The 10 Most Controversial Mag Covers (Recently) Published

These images shocked, awed, made you buy and/or made you talk

6. Grandma Done Got Knocked Up

A woman in her 60s replicates the cover image made iconic by a pregnant Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, which was subsequently imitated every few years (most recently by Jessica Simpson). While there's nothing inherently wrong with a pregnant woman on the cover of a magazine, this Photoshopped image—illustrating a story about new parents over the age of 50—stopped consumers dead in their tracks. Why? Like with the Time magazine breastfeeding cover controversy, people are shocked by behavior outside of their norms, be it women who breastfeed their 4-year-olds or who decide to have children late in life, among other things. In this case, the cover may have sparked the controversy, but it was the topic that kept the conversation going. (This cover was named the American Society of Magazine Editors' 2012 Cover of the Year.)

Continue to next page →