The 20 Worst Fashion Magazine Covers Of All Time


Actress Kerry Washington stirred the controversy pot after Eva Chen placed the Scandal star on the cover of Lucky Magazine. As the quest to change the perceptions of African and African American women on covers continues, the Lucky rag, when it hit stores and online, caused confusion amongst fans. The beautiful and classy star appeared to have been digitally nipped, tucked and transformed into a rough-and-rugged version of herself that was almost unrecognizable.

With magazines having a terrible habit of modifying talent to fit their publication’s requirements of sexy, the outpour of disdain towards Kerry’s Lucky cover appearance has made these featured magazines noticeable for all the wrong reasons. We observe the unspoken, but routinely utilized practice of making these talented females look less than normal (look for PhotoShop mistakes) in our 15 Worst Women’s Magazine Covers of All Time list.

We start off with a look at a former Disney star who has since gone on to being a shocking superstar:


Miley Cyrus, Seventeen Magazine


Kristen Stewart, Glamour Magazine


Beyonce Knowles, Flaunt Magazine

Seventeen Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seventeen Magazine

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine


Madonna, Dazed Magazine



Miley Cyrus, Vanity Fair Magazine


Kristen Stewart, Sunday Telegraph Magazine


Julia Roberts, Redbook Magazine


Rachel Bilson, Shop Till You Drop Magazine


Blake Lively, Seventeen Magazine


Nicole Kidman, Vogue Magazine


Janet Jackson, W Magazine


Gisele Bundchen, Vogue Magazine


Jessica Alba, Cosmopolitan Magazine


Gabourey Sidibe, ELLE Magazine


Lady Gaga, Rolling Stone Magazine






Azealia Banks, Dazed & Confused Magazine


Adele, Vogue Magazine


Demi Moore, W Magazine

Who else do you think had the worst women’s magazine cover ever? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! And for more terrible covers, check out our sister site, Madame Noire, for their roundup.

  • Ms. Kameria

    For some of these covers I can tell why they weren’t the best choices in pictures, but for the others, it would’ve been nice to have an explanation or opinion of why these were the “worst” magazine covers.

    • bonjersay

      I was thinking the same thing! Mostly, I think is because they nipped in their waists and made normal people look waif-like. The one that didn’t had 651+ next to her face that made you think that was her weight. smh

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