Elle is a worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. Elle is also the world's best-selling fashion magazine. It was founded by Pierre Lazareff and his wife Hélène Gordon in 1945. The title, in French, means "she" or "her."
Adele has appeared on the cover of the magazine twice.
Adele first appeared in the March 5, 2009 issue of the magazine. She was photographed by Thomas Whiteside. Though she did not appear on the cover of this issue, a photograph from the photoshoot was used as one of the covers for Elle's April 2013 "Women in Music" issue.
Some of the footage taken from the photoshoot, including a brief video of Adele playing piano and singing "Cold Shoulder," was released through People magazine's social media.
In March 2011, Elle published an interview with Adele in which she discussed her then-new record 21, which can be read here.
There are plenty of trophied twentysomethings who can drum up an achy love song. But there are few young artists channeling the emotional heft of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" or grasping Aretha Franklin's nirvana-reaching levels of gospel and soul like 22-year-old Adele. Her double-Grammy-winning 2008 debut, 19, chronicled a fallen relationship with such intensity that we actually felt heartbroken too, no matter our relationship status. On her Rick Rubin–assisted follow-up, 21 (each album is named for her age when she wrote it), the south London native, who XL Recordings discovered on Myspace in 2006, manages to out-emote even herself, with more weighty breakup tunes—such as the bittersweet piano ballad "Someone Like You," in which she wishes an ex "nothing but the best" for him and his new wife. She's not quite so resigned on the rousing disco-gospel single "Rolling in the Deep," a screw-you blast to the one who wronged her.
How is it that soul music mines a broken heart so well?
Soul's got so much depth. It's not about the glitter, the tits, the hair. Sometimes with pop music, you have to see it to love it. With soul music, it's sparse. There's nothing that's pretentious or planned. It's just so gutsy.
It must be tough to get gutsy with Rick Rubin in the room. How did you meet?
He came to Saturday Night Live the night I was doing it, and when I watched my performance back, I could see it in my face—the moment my heart fell out my arse when I saw Rick's infamous bobbing appear behind the camera. But he's so calming and at ease with himself that I felt like I'd known him forever. When I worked with him, it was organic. Within two minutes, I was crying on the floor.
Is there a love song from the past year that you wish you'd written?
"Right Thru Me" by Nicki Minaj. I really love the lyrics in that one. [Rapping] "You let me hide! Defend my honor! Protect my pride!"
Sounds like you've got a rap career in your future.
Oh my God, I am the next Lil' Kim! I've got the dirtiest rap since "I used to be scared of the dick." I think America would disown me if they heard my lyrics. Sometimes I feel like disowning myself when I hear them.