Justin Bieber’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Cover Bombs

Justin Bieber Vanity Fair CoverWhat happens when you put one of the world’s biggest teen sensations — a celeb so big he can shut down an entire Liverpool hotel with his mere presence — on the cover of your glossy magazine, cover him in lipstick marks and let a grown woman pull on his tie like he’s actually a big boy? Nothing, apparently. Vanity Fair’s latest cover features pop prince Justin Bieber looking just a little too sexed up (yet no one seems to be complaining about the fact that he’s underage!) and it’s about to be the worst-selling issue the magazine has seen in 12 years. I guess all those middle school girls didn’t have enough wiggle room in their allowance to pick up a five-dollar magazine whose non-Bieber content profiles folks like Julian Assange and Warren Buffett. It’s not exactly the glitter-covered celeb fodder they’ve come to expect from J-14 and Tiger Beat.

The Bieber cover only sold 246,000 copies this month, which is low for Vanity Fair. Of course, he’s not the only big celeb to be the face of a low-selling issue. This cover will join Will Smith’s 1999 one and Harrison Ford’s 1993 cover, and both of those sold less than Bieber’s and that was before magazines were really starting to get hit hard by the internet. So, at least he’s got that. Oh, and a billion screaming fans. That’ll probably ease the pain.

Source: WWD, CinemaBlend

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.