Is Anna Wintour to Blame for Kerry Washington's Controversial Lucky Cover?

Lucky's decision to feature Kerry Washington on its December cover was met with great praise -- we were certainly excited -- but the cover itself? Not so much.
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Lucky's decision to feature Kerry Washington on its December cover was met with great praise -- we were certainly excited -- but the cover itself? Not so much.
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Lucky's decision to feature Kerry Washington on its December cover was met with great praise -- we were certainly excited -- but the cover itself? Not so much.

It was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Many headlines declared that Washington looked "unrecognizable." And many Lucky fans took to social media to direct their concerns towards Editor in Chief Eva Chen herself. "Horrid," "Looks off," "I think you're amazing, but you guys butchered Kerry!" and "Poor Kerry. She's much more beautiful than this," were among the many negative comments on Chen's Instagram revealing the cover.

Eva Chen, unsurprisingly, is taking it all in stride. “I realize that when you put something on social media, it’s meant to be a conversation,” she told WWD. Indeed, she is famously prolific on social media, eager to share and interact with fans. However, instead of firmly defending the cover, she brought up her inexperience. "I’m still pretty new to this [being an editor in chief]," she said. "It’s only been four months, but I’ve been active in social media for a while now. Anything on social media is up for debate. Conversation is a good thing.”

This is the first of Chen's Lucky covers that we've had anything negative to say about -- we thought Kate Bosworth, Blake Lively and Eva Mendes all looked great on theirs. In fact, the response to Washington's cover reminds us more of the flack Vogue tends to get for its often awkward, overly photoshopped covers. And what do you know? Chen says Vogue EIC and Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour was "definitely aware of our cover selection and was very supportive." Not that she's shifting the blame or anything: “Anna always provides me with guidance. As editor in chief, it comes down to my decision — and Anna agreed.”

It's interesting that Chen responded at all -- Vogue never has regarding its questionable covers. Perhaps it's another example of the spirit of interaction and approachability Chen seems to be promoting at the magazine.