January/February is once again a double-issue in 2013
Behind (arguably) one of the worst covers in Playboy’s history, we find two lovely playmates, once of which is Karina Marie (January 2013). She is in a centerfold where little is wrong, and some things are outstanding.
The second outstanding thing here is the concerto in brown, tan and white that makes up the color palette. Every bit looks like it has been carefully selected, including Karina’s tan (which may owe more to a filter than the sun). The white ground, the lining of Karina’s jacket and the backlight on her hair all work to create a triangle, with Karina’s lovely face at the apex.
The first outstanding thing is Karina. If she isn’t a natural blonde she should be. Usually I’m not a big fan of messing with original equipment, but in this case it would be justified. Karina is also able to pull off a full frontal nude. Not every woman, not every attractive woman can look this good in this pose. This is working without a net.
But somehow all this outstanding-ness never seems to gel into an outstanding whole. Maybe it needed a bit more time to work the concept, maybe a slightly different attitude.
Photographer: Sasha Eisenman
Overall: 2.2 out of 4.0