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Edited by on April 18 2011 at 3:36 PM

Former model and aspiring actress January Jones has not one but two covers for W‘s special “Design Now” May issue, photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Lori Goldstein. I’ve always been on the fence with Jones and though I still consider her the worst part of Mad Men, her two striking covers and her red carpet style are beginning to win me over. What can I say? — I’m a sucker for an austere haircut and a pair of gams til next Tuesday.

Lynn Hirschberg interviews Jones and discusses the similarities between Mad Men‘s Betty Draper and X-Men: First Class‘s Emma Frost, namely that they’re both ice-cold bitches.

Draper, it turns out, was not even in the original Mad Men pilot, but series creator Matthew Weiner wrote the part for Jones — who had auditioned for the role of scrappy plain Jane gal Friday, Peggy Olson — thus ensuring four seasons of great clothes and questionable acting.

Photos: W

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at fashionindie.com