If, for some reason, I wanted to buy Elle, and Jessica Simpson were on the cover, I wouldn't buy it. Because I will not carry her face around, I will not be seen with her on the subway, and I don't want people to think I actually spent money on a publication that deems her worthy of cover status - not to mention I'd have no interest in reading the five pages devoted to her. It's like the visual version of Cosmo, and it's embarrassing. Natalie thinks there should be different categories of women's magazines, one for fashion and one for botox, diets etc. Which would be perfect because while I do want to see the Kate Lanphear-styled editorials, I don't want to read about what happened when "I Left My Wife For a Younger Woman" or how I can have better sex if I improve my energy. Do you refrain from buying a magazine if the cover girl makes you cringe? Or do you buy it anyway and slip the New Yorker over it until you're safe inside your apartment? Or, I can't believe I'm asking this, do you actually love Jessica Simpson?
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A Grocery Store Censored Jessica Simpson's Pregnant, Naked Elle Cover
We can now add Jessica Simpson to the list of censored magazine cover stars. Apparently someone feels that her naked, pregnant Elle Cover isn't suitable for all audiences. Someone sent Jezebel this photo of the glossy on a newsstand in an Arizona grocery store behind a piece of cardboard that covers everything but Simpson's face with "PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE CARDBOARD" scrawled on it. Is that really necessary?
The September Issues Revealed: Who Will Cover What
The September issues are kind of like the Olympics in magazine publishing: Each glossy competes to be the biggest and the best. Booking the right cover star is, obviously, a big part of the battle. Likewise, for celebrities, nabbing the cover of a September issue is a coup of sorts. So who got the honors this year?
Which Celebrity Holds the Most International Cover Appeal?
As WWD's recent report of the best-and-worst selling issues of 2011 proved, celebrity covers sell magazines plain and simple. But while the report is a good indication of which celebrities we can expect to see more of on covers (Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston), and which ones we probably won't (Justin Bieber, Reese Witherspoon), it doesn't necessarily paint the whole picture. Because while the glossies are printed in the United States, many have dozens of worldwide editions which frequently use reprints (both covers and content) from their North American counterpart. So are the best-selling US celebrities consistent with those who showed up most around the world? The Kardashian appeal tends to dwindle when you take the overwhelming North American market out of the picture, so logic would indicate that cover giants Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker would pull out in front, right? Well, that's not always the case. We take a look at six big titles which have editions all around the world including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, and Marie Claire, and who showed up the most where. The results might surprise you.
We Rank the September Covers
It's a truth universally acknowledged that September fashion magazine covers are the most important of the year. With fall just around the bend, September issues are packed to the brim with the newest trends. (They're also packed with advertisements, essential to a magazine's survival.) And if there's one thing you can say about this year's September covers, it's that the good covers are great and the bad ones are truly horrible. Notably absent from the bunch are Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia, whose cover images have not surfaced yet, but are sure not to disappoint. Click through to see the best and worst of September's covers!