Uh, aren’t they supposed to be promoting clothing? I think sometimes fashion magazines get too caught up in trying something different and they forget that they are all about the clothes–and whatever film/album/perfume a celebrity is shamelessly promoting. Pink recently stripped for Who Magazine, Cristiano Ronaldo kept his modesty by posing behind a clothed Irina Shayk for Vogue Spain, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked like a semi-naked housewife on Harper’s Bazaar. And who could forget Rihanna‘s topless Lui cover that triggered a week of her showing off her areolae.
Here are 15 other covers where the fashion magazine chose to advertise flesh instead of clothing:
1. Scarlett Johansson V Magazine Winter 2012/2013
It took me a second to figure out this cover. At first glance, I didn’t even realize that this was Scarlett Johansson. Then I had to figure out whether or not she was holding icicles. It turns out it is actually just a shower curtain. Duh. I was too confused by all this to notice the missing clothes.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley German Vogue November 2011
Well it turns out that a gazillion dollar diamond necklace is more distracting than a naked Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I never would have thought that. Kudos to German Vogue for at least promoting something we can buy–after we win the lottery.
3. Natalia Vodianova British Vogue June 2009
Having supermodel Natalia Vodianova pose naked on the cover of British Vogue certainly celebrates shape, but how does it celebrate style? Maybe they meant “hairstyle?”
4. Naomi Campbell Love Magazine Issue 3
Love Magazine knew that putting a nude Naomi Campbell on their cover would result in it being censored, so they did the job for us. Way to think ahead.
5. Lake Bell New York Magazine Fall 2013 Fashion Issue
6. Lady Gaga Harper’s Bazaar March 2014
Lady Gaga is wearing boning on this Harper’s Bazaar subscriber’s cover, but a structural trim does not count as clothing–especially when it isn’t doing a very good job of covering that right nipple.
7. Kate Moss Vogue Brasil May 2011
8. Kim Kardashian W Magazine November 2010
Magazines sometimes debate whether an outfit is scandalous enough to get black-barred, but it’s rare they substitute bars for clothing like W Magazine did for this Kim Kardashian cover. It makes sense since everything is all about Kim’s boobs.
9. Gisele Bundchen Vanity Fair May 2010
Vanity Fair made Gisele Bundchen put what appears to be a dress around her waist so they could have some clothing to put on the credits page. Oh wait, she’s got a ring and bracelet too.
10. Christina Aguilera Marie Claire January 2008
I’m still counting this as a naked cover despite the fact Christina Aguilera is wearing a leather jacket. The skin-to-clothing ratio is definitely on the naked side of the scale.
11. Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn i-D Magazine April 2011
i-D was smart enough to know that if they put two naked models on the cover, people might think that this is a nudie magazine, so they put a reassuring disclaimer that there are clothes on the other pages. Phew.
12. Miley Cyrus German Vogue March 2014
13. Adam Levine and Anne V Russian Vogue November 2011
Adam Levine has made some poor style choices. Just take a look at that Draco Malfoy-inspired bleached hair for proof. Posing naked for Russian Vogue, with his now ex-girlfriend, Anne V, wasn’t one of his best decisions either.
14. Cara Delevingne Love Magazine Issue 9
It looks like Cara Delevingne wasn’t ready for her Love Magazine cover shoot, so they just photographed her while she had her bath–in full makeup.
15. Keira Knightley Allure December 2012
Like Christina Augilera (#10), Keira Knightley is wearing some clothing on this Allure cover, but the fact they had to Photoshop out her nipple to make it appropriate for new-stands, means that she is essentially naked.