The Beyonces of the world need to bow down to Tina Turner. Bitch showed them all how it’s done.

  29. runswithscissors says:

    Dude, i’m finally buying a copy of Vogue!!! And it’s not even in a language I can understand. They’re finally getting it right. Not sure about the nose job… it would have changed her voice, y/n? For me, it’s how she’s behaved that characterizes what she looks like and not the image itself. Love her!!

  30. Jay says:

    Cool, though I do remember Casey Kasum (sp?) back in the 80s announcing that Tina Turner was the oldest woman to ever have a Billboard #1 hit when she was in her (gasp) mid 40s. So this must be “old hat” to her by now.

  31. Mirna says:

    Love Tina; not loving the cover pic. What in God’s name is going on with her nostrils?

  32. Sapphire says:

    Iconic. The utmost. Ultimate. This total babe is an ispiration in everyway. Can you tell I’m a fan?

  33. e.non says:

    ugh… she’s completely unrecognizable. how sad.

  34. kim says:

    this picture is a very BAD example of photo shopping.. Tina Turner deserves to be on more covers..

  35. Agnes says:

    I love Tina! And she’s still totally hot.

  36. islandwalker says:

    I love her but that is not her beautiful/original face. So sad women do this. She looks like a Jackson.

  37. Ava says:

    I did not know that was her, she really looks different. Sad when Hollywood feels they have to change there face to remain young for the media.

  38. brenda williams says:

    if we all could have a relaxed job it would be nice but some of cant and look what all she had to put up with she look outstanding it all how we takecare of our body and skin

  39. I Choose Me says:

    Go ‘head Tina. So good to see her but she looks more like a cross between Dihann Caroll and Lena Horne than herself on that cover.

  40. lola lola says:

    There is nothing about Tina that isn’t fabulous. She’s a survivor, an amazing talent and a supercool woman! Go Tina!

  41. lola lola says:

    There is nothing about Tina that isn’t fabulous. She’s a survivor, an amazing talent and a supercool woman! Oh, and p.s. still gorgeous.

  42. Bryn says:

    She lost weight. That’s why she looks different. Older women need extra weight. It gives them a more youthful, rounded appearance. She’s still beautiful, though. Congrats to her.

  43. Pam says:

    OMG I love Tina, but she now looks like she used one of the Jackson girls plastic surgeon…this is sad.

  44. NEENAZEE says:

    I am so disturbed by this cover… yes, I like that Tina is on it b/c she’s awesome and talented and gorgeous and a fighter! And this world needs more older female role models!

    But the photo has been so manipulated it no longer resembles her… or a human. She looks like an alien. Too much photoshop. Stop the photoshop.