10 fashion magazine covers that changed everything
Naked, controversial and very raw: see some game-changing covers that made us smile, frown and scratch our heads.
In August 1974, Beverly Johnson became the first-ever woman to cover fashion bible, Vogue US. Image: Vogue US
Elle Australia made history when they opted to show a breastfeeding mother on their June 2015 subscriber's cover. Model Nicole Trunfio had her son Zion were captured together in what became an extremely controversial cover. We love it and think it broke down many taboos. Image: Elle Aus
Big waves were made when androgynous model, Andrej Pejic appeared on the cover of Dossier, Issue 7 back in 2011. Bookstores and newsstands across the States apparently asked the magazine to cover the issue with opaque poly bags. The cover made people uncomfortable, but it finally gave a voice to gender benders everywhere. Image: Dossier Magazine
Kim K was featured on the cover of W Magazine's November 2010 - the annual Art issue. It was both strange and beautiful at the same time, as I thought it much more interesting than her infamous Paper Mag cover. From the tongue-in-cheek tagline to the plastic-looking quality of her skin, the cover spoke volumes about what we choose to appreciate as art.
Image: W Magazine
Image: W Magazine
Lui magazine is an erotic mag from France. So, naturally being naked on the cover is no biggie. Yet, seeing a massive star like Rihanna topless on the cover and completely naked inside the mag made people sit up and take notice. And it also got her banned from Instagram. Image: Lui magazine
Caitlyn Jenner used Vanity Fair as a platform to show the world who she truly was. Shot by the magnificent fashion photographer, Annie Leibovitz, this cover opened many doors for trans persons everywhere.
French child model, Thylane Blondeau controversially covered Jalouse magazine at the age of only 12. This came after her much-publicised Vogue fashion editorial at age 9. This cover challenged the industry to rethink the way they feature children; and to be cautious of putting them in adult situations. Image: Jalouse
The Vogue US April 2008 issue made history when NBA star, Lebron James became the first black man on its cover. Image: Vogue US
Best. Cover. Ever. We loved this SO much. The Vogue Italy June 2011 cover featured curvy models like Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, Robyn Lawley and Marquita Pring. Image: Vogue Italia
In 2013 actress Melissa McCarthy was covered by Elle US. At first, the mag was attacked for fat-shaming McCarthy, cladding her in a big, oversized coat instead of a body con dress, like they would with most of their cover stars. But, most importantly, the cover put curvy women front and center, changing standards of beauty forever. Image: Elle US