The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar does something it’s never done before—show the back of someone’s head. (This image with Gisele Bundchen in 2002 wasn’t an actual front cover.)That’s Gwyneth Paltrow gracing the cover in a black Anthony Vaccarello dress and showing a lot of leg.
The cover won’t be seen on newsstands. Rather, this version of the March issue will be the cover that only subscribers receive. Newsstand buyers will get a more “normal” cover, featuring Paltrow’s face and a bunch of teasing headlines.
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The faceless Paltrow cover kicks off the magazine’s redesign—its first revamp in a decade.
The redesign comes after a 12 per cent decrease in ad pages last year. The revamped magazine will contain 15.5 per cent more ad pages, bringing the page total from 235 to 271—still behind Elle, InStyle and Vogue‘s March numbers.
The new Harper‘s is one inch larger, contains thicker paper and has new cover typography (Didot, in case you’re a font geek).
Two items that remain unchanged are the iconic black logo and the “Fabulous at Every Age” feature. Harper‘s will also continue to make separate covers for newsstands and subscribers. Publisher Carol Smith, formerly of Elle, credits the redesign as her first official issue even though she has been with the magazine since last May.
The issue hits stands Feb. 14.
Ok. This isn't an actual subscriber cover...However, Gwyneth Paltrow wasn't the first to have the back of her head photographed for a Bazaar shoot. In 2002, model Gisele Bundchen appeared in a front-to-back photo on the magazine's cover.
Kate Winslet dazzled as she appeared hanging from a skyscraper among the NYC skyline.
Demi Moore's pose with a giraffe won photographer Mark Seliger the MIN Editorial & Design Award for Best Cover Design, a Folio Ozzie Award, and was named one of Time's Top 10 Magazine Covers of 2010.
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