The texts are mostly in black and various hues of pink, used to emphasize words in titles. As a whole, the written text, being influenced by the background color now becomes part of the visual. The coordination of colors of the titles, the model’s clothes and other objects in the cover page all come together well to produce an impression of high stylization and a connotation of modern fashion (Machin & Thornborrow, 2003) which Cosmopolitan is known for.
Using Miley Cyrus, previously known as a wholesome star of a youth-oriented program, Hannah Montana, as the cover girl who has shed such goody-goody image and embraced a sophisticated-woman-persona may have been a move to stir controversy, and so, attract buyers. Miley’s cover reflects Cosmopolitan’s “fun, fearless female” philosophy (Streitmatter, 2004). No matter what background Miley Cyrus had, once she becomes a Cosmopolitan woman, she is welcomed into the world of strong, sexually seductive and powerful women (Machin & Thornborrow, 2003).
The use of pink background may intentionally indicate Miley’s past as a wholesome teenager. The color Pink usually connotes softness and femininity (Machin, 2007) which were words that could have described her as Hannah Montana. However, Miley’s picture becomes ironic to what Pink represents because she can be perceived as a sexually mature woman, knowledgeable about the ways of the world. Her Cosmopolitan image is far from the innocent Hannah Montana that she characterized just a few years before. The visual elements of the cover page collaborated to successfully depict Miley’s transformation a daring, fun and uninhibited sex symbol and no longer an innocent child.
In analyzing the cover page in-depth, the image of Miley Cyrus can be considered symbolic of what she was undergoing at the time of the shoot. While she wears white, a color that connotes purity and wholesomeness, she wears