Tina Fey is skinny, boring, bland in Vogue Mag


Here is the much-anticipated March Vogue Magazine cover with Tina Fey. It’s kind of a let-down, isn’t it? Instead of letting her look as normal-pretty as she usually looks, they airbrushed her into oblivion (taking off the famous scar on her cheek) and made her look ultra-tiny. Here is the whole Vogue slideshow – they put the most boring photo on the cover, some of the other pictures are cute. Do you think I’m being picky? When the cover “leaked” a few days ago, people were really mad about how Tina looked. I’m the one trying to be reasonable! I mean, sure, the cover is pretty, but my biggest complaint is that it’s “meh”. No personality. And Tina Fey has lots of personality. She isn’t some vapid model gazing into the distance. This is the woman who could verbally cut you and the sh-t would sting. Sigh… let’s see if the interview is any better:

Tina Fey sat down with Vogue for their March issue, and the Emmy-winning self-described normal girl also graces the cover, shot by Mario Testino.

The magazine also airbrushed off the scar by her mouth for the cover.

Anna Wintour writes in her editor’s letter, “there is nothing ordinary about her brilliance, her perceptiveness, or her beauty.”

From the press release:

Going Rogue: Ever since her devastatingly funny Sarah Palin impressions, she has for the first time in her life attracted unwanted attention–and hate mail. “People started projecting politics onto me,” she says. “There are people who hate me now because of that. The partisan nature of politics continues to appall me. I’m almost paralyzed by my inability to see things in black-and-white… I felt uncomfortable to be in that discussion. The weird thing is, when Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal, but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal.”

Normal Girls: “I feel like I represent normalcy in some way. What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there’s me, carrying normalcy.” Pause. “Me and Rachel Ray.”

The Skinny: “People will say, ‘Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they’re giving girls a negative message’–but we’re also the fattest country in the world, so it’s not like we’re all looking at fashion magazines and not eating. Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I’m never going to look like that model, so… Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don’t look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and giant feet.”

The Power of Clothes: “I think women dress for other women to let them know what their deal is. Because if women were only dressing for men, there would be nothing but Victoria’s Secret. There would be no Dior.”

Hand-Me-Downs: When she was in grade school, a cousin gave her some hand-me-downs that included a “colonial-lady” Halloween costume. “It consisted of a bonnet,” says Fey, “and a burlap apron and a long skirt. And I would just wear it sometimes after school. As an outfit… It was the Bicentennial! People were excited!”

The VOGUE Cover: Her favorite moment: “I was posing for [Mario Testino] and he was talking from behind the camera and he was like, ‘You have to fliiiirt, darleeeng. You have to bee-leeve you are wuuuurthy to on the cover’ And then at one point he said very quietly, ‘Lift your chin, darling. You are not eighteen.’ And I was like, ‘You probably say that to all the 23-year olds.'”

[From The Huffington Post]

And I’m still disappointed! Eh. The full Vogue piece is here, but I’ve only skimmed it. I think Tina is one of those comedians who saves her best stuff for her work and stubbornly refuses to give it away for free in an interview. Because I laugh ever two seconds during 30 Rock, and I usually find Tina’s interview mind-numbingly boring. Why the dichotomy?



Vogue cover courtesy of HuffPo. Addition images courtesy of Vogue online.

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  1. Jaybone says:

    They airbrushed the scar? Everybody knows about the scar…she doesn’t try to hide the scar…why would they remove the scar?

  2. princess pea says:

    So Ms Wintour decided to deal with the infamous face scar by making sure that side of Tina’s face is turned away from the camera and flooded with light in every shot, huh?

    Unfortunately, the days of Vogue being anything but bland are gone, I think.

  3. Fire says:

    Her scar is on her other cheek – they didn’t Photoshop it out. I doubt she would have let them…

  4. Sigh. says:

    Gawd, these mags/photogs (yes, even Testino) need to step up their game! She looks…”nice,” nothing more.

    That top/dress she has on for the cover is all types of WRONG. It looks like a graduation robe sash for the honor students. Unflattering to her flat parts, to say the least.

