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Iconic Magazine Covers Which Made History: Caitlyn, Kim & More

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When stars make it to the cover of a magazine, it always gathers more attention. However, history is only created when the magazine cover speaks a lot and becomes a sensation within hours of its release online or on newsstands.

If we take a look down the history, we have seen some of the iconic magazine covers which became controversial but when a standout star is shot by the right and creative photographer, history is made!

The recent magazine cover of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair became one of the legendary covers which made it to the list of the iconic covers. Bruce Jenner revealed his plan of getting a gender transformation and decided to show the world his first look as a woman by gracing the cover of Vanity Fair. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, Caitlyn created a stir with the cover.

Annie Leibovitz is the same ace photographer who also shot John Lennon and Yoko Ono just 12 hours before he was assassinated.

Starting from Lauren Bacall to Kim Kardashian's Paper magazine's naked shoot, we have seen it all go down in the history. Check out...

Caitlyn Jenner

The former Olympian broke the internet with the cover of Vanity Fair post gender transition. Not only Bruce (who is now Caitlyn) showed her new look for the first time, it also opened the topics of gender transition and transgenders.

Lauren Bacall

Back in the 1930, we saw magazine covers with paintings and illustrations of the stars who covered entertainment section of the spread. However, Lauren Bacall was one of the iconic beauties who with her signature 'look' covered the Life magazine in the real photograph in 1944.

Marilyn Monroe

The sex symbol was the first covergirl for gentleman's favourite magazine, Playboy's first issue back in 1953.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson raised many eyebrows when she posed topless for Rolling Stone in September's issue back in 1993. Her bare breasts were cupped by the hands of her then husband René Elizondo, Jr. which did not go well and turned out to be a controversial magazine photo. The photograph is the original version of the cropped image used on the Janet album cover, shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen was surrounded with the speculations of being a lesbian and in 2007, she finally decided to reveal her sexuality on the cover of Time magazine. In her interview to Bruce Handy, the comedienne said, "Yep, I'm gay."

Beth Ditto

In the first issue of the much LOVE in March 2009, Beth Ditto, a plus sized model covered the spread, naked!

John Lennon

Annie Leibovitz shot the iconic yet controversial cover of Rolling Stone with John Lennon and Yoko Ono just 12 hours before he was assassinated on December 8, 1980. This became the last picture of Lennon and Ono together before he died.

Demi Moore

In 1991, Demi not just created a controversy but opened doors for other pregnant celebrities to pose naked and flaunt their baby bump on magazine covers.


The singer is bold and never shied away from showing her assets. But she made a history in 2014 by posing completely naked wearing only accessories for Lui magazine. This all happened before Kim went full frontal for Paper.

Kim Kardashian

Kim decided to break the internet in 2014 by posing naked! Already she did it a couple of times before, Kim going full frontal and showing her bare back for magazine to do a replica of legendary photographer and illustrator Jean-Paul Goude's Carolina Beaumont, New York, 1976 , became iconic.

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