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PS Flop? Madonna On The Cover Of Harper's Bazaar's 150th Anniversary

PS Flop? Madonna On The Cover Of Harper's Bazaar's 150th Anniversary

I received a lot of e-mails today regarding Madonna on the cover of Harper's 150th Anniversary. 

I'll be honest, when I saw the entire spread, I thought it was a pretty nice story. Especially her on the stairs (damn, what an outfit!), but then I scrolled down and got to the cover. 

I assume it was a call from her side where she didn't want any wrinkles visible at all. I get it - I get asked to do that as well to SOME degree.

However, when I asked people what they thought, they said that keeping a hint of the laugh lines or a bit of the undereyes would have made it more appealing. They said it felt bright and flat and that is also why they didn't like it. 

You can also notice on the edges of her cheeks fading into the hair, there were a lot of issues. The end visual experience for me falls apart as well. 

Maybe we're wrong. What do you think, do you like the cover or feel it could have been better? 

If I were the editor, I would have put, "Retouched for the very first time" on the cover as a song pun. Maybe that's why I'm not an editor. 

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