The Debate With Controversial Magazine Covers Is Alive and Well

Risks are not necessarily being rewarded

In the past four months, there’s been a barrage of magazine cover controversies. Kate Winslet, Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington were seen as being overly airbrushed by Vogue, Glamour and Lucky, respectively. Elle was accused of downplaying Melissa McCarthy and Mindy Kaling’s non-sample-size physiques, and Vogue became a subject of national discussion after its unretouched photos of Lena Dunham were released by Jezebel.

@adweekemma Emma Bazilian is Adweek's features editor.