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Ellen & the Cover of W Magazine

Ellen & the Cover of W Magazine

We recently posted a You Don't Need Permission To about looking like yourself instead of everyone else, and your comments well and truly rocked.



Check out Ellen in this month's W Magazine if you haven't already; she's on the cover and is featured in a 6-page spread. I don't think she looks at all like the Ellen we know and adore. The look is slick and glam, and there's something a little too femmie going on. Why can Diane Keaton wear a gorgeous suit in a spread, or someone else be photographed barefoot, and Ellen's in dominatrix pumps and fishnets?

In the video from the shoot below, we see Ellen being funny and whimsical, and I think W missed a true opportunity to reveal Ellen's particular beauty and magic in the magazine; instead, they buried her in makeup, sexed her up, and chose images which hid her considerable charisma. Do they or don't they understand what's brilliant about this woman?


Worse still, W Magazine bizarrely and stupidly asked her to pose for the cover in a dress; Ellen wisely took a pass.

I know what this magazine is. It's beauty magazine; it's a fashion magazine. For me to even be considered and asked to be on the cover- it's huge-- When I first thought about doing it, I thought, Okay, I'll be open to this. I'll play dress up. Then I thought, I just don't feel comfortable in it. I don't want to apologize for who I am.

Do you think she still expresses herself truly in these shots, or do you feel the stylists and the magazine imposed some traditional ideas on her? Would you have rather seen Ellen photographed brilliantly but looking more like the woman we know (plus, plus, of course -- it's a fashion magazine, after all) or do you like her look in these pictures?

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lms lms 10 years
She looked like she had fun doing the shoot. She looked really good in the video.
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
I support Ellen no matter what she does. I think she knew what she was getting into when she agreed to pose for the magazine. She is such a beautiful person and her and Portia look so happy together :) She is an all around inspiration.
styleicon85 styleicon85 10 years
I think that Ellen looks pretty good and it was her choice whether or not she wanted to do this shoot. If she felt that her style and personality was being compromised then she should have spoken up about it. She seems to have enjoyed it so I don't understand why anyone else should care....
celebpretty celebpretty 10 years
Does anyone think that Portia looks like a much prettier version of Ellen Pompeo?
celebpretty celebpretty 10 years
I think she did more to prove her point by wearing the dress. She can freely say to the world, I can be just as sexy as the next girl, but I choose to be who I am, and more importantly she is comfortable with it. If only we could all have this confidence. I think Ellen is one classy lady.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
The one of her and Portia is so beautiful. Portia is just a classic total beauty and Ellen holds her own next to her, albeit in a different way. I'd be curious to read the article and see the other pics.
DearSugar DearSugar 10 years
hey jessness -- i truly don't think there's anything wrong with some makeup on ellen, but the interior shots (which i coudln't access) hardly look like her there's so much makeup. my gut feeling after seeing all the pics was that they didn't really understand her appeal & so altered her look too much. check out the mag at the newstand (the layout is in the back) & see what you think. maybe i'm just art directing, which isn't my field, of course!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
THe print is bold because someone forgot to put the end bold symbol Ellen seemed happy with the pictures so whats wrong with her putting some makeup on. I have a feeling that if she didnt like the mags concept for her she wouldnt have done it
Marci Marci 10 years
I think it's an interesting experiment, and it's great that Ellen went along with - except for wearing a dress, which would have been completely out of character for her. But she doesn't look very comfortable with the whole thin in the video. I love the picture of her with Portia best. That's the real Ellen.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Why the bold print??
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Ellen is very true to herself even in the Oscars, she refused to wear a dress! She still didn't in this shoot and I think that she enjoyed dressing up some (if you saw it on her show she had clips, she loved and enjoyed it). I love Ellen and think that she is an incredible example of strong woman who stands up for herself and does not compromise! I love her! And I love her with Portia!
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I love the pic of Ellen hugging Portia, they seem like such a loving couple and you can tell from interviews with them that they are so grateful to have found each other. I think she looks too glammed up on the cover, she really has amazing skin and doesn't need all of that makeup to look beautiful. Good for her for not wearing a dress, since she knew she wouldn't feel comfortable in one. The magazine definitely could have compromised more, since Ellen obviously did by wearing the makeup and having her hair done a certain way...on the other hand, like the quote says, she was aware this was a W cover and they were going to want to glam her up.
lebellanina lebellanina 10 years
Ellen is amazing. I just love her... ! I watched her talkshow before I heard her story and background and then I loved her even more! She's the ultimate host - I would love to meet her or be on her show. She's hysterical and she's beautiful and inspiring! How about them Oscars? Yay ELLEN! :)
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