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Dakota Johnson's February 'Vogue' Cover Is...Disappointing

The accompanying video, though, is pure gold.
Dakota Johnson on the February cover of 'Vogue.' Photo: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

Dakota Johnson on the February cover of 'Vogue.' Photo: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

The second installment of the much-maligned "Fifty Shades" series, "Fifty Shades Darker," is set for a very romantic Valentine's Day weekend debut on February 10. Regardless of how you feel about the "Fifty Shades" series, we can all find common ground in getting excited in the accompanying press tour; whether you believe stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan truly hate each other or enjoy their unique chemistry (and Johnson's incredible style), we're due to see a lot of them in the coming weeks.

As a result, it was almost inevitable that Johnson — her celebrity upbringing and style pedigree making her a no-brainer for Anna Wintour — would score the February cover of Vogue, as she did when the first film came out in 2015. Patrick Demarchelier shot the star for her second Vogue cover, and we have to ask: What, exactly, is going on here? Johnson looks like perhaps she's wearing a wig, a few shades darker (heh) than her own hair and cut into a shag. Many of the shots feature Johnson in awkward poses or with a stiff face.  

The interview fares much better, with Johnson's fun personality sparking between talking home renovations and sex jokes — and, yes
"Fifty Shades," which she swears she loves. (Oh, and about the rumors that she and Dornan hate each other — or are sleeping together — she says, "We hate each other and we're having an affair, so everybody's right. How about that?")

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The saving grace of the shoot is the b-roll video, shot by Cass Bird, which features Johnson being her funniest self. She opens with a pretty spot-on impersonation of Miranda Kerr, jokes about learning how to do her makeup from YouTube tutorials (complete with some pretty extreme contouring) and FaceTimes with pal Karlie Kloss. It's all so charming, one might wish the editorial had a more similar feel. 

You can see Dakota Johnson's February cover shoot at

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