Four characters, no captions.
Let’s play ‘Caption This’ with this outtake from our ‘Orange Is The New Black’ cover shoot!
See… this picture here is an example of what I was saying.
All the women are wearing the costumes they wear on the show. This reminds you of the tone and setting of the shop. However, Piper, Red, and Alex are also rocking a full face of makeup such as eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush: makeup they do not wear on the show. Not to mention Red has had almost every wrinkle airbrushed to oblivion. These things soften their looks and therefore humanizes them. Additionally, all three women are looking demurely at the camera. Their expressions say “our show may be about women in prison, but we’re still sexy and feminine, we promise!”
Conversely, Suzanne is not wearing any eye shadow, blush, and her lipcolor is flesh-toned or clear. Uzo’s styling most resembles her character on the show, even down to Suzanne’s “crazy eyes”. Why couldn’t Uzo get some softening makeup, like the other ladies?
You may argue that Uzo’s hair and face are styled thusly as to remind the viewer of her character. If that’s the case, why not have Alex wear her signature glasses on her face? Or have Red scowling? Or have Piper looking naive and lost?
No, this is an attempt to subtly remind the viewer that Piper, Alex, and Red are fully realized characters, whereas Suzanne is just a caricature —someone you can laugh at because OMG doesn’t she look weird? And that attitude is a great disservice to Uzo, Suzanne, and the entire show.
I completely agree with this assessment. When I got this copy of EW in the mail, I was so disappointed with it. I left a comment on the FB page about it as well. Not only was Uzo’s styling ridiculous, the fact that out of a cast with so many amazing women of color they only chose one to grace the cover but included Prepon who (and I know everyone loves her) was barely on in Season 2 is so telling.