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Return of the Supermodel? US Magazines Are Embracing the Model as Cover Star Again


Fashion lovers have been lamenting the lack of models on magazine covers for awhile now. While foreign editions of glossies often feature models, US magazines have been favoring celebrities for the last decade or so. However, these past twelve months we could not help but notice a trend of models landing covers previously reserved exclusively for actresses and singers. While the heyday of the supermodel may never return to its full glory, these girls are leading the pack in mainstream fashion coverage. Check out our roundup of the model cover takeover featuring Lara Stone, Kate Upton, Daria Werbowy and more top faces.

LARA STONE ON BAZAAR – Dutch model Lara Stone landed on the April cover of Harper’s Bazaar US. The magazine called her “Fashion’s Obsession” for one of the headlines. In the issue, Lara opened up about her 2009 rehab stay for alcohol.


KATE, LARA & NATALIA ON W – The March 2013 issue of W Magazine tapped Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova and Lara Stone for a trio of dark and moody covers. Mert Marcus and Alas Piggott photographed the top models.

JOAN ON ELLE – Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls graced the January cover of Elle US, shining in a Givenchy spring look. The Estee Lauder face showed off a fierce ombre hairstyle.


MIRANDA ON COSMOPOLITAN – Australian model graced the November 2013 cover from Cosmopolitan Australia, looking white hot in a crop top look from Calvin Klein Collection. The face of H&M smolder in the sexy look.

KATE ON VOGUE – Kate Upton cemented her supermodel status on the July 2013 cover of Vogue US (the first model cover for the magazine since 2011), where she posed for Mario Testino. The Sports Illustrated model sported classic Americana looks for the magazine.

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  1. IS THIS IT? models review

    March 31, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Not a super fan of “supermodels” indeed…

  2. Medusa242

    March 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    While I’m not a Kate Upton fan, let’s hope that this trend of having models on magazine covers continues. It’s been a long time coming.

  3. MargoRex

    April 10, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I kind of like having celebrities on the covers because then you know who the main article of the magazine is about without having to read it.

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