With all due respect to Anna Wintour, I could not help but give the side-eye when I saw Vogue's February cover girl. All personal preferences aside, I struggled to see what about Taylor Swift fits the Vogue bill. While it is true that the U.S. version of the magazine is much more commercial and celebrity-focused than its European counterparts, and long gone are the days of Cindy, Niki and Naomi as the magazine's prime stars, I could not help but brainstorm which "It" Girls I think are worthy of an upcoming spotlight.
Following are my starlet picks for this year's Vogue covers. They are gorgeous, they are fashion-forward and, of course, they have "It." Shockingly, none of these ladies have landed a cover — yet. (Anna, are you listening?)
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Do I need an explanation for this one? It is crystal clear I am a huge Mila fan, but her new campaign representing Dior Spring/Summer 2012 is yet another reason to give her a Vogue spotlight. Très chic.
Oh, Emma. I can't get enough of this girl. I am drawn to her because of her talent, but her charm also makes her a standout. She is often on the Best Dressed lists, and her Lanvin gown was one of the few that received my personal stamp of approval at this year's Golden Globes. Emma also rocked Lanvin at a pre-Golden Globes W Magazine party, a premiere of The Help a few months ago and last year's British Academy Film Awards. Hmm...do I smell a partnership on the horizon? Let's also not forget Emma has three movies slated for a 2012 release, so we can expect a lot of red carpet looks this year. Hopefully, a Vogue cover is also on the list!
I think Lizzie is likely the biggest "It" Girl to watch in 2012. She received a great deal of recognition for her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene last year, even scoring the New Generation Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards last weekend. On the fashion front, she once said it makes her "nervous," but considering her undeniable ability to pull off Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler (as seen above) on the red carpet, it is only a matter of time before she is scooped up as a designer's muse.
Rachel is hands-down one of my favorites when it comes to fashion inspiration. She nails it every time she makes an event appearance, and her street style is impeccable. In the past year, she worked with Karl Lagerfeld on advertisements for Magnum ice cream, launched ShoeMint and became a guest editor for Piperlime and style director for Sunglass Hut. It only seems fitting that an "It" Girl who is so passionate about and influential in womenswear receives the honor of a cover.
Blair Waldorf is easily one of the best characters on television. But Leighton herself also has the "It" factor and a sense of style just as enviable as Blair's. While I often rave about Blake Lively, she has scored two Vogue covers. I would love to see how the editors would style Leighton as their cover girl in the near future.