    A variation of the “Minnie Mouse” pic would have been MUCH better cover. Quirky, but not too high fashion.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I have a feeling they asked her dull questions to begin with. Either way I think it’s great to see a “normal girl” on the cover of Vogue.

    I like the Minnie Mouse photo, but the others are a bit dull. I’ve seen far better photos in Entertainment Weekly and other “lesser” magazines than Vogue. The MM photo looks like it was taken on top of 30 Rock, I think. Amazing view up there.

  6. Goosie says:

    Is Vogue even relevant anymore? How completely boring.

  7. Dr_Venkman says:

    Mario is certainly no Annie.

  8. javelin says:

    The cityscape picture is cute… but Vogue has become a bit too marketable and Hollywood-saturated for my liking. Fashion magazines used to be about drama, photography that makes you gape in awe. I don’t want to see actresses on the cover (except Cate Blanchett)– I want to see creativity. I wish I could start a reasonably priced magazine that would feature nothing but stunning photographs and creative fiction.

  9. CB Rawks says:

    I think she looks really pretty and has a lovely smile, but I would have dressed her in something prettier than that dish-towel.
    I love love love her. Plus she has my hair, so now I love my hair. 😉

  10. Ana says:

    She makes some good points, but I agree that the interview should have shown some personality.

  11. Cheyenne says:

    I cancelled my subscription to Vogue two years ago and I’m not renewing it until they get rid of Anna Wintour. She has single-handedly destroyed the magazine. The covers are ugly and the clothes look like something you would wear to a Halloween party.

  12. snapdragon says:

    vogue is boring and so is tina fey. sure she is pretty and she seems bright and is probably a very nice woman, but after the sarah palin impressions (which honestly, i think almost anyone could have done) there isn’t much there.

  13. JulieNewmar says:

    Tina Fey has never made me laugh, never, not once, ever, not even as Palin. So to me…she is right were she belongs…in a magazine I stopped buying about 15+ years ago.

  14. Oi says:

    I like what she had to say about “the skinny”. Very very good points.

  15. princess pea says:

    after the sarah palin impressions (which honestly, i think almost anyone could have done) there isn’t much there.

    Umm, could just ol’ anyone have been the first female head writer on SNL in history? Can you list a lot of Emmy-winning female television producers? How about Mean Girls, people are still using that as an example of how “great” an actress Lohan is… no respect for the woman who wrote it?

    You certainly don’t have to LIKE her, but give a little credit where credit is due.

  16. Cath says:

    I’m tired of Tina Fey. She got way too popular and now you can tell she believes the hype about herself.

  17. Erin says:

    Love her, and give her mad respect for navigating a male and bimbo dominated industry as an intelligent writer and comidienne successfully! Most women in Hollywood seem to participate willingly in their own pidgeonholing but Tina has not.

  18. Ally says:

    Besides trying to make her look like their other automatons, I HATE that headline.

    “An Education. Tina Fey. Learning to dress like a star.”

    Yeah, cause being a wild success as a writer, comedian, actress and actual practicing star is not enough for the Vogue dimbulbs, unless you dress according to their 1950s precepts. How ludicrously patronizing! Who do they think they are, compared to a modern success story and role model like Tina Fey?

    I hate Anna Wintour. I hate US Vogue. They’re woman-squashing dinosaurs.

  19. EMV says:

    The photos are great and I love Vogue, but they should have really glammed her up for the cover to see her in a different way. I kind of miss models on the cover of fashion mags though…I love Tina Fey though, so funny and seems down to earth

  20. jover says:

    Agree with Javelin and Cheyenne. Wintour has ruined Vogue by turning it into a glossier version of US these last 10 years. True fashionistas want to see creative photography and models on the cover, not overhyped celebs that are everywhere. Go to youtube and you can see how fun and great fashion was in the 90s compared to today. Why has Anne Wintour become so fascinated with these celebs. Blake Lively as a style icon?

  21. filthycute says:

    Why does Di Caprio get the Grizzled Hollywood King treatment in his spread this month, and a successful woman like Tina Fey is infantilized in this stupid Minnie Mouse get-up?

