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The best magazine covers of the year


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2017 has been an eventful year for the print media industry. We said goodbye to Alexandra Shulman, who has been the editor of British Vogue for over 25 years and welcomed Edward Enninful. We also saw Glamour Magazine, one of the Uk's best selling women's magazine, reduce it's publication to just twice a year. 

Despite all of this, it's been one of the best years for the creative and of course controversial magazine covers. Here are our picks of the best magazine covers of 2017:

1. British Vogue, December 2017


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Of course, number one on our list is the stunning December cover of British Vogue. New editor Edward Enninful used his first issue as a showcase of 'the best of British' and used this stunning picture of model Adwoa Aboah, shot by Steven Meisel.

Whilst it's reminiscent of the classic Vogue covers from the 70's and 80's, it also marks a new era for the fashion bible, dubbed 'New Vogue', we're excited to see what Enninful's next cover will be. We're not sure how he'll top this though! 

2. Interview, September 2017


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Next is a controversial choice, but magazines are all about stirring up emotion. Interview magazine, which was originally started by Andy Warhol back in the late 60's is no stranger to controversy.

Their September issue raised eyebrows because their cover featured Kim Kardashian-West dressed as Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis with the headline "America's New First Lady". The shoot inside, shot by Steven Klein also featured her daughter North West dressed up as the first daughter. People were outraged but they can't say it wasn't memorable. 

3. Rolling Stone, 4th May 2017


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2017 marked the beginning of Harry Style's solo world domination, and what better magazine to start that with than Rolling Stone?

The laid-back cover was a huge leap from Style's manufactured bubblegum pop boyband days, the headline itself says "the boyband superstar comes of age". It was the start of the Harry Styles era, and the pictures shot by Theo Wenner are some of the best we've ever seen of Harry.

4. L'Officiel Hommes, November 2017


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The star of Netflix smash hit Stranger Things, Noah Schnapp is just 13 years old. Schnapp, who plays Will Byers in the show, stepped out of the shadow of his cast mates and took centre stage on the front cover of November's L'Officiel Homme magazine.

Looking effortlessly cool, shot by Eric Ray Davidson and wearing head to toe Gucci, Schnapp proves that the Stranger Things kids are a force to be reckoned with. 

5. Vanity Fair, August 2017


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Tennis champion Serena William's pregnancy was never going to be a quiet one, and this cover of Vanity Fair is proof of that.

Channelling that Demi Moore by Annie Leibowtiz cover from 1991, Serena posed completely nude clutching her baby bump. Also shot by Leibowitz, the August 2017 issue spoke for itself and had no cover lines other than 'Serena'. 

6. Playboy, November/December 2017


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Like him or loathe him, the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner shook the magazine world.

To commemorate the life of the 'original playboy' the magazine dedicated their end of year issue to Hef, with this picture of him from 1965, shot by Larry David. Also no stranger to controversy, Playboy used the Hef tribute issue to introduce their new transgender playmate. 

7. Vogue Brasil, September 2017


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2017 really has been the year of Bella Hadid.

The September issue of Vogue Brasil saw Hadid channelling the late 80's/early 90's supermodels in this retro-inspired shoot by Gui Paganini. The cover led to many comparisons between Hadid and supermodel Carla Bruni. 

8. Glamour UK, November 2017 


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The final spot on our list has to go to Glamour, whose November 'Women's Issue' really was brilliant. The entire issue was made up of content by women, including the cover photo of the beautiful Zendaya, shot by Emma Summerton.

2017 was a sad year for Glamour as editor-in-chief, Jo Elvin announced she was stepping down after being with the magazine since it's launch. They also announced their move to bi-yearly publication, but their legacy of great magazine covers will stay with them always. 

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