finalist ‘fashion’ cover 2009
Though her head is piled high with braids and her eyes are heavily made up, Anne Hathaway appears on the October 2008 cover of W with her soul bared. The photo shoot coincided with the implosion of Hathaway’s personal life--her longtime boyfriend had been revealed as a con man--and it’s impossible not to connect that event to the raw vulnerability of her expression. Hathaway displays a strain of beauty light-years away from her usual confident, scarlet-lipped, wise-beyond-her-age red-carpet persona. But this image is no less powerful: Here she is fragility incarnate, both gorgeous and heartbreaking.