Carey Mulligan is one very popular cover star. The Drive actress covers the November issue of ELLE France and the December issue of german Glamour, which would be awesome if the photos weren’t identical. Worse yet — they’re both recycled from Vogue’s October 2010 issue which, yes, is over a year old.
The Glamour cover is less unusual, as its part of the same Conde Nast family as Vogue. Magazines within the same publishing house regularly recycle their images, particularly with international issues. ELLE France, which is owned by Hachette Filipacchi, has us scratching our heads.
The most plausible explanation, as our friends at Fashionista pointed out, is that for some reason photographer Peter Lindbergh retained the rights to the image, which he then licensed to ELLE France. We’re surprised Vogue didn’t have a longer embargo — yes, the cover is over a year old, but it’s still relatively fresh, at least in our minds. Because who can forget the awesome behind-the-scenes interview Mulligan gave, in which she revealed that Chanel couture dress she’s wearing “wouldn’t go over [her] arse” and thus was shot with a towel wrapped around her waist. Bless her honest little heart.