Behind-the-Scenes of Oprah's Glamorous December 2015 Cover
Oprah gets festive with her gang of guys, plus Elvis.
"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.
Hairstylist Nicole Mangrum creates Oprah's bouncy waves.
Editor in chief Lucy Kaylin looks through a rack of cover contenders.
Oprah opts for down-to-earth FitFlops
for her walk to the set.
The accessories included an Apple Watch with Product (Red) Sport Band (which helps fund AIDS programs in Africa) and a rose gold Apple Watch Sport
. Both debuted the day of this shoot.
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Veteran costume designer Martin Izquierdo (who used to create the angel wings for Victoria's Secret models) whipped up these Nutcracker-inspired costumes over a weekend. "There's no one better in the business," says Adam.
Fashion editor Jenny Capitain hems the pants of Joseph M. Columbus (by day an Ailey School dance student)
The soldiers' plumed top hats and shiny shoes await their marching orders.
Dancer Daniel L. Salas begins his toy transformation
"Ha! The chorus line of soldiers makes me feel like doing one, singular sensation..." —Oprah
Salas and his Ailey School cohorts topple into Adam.