Controversial magazine covers
Klum's media backlash
Heidi Klum recently made news by sharing images on Facebook from her show, Germany's Next Top Model, wherein the models took part in a Native American-themed photo shoot. Public outcry and media backlack followed, claiming the photos promote stereotypes and are culturally insensitive.
Set me free
Vogue Hommes International’s cover shot in the fall/winter 2012 issue shows Marlon Teixeira reaching around Stephanie Seymour from behind, one hand cupping her left breast and the other at her throat. Passion? Maybe. But the shot looked too much like violence against women to the advocacy groups that petitioned publisher Condé Nast to remove it from newsstands.
The spring/summer AnOther cover showing Michelle Williams as a feather-wearing Indian with long black braids was one of a series picturing the actress as eight characters. Some Native Americans objected to the photo, particularly Jezebel writer Ruth Hopkins, who demanded that the publisher apologize and pull the magazines.
Beauty and the beast
Vogue was proud to announce that NBA star LeBron James was the first black man ever to appear on the magazine's cover in April 2008, so the publisher wasn't prepared for the backlash from critics who thought James' pose with model Gisele Bundchen was "racially insensitive," evoked images of the original "King Kong" movie and made James look like "a dangerous black man."
Kate Moss caused quite a stir when she dressed up like the Virgin Mary, the "Good" and the "Bad," for the split cover of W magazine's March 2012 issue. If the covers weren't enough, a series of photos inside showed Moss/Mary in provocative poses, including one in which she is wearing a white dress and holding a black filigree cross between her widespread legs.
Model Naomi Campbell appearing bound and gagged on the cover of V Spain in the fall 2011 issue was supposed to be a tribute to Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, whose love of black humor is legendary. But looking at the trussed Campbell's pleading eyes didn't leave many people laughing.
When models Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue in November 2009, 19-year-old Dunn was pregnant and many parents accused the magazine of glamorizing teen pregnancy. Magazine officials said they were unaware of Dunn's condition when the photos were taken, even though the young model talked about her pregnancy in the article.
In an unexpected twist, it was the model on the cover of Elle Brazil in May 2012, and not the readers, who raised a stink about the photo. Coco Rocha objected after the magazine used Photoshop to make her look nearly nude by erasing the body suit she was wearing. Rocha said she had a longstanding policy of "no nudity or partial nudity" and thought her boundaries should be respected.
Elle drew fire for its cover shot of actress Gabourey Sidibe on the 25th anniversary issue because critics claimed the editors used production tricks to lighten her dark skin and failed to give her image the usual margins, which accentuated her weight.