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As editors get set to ship their hopefully thicker-than-last-year September issues, their cover choices are surfacing and hold a few surprises. Harper’s Bazaar is playing it relatively safe with Jennifer Aniston, while Elle is banking on Julia Roberts and the “Eat, Pray, Love” juggernaut. Meanwhile, first-half ad page leader InStyle is going with Hilary Swank, who, despite being pretty and talented, seems to be something of a cover dud (her November Marie Claire cover was the title’s worst-selling issue of the year). Lady Gaga, who is set to cover Vanity Fair’s September Style Issue, shot by Nick Knight, will probably raise a few eyebrows among its older readers. T: The New York Times Style Magazine landed “Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, who’s making her Stateside solo cover debut on the Aug. 22 women’s fashion issue. And while at one point W was believed to be circling embattled starlet Lindsay Lohan for its September issue — Stefano Tonchi’s first front-to-back effort — the magazine apparently ditched that idea in favor of a group cover. Word is Tonchi is featuring a mix of relative unknowns and Young Hollywood-ettes including Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz and Jennifer Lawrence (she’s the star of Sundance winner “Winter’s Bone”). Chez Vogue, Halle Berry is said to be Anna Wintour’s pick for September. Wintour is no doubt counting on a juicy interview with Berry about her much-publicized breakup with Gabriel Aubry, the male model with whom she had a daughter in 2008, as the actress has no major film projects due out in August, although she does have a new fragrance. — Nick Axelrod and Amy Wicks
CORRECTION: Justin Bieber will appear on the cover of the October issue of Teen Vogue, and not a September-October double issue, as reported Monday. Teen Vogue’s September issue will feature Victoria Justice, star of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious,” on the cover.