Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Paint By Covers

I found this interesting article on about everyones favorite magazine issue: September. I really enjoyed reading the satistics so I figured I would share with you what I read. Hopefully i'm not the only person who thinks that these types of things are cool (but thats the magazine dork in me). So tell me, whats your favorite september magazine cover?

First, titles and cover stars, from left to right:
Row 1: AllureKim KardashianHarper's Bazaar US (subscriber cover), Jennifer AnistonHarper's Bazaar Australia, Elle MacPhersonHarper's Bazaar US (newsstand cover), Jennifer Aniston; Harper's Bazaar Japan, Cameron Diaz and Tom CruiseHarper's Bazaar UK (subscriber cover), Gisele Bündchen; Cosmopolitan US, Jessica AlbaDazed & ConfusedDakota FanningElle US, Julia Roberts.
Row 2: Elle UK, Emily BluntEssenceNaomi CampbellIman Abdulmajid, and Liya KebedeFlareDoutzen KroesGlamour US, Jennifer LopezGlamour UK, Katy Perryi-D, three covers, Kate MossLady Gaga, and Naomi Campbell; LOVERosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Row 3: LuckyJessica SimpsonMarie Claire US, three covers, Mary-Kate OlsenMoreLaura LinneyTeen VogueVictoria JusticeVanity Fair US & UK, Lady Gaga; Vogue US, Halle BerryVogue Australia, Catherine McNeil.
Row 4: Vogue Japan, Natasha PolyVogue Portugal, Olga SchererVogue UK, Kate Moss; Vogue Germany, Constance Jablonksi; Vogue China, two covers, Feifei SunLiu WenMing XiShu Pei Qin, and Tao OkamotoW, triple gatefold, Yaya DaCostaJennifer LawrenceGreta GerwigKat DenningsJessica ChastainEmma RobertsZoe Kravitz, and Mary-Elizabeth Winstead.

September By The Numbers
  • Number of magazines pictured above: 29
  • Number of people on all the covers of these magazines: 48 (including six people with covers of LOVE, not pictured)
  • Notable magazines not appearing here: Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia, neither of which is out yet
  • Number of magazines that have multiple covers: 8 (counting Harper's Bazaar US & UK's subscriber and newsstand covers; LOVE's eight covers; Glamour UK's eight regional covers, each of which features Katy Perry; i-D's three covers; American Marie Claire's three covers; Vogue China's two covers; and W's triple gatefold cover)
  • Number of covers featuring Gisele Bündchen: 2 (counting one cover of LOVE, not pictured)
  • Number of covers featuring Naomi Campbell: 2
  • Number of covers featuring Kate Moss: 2
  • Number of covers featuring Lady Gaga: 2
  • Number of covers featuring one or more people of color: 6
  • Total number of people of color on all of these magazines: 12
  • 12 out of 48 makes: 25%
  • Number of years since a black woman was last on the September cover of American Vogue21
  • Year in which American Vogue first featured a black cover model: 1974, with Beverly Johnson
  • Ratio of actresses : singers : models: 21 : 3 : 23
  • Number of reality television stars who wanted to be on a magazine cover without first staging a fight with a female family member: 1
  • Ratio of women : men: 47 : 1
  • Oldest person on a September cover: Lauren Hutton, 66, LOVE (not pictured)
  • Youngest person on a September cover: Dakota Fanning, 16, Dazed & Confused
  • Number of women over 40 on a September cover: 10, including American ElleVogue, and Glamour
  • Uncanny Valley Award For Most Outrageous Photoshop: Essence
  • Most wtf hair: American Vogue
  • Number of magazines in addition to i-D, where such a pose is traditional, where a person on the cover was snapped covering up or closing one eye: 5
  • Number of black-and-white covers: 8, counting Hutton's LOVE cover and the subscriber covers of US & UK Harper's Bazaar
  • Prettiest cover: Gisele Bündchen for Harper's Bazaar UK, duh
  • Number of covers pictured above with the word "Va-jay-jay" in 48-point font: 1
  • Number of covers pictured above with the words "Fall Fashion": 9
  • Number of issues claiming to be the "Fashion Issue": 6
  • Number of American nationals involved in the creation of Vogue Japan's "American Beauty" cover: probably zero, given the fashion editor is Italian, the photographers are Dutch, and the model is Russian
  • Achievement Award For Most Awkward Pose: jointly given to Jessica Simpson and Elle MacPherson
  • Most original cover of a mainstream magazine: Lady Gaga on Vanity Fair. Duh. 

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