As we're sure you now know, Vogue cover girls aren't just plucked out of a hat at random. A lot of careful planning goes into picking the stars of each month--who has a film coming out when? Who has Anna Wintour built a relationship with? Who fits each issue's theme? After years of...foreseeable covers, we feel like we more or less know a future Vogue cover girl when we see one. So, we've decided to try and predict who will cover the glossy in 2013 (besides Saint Laurent-clad Gwen Stefani of course).
Taking into consideration whom Anna Wintour sat next to at fashion shows, past cover girls, 2013's most highly-anticipated movies and albums, rumors, and our own wishful thinking, click through for 11 ladies we think could very possibly cover Vogue in the next 11 months and a little rationale.
Carey Mulligan She stars in one of this year's most highly-anticipated films (Baz Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby). That alone would be enough to earn her a Vogue cover, but she's also a bit of a Vogue darling--she co-chaired last year's Met Ball (in which Lurhmann, a friend of Anna Wintour's, was also involved), covered the magazine in 2010 and consistently lands herself on every best dressed list.
Kate Upton There have been rumors that Kate Upton would cover Vogue's February issue and we wouldn't be surprised. The overnight fashion sensation has already graced the magazine's pages, was featured on Vogue.com even more recently, and has already covered the Italian and British versions of the glossy. The cover could truly solidify her as a fashion force to be reckoned with (to some, CR Fashion Book may have already done that). We just hope they don't try to make her into something she's not.
Lena Dunham We think 2013 will be the year that Dunham, who's been a bit of an indie darling, will catapult into mainstream fame. The second season of her show, Girls, starts this month and a third is on the way; she recently nabbed a book deal; and she's definitely been embraced by the fashion world (remember that time she attended the Met Ball with Hamish Bowles?), even if some of her red carpet choices have been controversial.
Beyonce Rumor has it Annie Leibovitz already shot Bey for Vogue's March issue and we believe it. For one, Beyonce's scheduled to perform at the 2013 Superbowl in February (when the issue would land on newsstands) and her next album's due out in 2013. Plus, for the past two years, Vogue has featured young female songstresses on its March issue (first Lady Gaga, then Adele). She also attended the Met Ball this year and that always means something, doesn't it.
Gwyneth Paltrow It's been a minute since our beloved Gwyneth last graced the cover of Vogue and we think it's about time, especially since she stars in Iron Man 3, due out in May. Oh, and her second cookbook, It's All Good, is due out in April. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a well-timed Vogue cover.
Victoria Beckham For one thing, Victoria Beckham has been hanging out with Anna Wintour way too much lately for this not to happen. She's one of few successful fashion designers with enough star power to sell magazines. Plus, "sources" (yeah, grain of salt) have said that the reason she's kind of been snubbing her former Spice Girls bandmates (she totally has) is because she's worried that will hurt her chances of a US Vogue cover.
Kristin Wiig Wiig has upped her fashion game considerably over the past year--making smart, yet adventurous red carpet decisions, and attending shows and other fashion events like the Met Ball. Plus, she has a ton of movies coming out this year and we'd love to see another comedienne on the cover of Vogue.
Claire Danes Is there a TV show in existence that people talk about more than Homeland? It's topical; everyone's obsessed with it; and Claire Danes has always been pretty fashion-y. Plus, Danes and Wintour sat next to each other at a fashion show, so, duh. What else could Wintour have said to her, but, "Hey, let's get you a Vogue cover."
Karlie Kloss Come on, American Vogue? Why not put a model on your cover again for old time's sake? Everyone else has. And at this point Kloss's star power is far beyond that of your typical model. Not to mention Kloss was in Vogue more than anyone else last year.
Azealia Banks This may sound a little crazy, but here's why it makes sense: Banks's debut album comes out this year; Vogue seems to like musicians (it featured three on the cover last year); she took the fashion world by storm last year, performed at the Met Ball, and aligned herself with Alexander Wang, whose name will be on everyone's tongue in 2013 as he prepares to make his debut at Balenciaga. Then again, given what Banks has been saying about the fashion industry lately, she may not be that into a Vogue cover.