16 Behind the Scenes Stories About Complex's 2012 Magazine Covers

Paula Patton: The P Is Free

Issue: December 2011/January 2012

Photographer: Thierry Le Gouès

Written By: Matt Barone (@MBarone)

 

She had just had a child, so this was her 'coming back,' like unveiling her post-baby body.

 

Brent Rollins: "We had been trying to get Paula Patton on the cover for a long time. The photographer, Thierry Le Gouès, shot our Beyoncé cover and is a renowned fashion photographer, so we were excited to learn he'd be coming back for this shoot."

Gina Batlle: "I did a lot of the research for the concept. The idea was to put her in gymnastic positions but have them be sexy. She had just had a child, so this was her 'coming back,' like unveiling her post-baby body. We only got three looks in, because she got a phone call saying that her kid had some sort of medical emergency. I think the pictures came out well, but we didn't end up getting to do a lot of what we wanted. There were parts where she was supposed to be in the air hanging from those rings with her legs in them, but we didn't get to do it."

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