The 12 Most Controversial Magazine Covers Of All Time

The 12 Most Controversial Magazine Covers Of All Time

Print magazines may not be around much longer, but that doesn’t mean that they still can’t cause a major fuss. These scandalous magazine covers provoked outrage, sparked debate, and even landed one innocent vendor in jail. From Vanity Fair to Rolling Stone, here are 12 of the most controversial magazine covers of all time.

Hundreds of magazines line the shelves of stores everywhere. What’s one way to compete in a flooded market? Cause controversy. Don’t think Rolling Stone knew that putting a seventeen year old, scantily-clothed, Britney Spears on the cover in 1999 would cause an uproar? Of course, they did, those editors have been in the game long enough to know that nothing sells more than sex and controversy.

But not every one of these magazine covers that caused controversy was simply about the bottom line. Some took major risks in order to ignite debate. By the time Ellen Degeneres hit the cover of TIME in 1997, we were already long overdue for a talk about trying to make it easier for gay people to come out of the closet.

Check out all these magazine covers that sparked conversation or just simply tried to break internet. Then make your voice heard. Vote up the cover that you think made the biggest impact.

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