We all love to read and admire Vogue, but when the best in the business upsets its readers, the Internet and news media outlets are set ablaze.
Check out the most outrageous vogue magazine covers ever published:
#5: Vogue Hommes International Fall 2012 Featuring Stephanie Seymour and Marlon Teixeira By Terry Richardson
In the fall of 2012, Vogue Hommes International became the target of Internet ire. For the stylish menswear magazine’s bi-annual cover, controversial photographer Terry Richardson shot Brazilian model Marlon Teixeira with his hand clasped around the neck of 90s supermodel Stephanie Seymour. The image provoked questions of whether or not the French publication was glamorizing domestic violence.
#4: Vogue Italia August 2010 Featuring Kristen McMenamy By Steven Meisel
Franca Sozzani does not play it safe and her magazine is always well-connected with current affairs. In 2010, however, the magazine fell under scrutiny for a story inspired by the events of the Gulf oil spill. The cover featured model Kristen McMenamyphotographed by Steven Meisel looking lifeless, lying on a bed of rocks and boulders with oil clearly visible on her clothes. The reference became even more apparent inside the magazine with images of the oil-drenched model choking on the chemical substance.
#3: US Vogue April 2008 Featuring LeBron James and Gisele Bündchen By Annie Leibovitz
US Vogue was accused of racism back in 2008 over the magazine’s April cover, which featured LeBron James and Gisele Bündchen. For the annual “Shape Issue,” the front cover saw the basketball star holding the supermodel in a manner viewers thought resembled a vintage King Kong poster. The outrage even urged LeBron to comment himself, informing us that he failed to see anything wrong with the cover shot. The issue flopped on newsstands.
#2: Vogue Italia July 2008 Featuring Naomi Campbell, Sessilee Lopez, Liya Kebede and Jourdan Dunn By Steven Meisel
In July 2008, Vogue Italia released “A Black Issue” in which the magazine selected a handful of black models to appear on its pages, shot by legendary lensman Steven Meisel. The magazine caused widespread discussion regarding the controversial topic of diversity, which was long overdue in the world of fashion magazines. The Italian fashion bible selected Naomi Campbell, Sessilee Lopez, Liya Kebede and Jourdan Dunn to front each of its four covers. The issue became the magazine’s best-selling, most desirable issue to own and even had to be reprinted due to high demand. It definitely got people talking on our forums, with the thread currently registering 1,296 replies and 196,858 views.
#1: US Vogue April 2014 Featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West By Annie Leibovitz
Needless to say, this particular cover was the most talked about in years. Months previous to Kimye’s appearance on the American glossy, our forums were full of speculation that the couple was in talks with Anna Wintour to grace an upcoming cover. The duo eventually showed up on the magazine’s April 2014 edition and the forums became rife with negativity, which prompted discussion regarding Wintour’s position and future at the Condé Nast publication. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Kim and Kanye were styled by Grace Coddington (who was apparently the brains behind the idea) with Kim wearing a bridal-style Lanvin gown for the top-secret shoot in which the team had to arrive in disguise. It’s still unclear whether or not the issue became a top seller (stay tuned!).