Heartbreak has treated her well.
Like countless other Adele followers and fans out there, I've had Someone Like You and Set Fire to the Rain on replay since January. Tonight, Adele is projected to win the prestigious Mercury Award for "Album of the Year" which is the UK's top musical honor. Furthermore, she covers the October "Englishwoman" issue of British Vogue as the quintessential "English woman." Talk about Hometown Glory.
Adele on the October 2011 issue of British Vogue. (Photo courtesy of Stylite)
First, I'd like to note that Adele is no stranger to Vogue. In 2009, Anna Wintour requested to style the "Chasing Pavements" artist for the Grammy Awards, which was the same year she won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The designer of choice by Wintour was New York-based Barbara Tfank who has since worked with Adele and has a few (good) things to say about the record-breaking artist. "Adele is a lionness. She has poise, taste, humour and soul."
Next, there is something mildly disgruntling about Adele's cover image. The British chart-topping songwriter, who was interviewed by Christa D'Souza and photographed by Sølve Sundsbø, wears a cobalt blue Burberry lace dress that can barely be seen along with the remainder of her figure in the photo.
The dress, an atypical color choice for Adele (who usually likes to wear black) is generating buzz for its lack of presence on the cover. After all, it does seem like a pre-meditated move for a publication that is notorious for featuring rail-thin models in its page.
On the bright side, Adele looks stunning- her haunting gaze paired with those pouty lips makes me want to believe that it was the editors' intention to capture the anguish and triumph the artist has encountered from 21 to 23.
After all, it was Adele who told Rolling Stone this summer in an interview, "Even if I had a really good figure, I don't think I'd get my tits and ass out for no one." So rather than pointing fingers, we'd like to highlight the successes of the artist with this afternoon musical treat. Enjoy!