Vogue’s photoshop hell: Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman & Penelope Cruz

What in God’s name is happening with Vogue’s November cover?!? This is one of the most hellish, budget, ugly messes I’ve ever seen. The cover story is all about the women of Nine, which will likely be one of the biggest movies of the awards season. Nine stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren, amongst others. For such a major film, it’s no surprise Vogue decided to put some of the more prominent leading ladies on the cover. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no way that Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson were all at the same location at the same time for the cover shoot.

It looks like they just cut-and-pasted Nicole Kidman on the end, and what’s with the totally weird lighting on every single woman? Marion looks like she has a spotlight on her, while Penelope looks half-shadowed. Meanwhile, Kate looks like she smelled something. Yikes. Ten bucks says this shot is by Annie Leibovitz, and twenty says she is not happy with it. Plus, Nine takes place in Rome – why not do a fashion shoot in Rome? Why do these women have to be looking pissy at the beach?

Anyway, Vogue hasn’t put up the cover story online yet, but they do have an interesting feature – nine great looks from each of the cover ladies. I tend to think that would have been a better cover – just put older images from these ladies, and jam them together on the cover. Or, better yet, just put the immortal Daniel Day-Lewis on the cover and call it a day. Out of the whole cast, I’d say Daniel has the best shot at winning an Oscar for Nine. Sigh. And now I’m looking forward to Daniel’s press.

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  1. Tess says:

    The dance of the living dead.

  2. CandyKay says:

    My guess is that the photos were indeed taken on location, but they couldn’t get all the ladies to approve a single shot, so that they took bits from individual shots that the each actress approved and stuck them together.

    The result is awful, and I wonder if it will be the death blow for Anna Wintour, whose departure has been rumored for some time now.

    I wonder if they were somehow contractually obligated to feature all four actresses on the cover. Otherwise it would have been smart to just pick one and feature the rest inside.

  3. Best of British says:

    I kind of like its jaunty surrealness.

  4. waldemar says:

    I hope that those rumours are true. i am sick of seeing Sienna Miller and Roger Federer on the pages of Vogue.

    Why not Sophia Loren on the cover???

  5. Neelyo says:

    they probably had to feature all 4. They’re all Oscar winners, whoops, well not all. I don’t think Kate will be near the Academy Awards again.

  6. TinaWithPom says:

    Weird cover.

    A little bit Witches of Eastwick, a little bit zombies, a little bit “Sex and the City” and a little bit of that awful CGI’d mess of a movie “What Dreams May Come.”

    Kate Hudson looks like a pro tennis player here, all brawny in the shoulders… and Penelope Cruz looks all of 5 feet, 1 inch tall.

    Nicole Kidman appears to be levitating.

  7. Petra X says:

    Vogue covers are so amateurish these days, look at last month’s with Michelle Williams, it didn’t even look like her. Sack the photoshopper.

  8. viper says:

    I am loving the reds though, such a lovel shades too.

  9. Toe says:

    It’s like a cover for the new movie “Death becomes her 2”

  10. Shari Brock says:

    Horrible picture! So unflattering! Each dress seemingly makes them gain nearly 10 lbs each. That might be the new fall color, but on these women, it simply failed.

  11. fizXgirl314 says:

    wasn’t that animated film called nine? aren’t there some sort of copyright laws??

  12. Blackwood says:

    they look like a cinema version of Desperate Housewives.

  13. Ellen Smith says:

    Nicole is truly unattractive. What happened to the beautiful redhead we first met in Days of Thunder?

  14. LolaBella says:

    Photo-chop hell is what this is!

    Ughh, the fact that they have made each of these beautiful women look completely homely is just tragic. Speaking of tragic, Nicole Kidman is totally killing her looks with whatever she’s doing to her face!

  15. Novaraen says:

    @fizXgirl :The other movie was titled “9” so maybe since this one is “Nine” it’s okay. *shrugs*

    This cover is so awful…I still wonder why they still photoshop…it’s always so obvious that it was done. As for Kate…she looks like she is wearing a smoking jacket and Penelope looks like she can’t keep her dress up. Marion looks the prettiest and Nicole is just plain NO. Sad what she did to that face of hers.

  16. the original kate says:

    poor nicole kidman is starting to look like huckleberry hound.

  17. Firestarter says:

    And the problem with Cruz looking petite is???????

  18. Disco says:

    Ugh…horrible. I hope Vogue has the good sense to be embarrassed.

  19. Prissa says:

    Hey TinaWithPom I LOVED “What Dreams May Come”!

  20. Paul says:

    The pic is not the greatest. I like that Nicole and Marion are embrassing each other. The only one that looks out of sync is Penelope and frankly she is the only one I don’t care for.

    In my opinion, Nicole is the prettiest and always reminds me of Grace Kelly… as for all the botox claims.. WHO CARES? If she does it, big deal… if she doesn’t as she claims, get off her back and be positive.. why do women dog other women??

  21. ferdis says:

    “Unfortunately, there is absolutely no way that Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson were all at the same location at the same time for the cover shoot.”

    They were together at the location. This makes this cover more horrible. Wasnt possible take a good picture of them together?

  22. crash2GO2 says:

    I’m wondering where the Nicole we first met in Dead Calm went?


    Forget Days of Thunder. That gorgeous mane of strawberry hair, freckles…she was stunning. Now she’s just weird looking.

  23. TinaWithPom says:

    @ Firestarter

    Welll,the problem with Cruz looking petite is because she’s not. She’s tall. Whereas Kate Hudson IS petite and she looks like a giant next to Cruz.

    @ Prissa

    I hated the movie. JMO.

  24. eternalcanadian says:

    There is no way Nicole would show up for a photo or movie shoot with Penelope Cruz. Anyone remember who Tommy boy went poking shortly before he dumped Nicole?

  25. Anah says:

    Since BMX Bandits, Bicivoladores for Spanish speakers, Nicole is killing her looks, she was normal and perfect. She should have stayed in Australia like Claudia Karvan she looks great and happy!
    So right about the dumping matter, I wonder whether they remember it? I think neither of them do!
    Maybe this magazine is turning beautiful women into THAT for us mortal ones feel better about ourselves and buy the bloody magazine. It won´t work, sorry.

  26. rottenkitty says:

    October 9th, 2009 at 10:12 am wasn’t that animated film called nine? aren’t there some sort of copyright laws??<<

    You can’t copyright titles.

  27. Amber M. says:

    The first thing i thought was:
    “Desperate housewives?”