At this point, I think Elle has got to be in on the joke, and is making it her mission to be as Children Of The Corn as she possibly can. I mean, look at those evil little eyes. She is clearly hungry for souls. But not just any souls. YOUR SOUL. It’s about a hundred times spookier than the mag’s other August cover, which ruins a pretty cool punk-torian vibe by making Nyasha Matonhodze wear a dead bird on her head as a hat (which, as you all helped me realize, is one of the silliest trends in recent memory):

She’s crying because she knows how dumb this looks. And maybe because she’s afraid of getting mites. In the grand battle to determine which is more frightening, dead eyed child wins over dead eyed bird hat every time, amirite?