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"I am the queen of O, and this is my court!" Oprah, in a very playful mood, joked to the toy soldiers gathered for the cover shoot. "But I have to keep my leg out, hold something, turn here, turn there... What else do I have to go?" As Elvis played in the background, she snapped her fingers to the beat. "Return, December!" she sang. Gayle interjected: "It's 'Return to Sender.'." Oprah shot back, "I know!" Said Gayle with a laugh, "If you're doing it on purpose, I guess it's fine."

O creative director Adam Glassman asked designer Mark Bouwer to add faux-feather cuffs to Oprah's liquid sequin dress.