And here, at last, we have our final Vogue cover of 2013.
I must admit that I love it, and not only because I — like so many other students — had a poster of Sir Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June on my wall in college, and this is clearly inspired by that painting, which I love. But that’s part of it. It is so refreshing to see a magazine cover that isn’t just Celebrity In Gown, but is actually making a reference to something. Sure, her makeup isn’t something she’d wear out, but for once that’s actually beside the point. As we’ve often discussed, Chastain often looks not-quite-right on the red carpet, but she’s a wonderful actor, and it’s brilliant of Vogue to give her a part to play on the cover. I actually want to buy this issue and put it on my coffee table; I think it is gorgeous.