PIX: The Top Ten Cover Girls Of 2011
Scorching. Sublime. Sassy.
The year 2011 saw an array of moods and attitude on magazine covers. Some dropped clothes. Some got wings. Some stayed classy. With technology creeping into every aspect of our lives, it's hard to tell true pictures from enhanced ones.
Nevertheless, there's no substitute for glamour.
Here are then, our pick of the Top 10 Cover Girls of 2011.
Bipasha Basu, Maxim
Holy alliteration! The Players star gets bold, beautiful and bare for Maxim's fifth anniversary issue.
With every passing cover, Bipasha's sets the mercury rising, this year shedding all her inhibitions to ignite life into the sepia tones of this erotic but elegant picture.
2012 can hardly wait.
Image: Bipasha Basu
Deepika Padukone, Harper's Bazaar
From sweet and sexy to stark and serene, Deepika Padukone gamely dabbles with clothes and cosmetics to provide wow-inducing results.
One saw her fabulous frame on numerous magazine covers but nothing can outdo the old world charm she creates simply with her radiant countenance on the collector's issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Image: Deepika Padukone
Kangna Ranaut, Hi Blitz
There's nothing run-of-the-mill about Kangna's spunky approach to fashion.
The Tanu Weds Manu girl stuns yet again in a fierce and fascinating Black Swan-inspired avatar.
Her only accessory? A cold, ruthless smile.
Image: Kangna Ranaut
Sonam Kapoor, The Man
Monochrome cover layouts can get bland and boring.
Not really, if the model in question happens to be resident fashionista Sonam Kapoor.
Her effortless chic and super confident pose leave no space for dull. And boy, does she work that fedora or what? Right, Indie?
Image: Sonam Kapoor
Katrina Kaif, Elle
Thanks to Sheila ki jawani to Chikni Chameli, Katrina Kaif's already the *It* girl of item numbers.
Her drawing power isn't confined to big screen alone.
Feel the electric vibes sent out by Kats on this glittery Elle cover?
Image: Katrina Kaif
Anushka Sharma, Le 'Officiel
Not just content gracing the red carpet, the Band Baaja Baraat heroine made a splash as the demure cover girl on Le 'Officiel in a dreamy Valentino gown.
Love at first sight? Over to Ranveer!
Image: Anushka Sharma
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vogue
The newly-turned mommy of a baby girl began the year on an edgy note with her striking cover for Vogue in a Roksanda Ilincic blazer.
The makeup. The hair. The poise. The gaze.
Everything about Aishwarya's look screams va-va-voom
Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Kalki Koechlin, Grazia
With a Julia Roberts-meet- Bugs Bunny smile and bohemian style, Kalki is precisely what glossies are looking for -- novelty.
And this fun Grazia cover highlights her potential to be a wild mix of bubblegum and classy.
Image: Kalki Koechlin
Chitrangada Singh, Verve
Fashion editors know a pretty woman when they see one.
And who better than the exquisite Chitrangada Singh to evoke aqua-hued fervor on Verve's summer issue?
It's hard to concentrate on Gaurav Gupta's creation when the model looks this dazzling.
Image: Chitrangada Singh
Kareena Kapoor, Filmfare
Bebo unleashes the Lolita within in a cutesy polka dot frock by Gauri & Nainika for Filmfare's retro photo spread.
The pasty make-up against the colourful balloons and Bollywood darling's gleaming grin makes for an interesting play of contrasts.
Image: Kareena Kapoor