Famous always puts a cute spin on the week’s hottest celeb stories, with appearances by Lohan (on pages 6–7 and 13, for stealing a necklace and regretting getting cosmetic surgery too young, respectively); Kim and Kourtney Kardashian (p. 8–9), who are—unbelievably—fighting over Scott Disick; the Twilight stars and their salary wars (p. 16–17); Rihanna, who might be coming out of the closet after revelations by Hollywood socialite Tajah, who claims she had a lesbian affair with the singer (p. 20–21); and Lauren Conrad, who is taking the New York City fashion world by storm (p. 24–25).
Speaking of fashion, it is a key element in this week’s issue, with several stellar items I would like to see in my wardrobe in the very near future.
I’ll be reserving some shoe space for Jeffrey Campbell’s red suede booties on page 47, while By Johnny’s cut-out dress (p. 50) is perfect for an upcoming masquerade cocktail party I’ve been invited to. Accessorised with some chunky gold jewellery à la Nicole Richie (with Khloe Kardashian at an L.A. Lakers game on page 40) and a mask to match, it should make for a versatile piece.
Elsewhere, Lady Gaga gets trashed (p. 28–29); Zac Efron dates five girls at one time (p. 30–31); the stars strike a pose on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards (p. 36–37); Kate Moss gets thrifty at a market stall (p. 38); Reese Witherspoon shops for bridal magazines in preparation for her upcoming nuptials (p. 39); and Gossip Girl gets curly (p. 45).
Famous is always good value (at $3.95, it’s the cheapest glossy on the block), and this issue is no exception. I love it for its smart captions and coverlines, great composition of celeb shots, and its knack for getting the balance right between left-of-centre reporting and “Britney-goes-to-Starbucks” frivolity.