Magazine covers are intended to attract readers. Some covers are literally too shocking for various reasons such as when pricking ethnic or group sensibilities. While there were so countless published materials of this nature, we have selected 11 of the most controversial magazine covers of all time. Find out why they have become such.
Kim Kardashian for Paper Magazine with ‘Break the Internet’ in Nov 2014
Here, she was only basked in oil, revealing her most important asses err… assets, her butt.
Her nearly nude cover caused tongues wagging in different social media outlets, pointing out that her sultry cover was a poor attempt to gain further fame and relevance.
Kanye West as Jesus Christ on Rolling Stone in Feb 2006
If Kim is on this list, so is her equally controversial husband.
After releasing the single “Jesus Walks” in 2004 and before stealing the limelight from Taylor Swift in 2009, Kanye appeared on Rolling Stone magazine looking like Jesus Christ in 2006.
Janet Jackson for Rolling Stone, Sept 1993
Before ‘Nipplegate (see next slide),’ there was this cover in which she appeared topless, only to be covered by a pair of hands while her arms and hand rested on her head.
The lucky hand belongs to her ex-husband Rene Elizondo Jr.
Nipplegate coined the phrase “Wardrobe Malfunction”
Is God Dead? Time magazine, 1966
These three words provoked an uproar in religious communities around the world.
Newsweek and Christianity Today Answers
Newsweek also featured a similarly themed cover on April 2009 with “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” while Christianity Today attempts to answer the age old question during it’s July 2008 with “God is Not Dead Yet.”
Who can forget her pregnancy moment? Everyone who saw that Vanity Fair cover where she stood gloriously naked and proud of her big tummy will definitely remember.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Their Rolling Stone magazine cover may possibly be an explicit way of describing The Ballad of John and Yoko.
Time Out London, The Sex Issue
The controversial cover appeared on Feb 8, 2013.
At first glance, it wasn’t considered risky but wait until you stare at it. You will definitely find something intimate and feminine. The image above was a wrapped inside cover.
Adolf Hitler as Man of the Year on Time Magazine, 1938
He appeared on Time magazine’s cover in 1938. Over the years, the magazine is still defending their choice why Hitler was selected for the famed annual recognition.
Are You Mom Enough?
Readers were in their prudish best when they found a 26-year old mom breastfeeding her son in a Time Magazine cover. The cover was deemed offensive to most feminists.
1965 Life Magazine Anti–Vietnam Cover
The cover showed a Vietcong with his eyes and mouth taped. Readers found the cover shocking yet a harsh means to introduced them to the realities of the Vietnam War at that time.
All she did was blow a condom on the cover of Dazed and Confused. Several countries found it inappropriate and banned this magazine issue at that time.
The Jenner patriarch did not break the Internet when she finally revealed her transformation from Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner.
The magazine cover was controversial as it made transgender more mainstream and people really talked about it that time.
Did we miss any? Comment below for additional items we can include amongst the most controversial magazine covers of all time!