Why is Scarlett Johansson always styled to look so corpsey?


Scarlett Johansson is the cover girl for the May issue of In Style Magazine, probably to promote her role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. ScarJo is definitely getting the most notice by the fanboys, as opposed to Gwyneth “Wine-soaked Goop” Paltrow, who is being virtually ignored by the studio. Still, Gwyneth will get attention. She will get the bigger fashion magazine covers. She will try to outdo ScarJo on the red carpet. Still, ScarJo will end up more beloved by the fanboys. Poor Goop. Anyway, InStyle hasn’t released any excerpts from the cover story yet, we do get to see ScarJo styled with a very curly head of hair. While I prefer ScarJo with lighter hair, I’m not really sure about the big halo of curls. It looks odd on her.

Speaking of odd, ScarJo’s latest pics for her fourth season as model for Mango have come out. While they’re not as corpsey (my trademarked adjective) as her previous Mango ad campaigns, ScarJo does look a little deathly in some of the photos. Which leads me to an important question – why is ScarJo’s magazine and ad campaign styling always so crappy? She’s a beautiful woman. Why does everyone try to make her look like a corpse, or give her a strawberry afro, or Photoshop her into looking like a doll? I don’t have the answer, I’m just putting that out there.




InStyle cover courtesy of CoverAwards. New Mango ads courtesy of InStyle online.

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  1. malame says:

    she looks like she just died in thefirst 2 mango pics

  2. GatsbyGal says:

    The fanboys love ScarJo because she’s that hot girl-next-door type. Goopy either reminds them of their strung-out mother or their harpy of an older sister who attends art college and sneers at them.

  3. Miss Thang says:

    Because so many people wish she were dead?

  4. Alexis says:

    other than the ugly prom circa 1992 cover, she’s styled/photoshopped to look like Amanda Seyfreid, no?

  5. SweB says:

    Maybe the corpsey look is supposed to go with her blank, dead looking eyes?

  6. voiceover says:

    I think these shots are really beautiful, but I dunno. I could take or leave her. I think she’s pretty sometimes, but I don’t think she’s ravishing the way everybody insists. But I have to say, I don’t get the bitterness towards Paltrow. Everybody on this site (fans AND writers) seem to really have it out for her. And, as far as I’ve looked, I don’t see a reason why. Somebody explain?

  7. lem says:

    wow. has she had work done on her face or have they just photoshopped her into oblivion. it looks NOTHING like her. she looks better with a bit more meat on her bones. i think she looks “corpsey” because she looks emaciated in some of these pics.

  8. Ursaline says:

    Not so crazy about the first two mango shots, but the third strangely reminds me of Brooke Sheilds back in the late 70s when she did Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon. I don’t know, is it the pout?



  9. Macheath says:

    @ Voiceover
    I wonder the same thing. Paltrow doesn’t offend me either. Maybe we missed something. I totally agree with the rest of your comment too; Scarjo just doesn’t interest me personality or looks wise *kanyeshrug* fanboys love her so to each his/her own.

  10. canadianchick says:

    I love me some Scarjo but she and her eyebrows and jawline look fug in some of those photos. That curly hair cover looks like Annie on oxycontin.

  11. padiddle says:

    I miss her curves :(
    I thought she looked so much better when she was a little heavier.

  12. Ursaline says:

    I read somewhere that ScarJo lost the weight to fit into that lycra catsuit for Iron Man 2. Someone said that she and GOOP were working out together with Tracy Anderson and that she’d lost a bunch of weight to compete for roles that younger actresses wanted. But then, the stories about the ScarJo-GOOP rivalry don’t seem to make sense. Thoughts, anyone?

  13. thepickle says:

    the clothes are not “corpsey”- she just has no range as a model

  14. tekhana says:

    They’re trying to make her look “deep” and mysterious. lol

  15. Brittney says:

    I realize this implies shallowness, just of a different sort, but I do wish she’d gain back some (all, really) of the weight she lost for this role.

    It’s been said before, but when her beauty began to blend with Hollywood’s standards, so much of it vanished.

  16. Simi says:

    These pics look nothing like SJ in person!
    The pics are so overly photoshopped, she looks like a cyber character.

  17. whateva says:

    i think these pics hearken back to the girl i recognize from the Horse Whisperer. to me, this looks just like SJ. i agree w/ every comment in the thread! yay! i’m not on Mars today after all…

  18. JC126 says:

    Wow – it looks to me like the stylist tried to make her look like Kate Winslet!
    Way too much eyebrow, too.

  19. Anj says:

    She would be pretty terrific in a murder mystery movie…………as a dead body.

  20. rlr260 says:

    She’s got that dead-behind-the-eyes look to me. For a while all her photos where she was not smiling had a slack-jawed, mouth slightly open look which made her look mentally impaired. Her mouth is open in all these shots, too, but she does look a little more intelligent.

  21. Kelly says:

    I can tell you why! Because she has a strange, slightly equine face with some ravishing details but some bloody awkward angles, and as a photographer I imagine she’d be a nightmare to get a decent pic of. By decent pic, I mean marketable pic, with her looking conventionally, commercially pretty, which she really isn’t. Hence the over’shopping and ‘let’s go for this outrageous overcooked look’ shiz. They think they’re ‘compensating’ for her lack of conventional structure. I really wish people would stop doing that and just let the faces talk.
    You could just ‘snapshot’ her semi-candid styles and get something really interesting, because she’s so oddly beautiful, but you’d have to factor in the structural weirdness and hope your clients were ok with it. Most aren’t. It never ceases to amaze me how conservative people are when it comes to women’s faces. They just dont like strange or individual, no matter how real it. There is a template and they stick like hell to it! What a pity!

  22. archiepelago says:

    She sat across from me a few years ago when she still had the baby fat and the very blond hair – she was so pale and her hair so blond, she did look a little other wordly. Like Malfoy from Harry Potter.

  23. yodarike says:

    Great pictures.
    She looks really cute!!!

  24. Luci says:

    frankly, Im not a scarlet johanson fan and I agree with you that the pictures make her look like a corpse, both of which don’t make me want to go to mango

    ps: she used to have a great body and I dont know why she decided to diet

  25. Lonely Wanker says:

    Well, the diet was for the Iron Man 2 role. Not because she needed to be skinnier but because it was a physical role.

    Go to Youtube and search her recent appearace on David Letterman show. There she looked a lot more like her oldself… excluding the trademark cleavage.