18 Groundbreaking Magazine Covers

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When Caitlyn Jenner came out as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair, she nearly did stop the presses.

But the transgender star was merely the latest celebrity to make major headlines for posing on the cover of a magazine.

Over the years, many actors/actresses/athletes have blazed a noteworthy trail on the front of a national publication, either for taking their clothes off while pregnant or taking their clothes off while NOT pregnant.

Yes, many of these covers feature nudity.

Consider yourself warned and check out some of the most iconic celebrity magazine covers of all-time:

2. Ellen DeGeneres is Gay

Ellen DeGeneres is Gay
Yup, Ellen DeGeneres is gay. This is part of her persona now, but it was groundbreaking news when she came out in 1997.

3. Demi Moore Goes Nude

Demi Moore Goes Nude
It's commonplace now. But this Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover kickstarted the trend of stars posing naked while pregnant.

4. Jennifer Aniston on GQ

Jennifer Aniston on GQ
Viewers saw Jennifer Aniston very differently after this cover came out in 2009. She went from being Friendly to being drop dead sexy.

5. Honoring Princess Diana

Honoring Princess Diana
We all wish this magazine cover never had to be. But People best portrayed Princess Diana in 1997, as a world mourned her passing.

6. No Nipplegate Here!

No Nipplegate Here!
Just try to find a male college student in the early 1990s who did not have this magazine cover as a poster in his dorm room.

7. Bill Blows It

Bill Blows It
Many magazines have featured Bill Clinton. But only this 2000 edition of Esquire had him pose in a position that made it look like the former POTUS was awaiting oral sex. Come on... both sides clearly knew what was going on here.

8. OJ Did It

OJ Did It
Yes, OJ Simpson did it. He went ahead and got featured on this cover of Newsweek.

9. Breaking the Internet

Breaking the Internet
No, Kim Kardashian did not actually break the Internet with this cover pose. But we did talk about her a lot!

10. A Different Kind of Moon

A Different Kind of Moon
Many years before Kim Kardashian mooned us on paper, Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon... and also on this 1969 cover of Life.

11. Red Hot for Rolling Stone

Red Hot for Rolling Stone
It's not just women who go naked. This 1992 cover shot of the Red Hot Chili Peppers helped propel their career. The band mates still sometimes play in concert with a sock around their penises.

12. Coming Clean

Coming Clean
This 1993 EW cover was in response to critics boycotting the country music group over some controversial statements made by Natalie Maines about President Bush and the impending Iraq War.

13. Yeezus Walks... Errr, Poses

Yeezus Walks... Errr, Poses
Nothing to see here! Just a 2006 issue of Rolling Stone that makes Kanye West out to be Jesus Christ.

14. RIP, Kurt Cobain

RIP, Kurt Cobain
After Kurt Cobain killed himself, Rolling Stone paid homage via this simple, memorable cover.

15. Yes He Can?

Yes He Can?
Barack Obama was honored as Time Person of the Year in 2008. Pretty sweet cover, no?

16. Are You Mom Enough?

Are You Mom Enough?
This cover got the nation talking about attachment parenting. It remains a topic of conversation today.

17. The Day That Shook America

The Day That Shook America
A magazine cover no one wishes ever had to be created, but one that perfectly summed up America at a time of severe crisis.

18. Idris Elba Maxim Cover

Idris Elba Maxim Cover
Idris Elba covers this issue of Maxim. It's the first time EVER a man has had that honor.

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