Spoiler alert: Rihanna makes a number of appearances on this record.
Visiting our favourite newsstands in 2017 was a a lot much less thrilling errand than in years previous. Between the dearth of shock (with 46 covers between them, Gigi and Bella Hadid’s faces have been ubiquitous month after month), the dwindling of print frequency and the shuttering of a number of titles altogether, the place that when offered us an escape right into a world of shiny, big-budget editorials appears to be on the street to extinction. This yr definitely marked the top of an period and noticed a big altering of the guard in legacy style media, however amid uncertainty, many magazines nonetheless introduced their A-game on the creativity and variety entrance, making for some very memorable covers.
To complement the success of her Fenty Beauty line, her Fenty Puma collaboration and her basic crimson carpet domination, Rihanna graced the duvet of each prime publication in 2017 — Paper, Dazed, Vogue Paris, Elle — and every shoot managed to deliver out a special aspect of her persona. Diverse squads of fashions have been additionally common cowl topics, and titles like Vogue, i-D and Allure made positive to spotlight inclusivity greater than ever earlier than. In phrases of “break the internet”-level shock worth, Interview enlisted Kim Kardashian West to pose as a contemporary Jacqueline Kennedy (with daughter North by her facet), however the greatest cowl statements have been a bit extra refined, 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.