Visiting our favorite newsstands in 2017 was a much less exciting errand than in years past. Between the lack of surprise (with 46 covers between them, Gigi and Bella Hadid's faces were ubiquitous month after month), the dwindling of print frequency and the shuttering of several titles altogether, the place that once provided us an escape into a world of glossy, big-budget editorials seems to be on the road to extinction. This year certainly marked the end of an era and saw a significant changing of the guard in legacy fashion media, but amid uncertainty, many magazines still brought their A-game on the creativity and diversity front, making for some very memorable covers.
To complement the success of her Fenty Beauty line, her Fenty Puma collaboration and her general red carpet domination, Rihanna graced the cover of every top publication in 2017 — Paper, Dazed, Vogue Paris, Elle — and each shoot managed to bring out a different facet of her personality. Diverse squads of models were also popular cover subjects, and titles like Vogue, i-D and Allure made sure to highlight inclusivity more than ever before. In terms of "break the internet"-level shock value, Interview enlisted Kim Kardashian West to pose as a modern Jacqueline Kennedy (with daughter North by her side), but the biggest cover statements were a bit more subtle, like Gisele Bündchen swathed in faux fur for Vogue Paris's animal rights issue, or hijabi model Halima Aden in Allure's American Beauty issue.
We've chosen our 24 favorite covers from 2017 and compiled them below. This year was a challenging one for the publishing world, but with imagery this strong and new talents on the rise, we're hopeful for better days ahead.