The time is now! Take out your crystal ball, peer deep into your soul, and decide which 12 women will get the nod from Anna Wintour and land themselves a still-coveted Vogue cover in 2019.
My not-in-order choices — and, again, these are my picks for what WILL happen, not what I think should happen, though many of these would be perfectly legit covers — are:
- Well, Priyanka Chopra, as we already saw that one.
- The 2018 Met Gala’s theme is “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which should be fun — and here I thought I’d never use all those essays I read about camp in college! The hosts are Harry Styles and Lady Gaga, and Serena Williams and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele are “co-chairs.” (I love Serena very much, as I note below, but I do not think of her as being particularly campy.) Normally, one of the Met’s hosts gets a cover, but Lady Gaga and Serena BOTH got covers in 2018 and I’m not sure if they’re going to get a repeat. I guess I’m going to predict Harry Styles — he IS very fashionable, but Vogue doesn’t usually give a man the cover? It might be Harry Styles Plus Famous Model — Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner, thus also covering the Whoops We Should Hire A Model slot.
- Brie Larson for Captain Marvel
- Ruth Negga (she’s in a Brad Pitt movie that comes out in May)
- Charlize Theron (she’s in a movie in June, and also in the Addams Family reboot later in the year)
- Jennifer Lawrence (there’s a new X-Men movie coming — oh my god how many do we need?!)
- Tessa Thompson (for the new Men in Black)
- Margot Robbie (she’s in the Tarantino/Manson family movie as Sharon Tate, and they DIDN’T give it to her for Mary, Queen of Scots)
- Michelle Dockery, MAYBE with the rest of the Downton ladies, for that movie when it comes out September. (Do I think they’ll give Dockery the cover of the September issue? Not really — I think they’re going to fudge it and give her November, which of course actually comes out in September, anyway.)
- Nicole Kidman, for when the adaptation of The Goldfinch FINALLY comes out.
- Lupita Nyong’o (the next Star Wars installment is due in December, but she’s also in the new Jordan Peele movie in March.)
- And I need a musician, other than Harry Styles! Beyonce is in The Lion King, but I don’t know if she cares enough to do another Vogue cover this year (I’m sure Vogue would be delighted, but the question is: Would Bey take the energy to give some love to Vogue two years in a row? My thought is no.) Rihanna has a new album coming out in 2019, but so allegedly does Adele. (I feel like the only musicians Vogue cares about are Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Beyonce.) I sort of wish they’d give it to Celine Dion, whose residency in Vegas is ending in 2019. This is never going to happen, but what the hell: I’m making Celine my upset pick of the year.
And, in case you want to see how you did last year, voila! (I got four correct, which honestly is better than usual. I ALMOST gave myself credit for five, as I did predict “some random Olympians” for February, and we got Serena Williams with Baby Olympia in February and Serena is a highly decorated Olympian and it would be random to feature a tennis player in February, and of course Olympia is NAMED OLYMPIA but…it would be dishonest to pretend I did not mean some sexy skiers and a figure skater. [I do think it’s weird that Anna ignored the Olympics, but I love Serena and that interview was excellent, so shrug.])