This Year in Vogue: An Analysis of the Covers from 2012

Last year we crunched the numbers to find out about the average Vogue cover. How old was the average cover subject? Where did they come from? What were they wearing? Who photographed them? All very important questions, indeed. So much so, that we thought they needed to be asked again.
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Last year we crunched the numbers to find out about the average Vogue cover. How old was the average cover subject? Where did they come from? What were they wearing? Who photographed them? All very important questions, indeed. So much so, that we thought they needed to be asked again.

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The new year approaches, and Vogue (and its 19 international editions) has given us a lot to look at, and a lot to think about. So let's start with the covers, shall we?

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Of course, the most covers does not (almost never, actually) guarantee a spot as the top model for the magazine, but could Arizona break the mold and make it a second year in a row as the top Vogue model? Don't you worry, we'll address that later. But back to the subject at hand...

In 2011 we found out that Gisele Bundchen was the top cover girl, Gucci adorned the most covers, and Mario Testino was top photographer. Has much changed in the past 12 months? Click through to see.

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How's this for a patriotic boost? 52 covers went to subjects from the USA. The next most popular was the Netherlands with only 24. Talk about overachieving. The Netherlands's big boost was helped largely by the country's introduction into Vogue's roster this past April. Expect Vogue Thailand and Ukraine in 2013!

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The name Mario Testino may as well be synonymous with "freight train." There is no stopping him. For a second year in a row, Testino leads the photographer pack after shooting 13 covers for Vogue Brazil, Paris, Russia, Spain, UK, and US. It's to be expected from a photographer who shoots both fashion and Hollywood royalty. He did have two more covers to his name last year, but a win is a win.

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For all those out there worried about celebrities snatching covers away from models, you'll be very happy to know that Vogue international is still a modelizer at heart. In fact, 73% of the covers this year went to the long-legged beauties.

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Despite recent legal woes, Dolce & Gabbana will be pleased to know that their spring, fall, and Alta Moda collections launched them to the top of the pile of luxury brands for cover time. The likes of Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton followed, but only distantly.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Would you believe that the average age of a Vogue cover subject is exactly the same as it was last year? It's true, down to one one-hundredth of a decimal, averaging out to 27 (26.87, if you want to be picky). The same can be said for the median (the age smack dab in the middle) of 26, but not the mode (most common age). That dropped down 3 years to 24. Meanwhile, the range of ages widened considerably. Thairine Garcia was the youngest cover model at 14, while Lauren Hutton, 68, was the oldest.

Stay tuned for Vogue's top editorial model, coming soon!