July/August* issues of women’s magazines feature the last glimpse of summer before the famed September issues fill newsstands bursting with fall fashion ideas. In this roundup of covers, we’re provided with a refreshing take on the stars, whether via physical transformations (a toned down Katy Perry), or through outlooks (Salma Hayek’s healthy body image). Read on for a peek into the issues.
Her candid approach to Hollywood’s weight obsession: “Perfect isn’t normal, nor is it interesting. Some of these actresses or public personas who are very public about their disciplined diets, more power to them. I just don’t see the point. I’m just not going to be one of those people photographed in a bikini where people are like, ‘OMG, look at Amy!’ I mean, it might be OMG, but not for the reasons I want.” She also appreciates a good helping of greasy food: “Nachos. I want chips, I want cheese, I want beans, I want beef, I want jalapeños.”
On the newly minted country singer’s surprising (and much older) crush: “I’m single for the first time since I was 16. I love Mark Wahlberg. Robert Downey Jr is my ultimate. And I think Steve Carell is so sexy. I like being single.”
P.S. Anyone remember 13-year-old Lucy from American Juniors aka the kids version of American Idol?
On beauty: “I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be. I could do a lot more—exercise, or not eat dessert. Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I don’t think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. It’s a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course.”
The girl-next-door on the negative side of her expansive social media presence: “There is always gonna be a little bit of … negativity, which just comes with the territory. You realize it doesn’t matter. It’s so simple, but it’s a very hard lesson to learn. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really affect you in any way.”
Four-time Teen Vogue cover girl on fame: “I think, in a way, I was very protected during Harry Potter, because I was working all the time. I would get in the car, go to the studio, and go home.” After enrolling at Brown, “It sounds stupid, or completely unbelievable, but that was when I really realized that I was famous. There are still days when I deal with it horribly and there are days when I deal with it really well.”
This marks the pop star’s first Vogue cover. On her ill-fated marriage to Russell Brand: “He’s a very smart man, and I was in love with him when I married him. Let’s just say I haven’t heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011. At first when I met him he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they’re like, I can’t handle the equalness.”
*Different magazines have different editorial calendars, so I feature the newest issue, rather than by month.