  22. Marie says:

    Well, she kind of made it personal when she made remarks like “if McCain and Palin get elected I’ll leave the planet”. Darrell Hammond and Dana Carvey didn’t make nasty comments like that. I don’t condone anyone sending her death threats or even hate mail, though – I don’t like her, I don’t have any respect for her so I just avoid her as much as possible (although I still have a Vogue subscription, so this is going to be hard to avoid….sigh). I think that’s all one really should do, not send hate mail, because that’s just immature and ridiculous.

  23. Photos are awesome, though. 🙂

  24. Bob says:

    Tine got way over-hyped because she was making fun of Sarah Palin. Tina can only pray that Palin will run for election again, otherwise her “one note” career is over.

  25. Misty_* says:

    I’m so sick of actresses in the Vogue cover. They’re such awful posers. Tina, especially, is atrocious. Her interview wasn’t even interesting enough to make up for the bad pictures. I’m not surprised, though. Testino sucks and things get even worse when he associates with Wintour.
    I wonder for how many years we’ll have to endure the same group of boring girls getting covers and being the subject of ridiculously corny profiles (talking to you, Plum Sykes!)

  26. Liz says:

    The Minnie Mouse photo is my new monitor wallpaper. It’s lovely.

  27. orion70 says:

    She looks like she’s wearing a pot-holder on the cover.

    The other pics are lovely however.

  28. Cheyenne says:

    I think Vogue started putting actresses on the covers as a reaction to the “supermodel” phenomenon which got entirely out of hand, with people worshipping clotheshorses as if they were goddesses. Now they focus exclusively on actresses to the detriment of fashion. Whatever happened to wearable clothes? The clothes they feature in the magazine look like something from out of a horror show.

    And the covers — Jeez Louise. A Vogue cover used to be a work of art. Some of the old ones have been reprinted as posters. The covers they put out now are just plain ugly. I’ve seen better covers on Women’s Day.

  29. RAMONA says:

    Her scar is part of what makes her beautiful…It is part of her life…She chose not to have it removed, which she could have very easily, and I think they should not have airbrushed it…We all know its there and if it is missing we would notice…

  30. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    “Why does Di Caprio get the Grizzled Hollywood King treatment in his spread this month, and a successful woman like Tina Fey is infantilized in this stupid Minnie Mouse get-up?”

    yeah, I read the article on DiCaprio and when I saw this, I thought the same thing.

    Can you imagine if they asked DiCaprio to put on Mickey Mouse ears and pose half-naked?

    Why do they always have to dress women up in outlandish, embarrassing costumes like leather and rubber, or Minnie Mouse ears, or ‘look! I’m a vampire mannequin! I’m so edgy! I’m sexy, see, my mouth is hanging open, that’s HOT, right?’

    But they just leave the men alone and don’t bother photoshopping out all their character lines (for women, read: wrinkles) and facial expressions.

    It’s strange and boring.

    Vogue should just be called ‘Vague’ and be done with it.

  31. Elanenergy says:

    LOVE. TINY FEY. The dichotomy of her is the genius. She is not your typical narcissist-creative, she understands that to be “normal” is to be boring in her public image. Her art most assuredly speaks for itself.

  32. Kelly says:

    Thank you, Ally!!
    My fucking sentiments exactly. Wintour needs to hobble back to her misogynistic batcave and quit trying to suck the vitals out of every living creature with the misfortune to cross her scaly path. Who ARE these Vogueites? Do they perish horribly in daylight? Why do they hate women so badly? I’m ashamed to admit these people had ovaries until someone told them they could drop a size if they had them removed.
    As for the pics, to me, you can just see the crew writhing in disgust at the sight of ‘pre-op’ flesh.
    While I think Tina is overrated (maybe it’s just coz Im not American) I didn’t think she’d be this lame. And who gives a shit about Vogue any more?

  33. Jules says:

    @Julie Newmar wannabe- Remove the stick from your ass, it’s probably hard to illicit any positive response with that thing so far up there.