‘Fixer Upper’ Joanna Gaines reveals chaos behind picturesque magazine cover shoot


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HGTV star Joanna Gaines revealed behind-the-scenes details of her “crazy” and snowy magazine cover photo shoot.

The “Fixer Upper” star appeared on the winter edition of “The Magnolia Magazine,” a magazine made by and her husband Chip. The HGTV designer was snapped wearing a long dress standing in a snowy forest in Lake Tahoe. Gaines turned out the shoot was chaotic due to the cold temperatures, lack of time and a robe that made it difficult for her to fit into places.

Joanna Gaines on What Really Happened on Her Snow-covered Magnolia Cover Shoot: ‘I Was Slowly Sinking’

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“Seeing it now, on the cover, I think I look graceful. I see like, ‘Oh, it’s just another day in the woods with snow.” But I was actually slowly sinking, and could not feel my toes,” Gaines told WSMV Nashville. “It was pretty crazy.”


“We didn’t know where exactly we were gonna go. We thought, ‘Okay, it’s snowing here,'” the HGTV star recalled. “We parked on the side of the road and we started running because we knew that somebody was going to pull our car. But you can’t really walk in the snow, that is four feet high. So the whole thing was an adventure.”

Gaines said her long dress doesn’t help the situation.

“The dress was so large that it does not even fit in the car,” Gaines said. “I remember having to go to the bathroom and he was like trailing out of the barn. Everything about it was cumbersome.”

Gaines said that the crew was able to save the recording after the find of a sled, she could stand on to prevent sinking in the snow. But they were afraid that they were not able to obtain the perfect photo, the designer said.


“It felt as if every wrong thing there was the one after the other,” Gaines said.

But all the effort paid off.

Gaines said that she was grateful that the company does not leave her with frostbitten toes.

“The next time we will bring a camera with us, because we need to document that kind of stuff,” she said.

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