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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Friday list: Sexy celebrity magazine covers

By Jen Chaney

The magazine cover that has captured the public's imagination and, perhaps, reminded some people to give blood. (Rolling Stone)

It seems people can't stop staring at/talking about/Google-searching for the "True Blood" Rolling Stone magazine cover. Nude, bloody and hot vampires are super-sexy. Who knew? (Um, everyone?)

The subject came up during our weekly Celebritology discussion Thursday and sparked a conversation about other memorable celebrity magazine covers, particularly those that show a bit of famous skin. There are two that rise above all others as the most iconic in this department. But they're hardly alone. With that in mind, we turn the page to today's Friday list, a look at 10 sexy (or comically sexy) celebrity magazine covers.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: The honor of Most Iconic Naked Celebrity Magazine Cover has to go to this 1981 image of the unclothed Beatle snuggling up to his wife, a photo taken by Annie Liebovitz on the day Lennon was killed and published as a Rolling Stone cover one month later. The freshness of Lennon's death made the image more simultaneously shocking and touching than it already was.

(File photo)

Demi Moore: The other cover that immediately comes to mind when someone combines the words "naked" and "celebrity" with "magazine" is this 1991 shot of a pregnant Demi Moore, again, photographed by Annie Liebovitz. Controversial at the time, it has been satirized and imitated on numerous occasions since, with stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears later signing up to bare their bulging bellies.

(File photo)

Jennifer Aniston, "Friends" era: A Celebritology reader pointed out in yesterday's discussion that this photo of Aniston on a 1996 issue of Rolling Stone was a staple in college dorm rooms at the time. Several readers agreed that this shot is much sexier than the nude-necktie one of Aniston that appeared on GQ in '08. A toss-up, perhaps?

(AP/Rolling Stone)

Topless Janet Jackson: Rolling Stone has a way with nudity, doesn't it? The magazine produced this provocative cover in 1993 and got readers talking, a conversation that heated up again when they eventually realized that the hands on Jackson's breasts belonged to her then-husband Rene Elizondo Jr., to whom she was secretly married for several years. (They later divorced.)

(AP/Rolling Stone)

Topless ... Cartman?: Spin responded to Rolling Stone's Jackson cover several years later, with a ridiculous 1998 parody featuring Eric Cartman and Chef. It says something about the impact of the Jackson cover that, five years later, the point of this joke was immediately obvious.

(PR News Foto)

Marge Simpson does Playboy: Cartman isn't the only cartoon character to pose in the buff. Marge Simpson finally graced the cover of Playboy last year, undoubtedly making this guy wish, once again, that they had consummated their affair.


The Dixie Chicks speak out: When the country trio came under fire for their derogatory in-concert comments about President George W. Bush, they got naked (and inked up with fake tattoos) on a 2003 Entertainment Weekly cover to tell the world they were ready to face their critics. It certainly caught our attention, even if it did little to dilute the controversy.

(Entertainment Weekly via AP)

Bruno in the buff: Sacha Baron Cohen -- a guy who is hardly shy about showing skin -- bared all in character on the cover of GQ to promote his 2009 comedy "Bruno." Kind of a funny photo, but it still didn't do much to generate interest in the movie.


Tiger Woods: The picture of Tiger Woods on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this year -- another Annie Liebovitz special, taken previously but issued in the wake of the Woods sex scandal -- came across as more sad than sexy.

(Annie Liebovitz for Vanity Fair)

Tom Cruise: No nudity here, folks! I include this Cracked magazine cover -- which marked the magazine's return to print in 2006 -- simply to point out that keeping a famous person fully clothed and making creative use of Photoshop can sometimes result in an image that's even better than sexy. It's really funny.

(File photo)

By Jen Chaney  | August 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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I would add this cover of Tom Cruise wearing braces - it made me feel better about myself when I got braces.,,ewTax:658,00.html

Posted by: TerpsGirl | August 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

hmmm... the oct 2003 rolling stone was a famous one... surprised that didnt make your list.

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | August 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I never heard that the famous Lennon/Ono cover was taken on the day he died.

Posted by: msame | August 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Aw, no mention of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson's steamy Rolling Stone cover during the "The X-files" heydey? For shame! This cover is still super hot and came out at the height of the "will they or won't they" that was going on.

Posted by: melindaboyd | August 23, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The "file photos" of the first two are Annie Leibiwoitz's, like the Tiger Woods, and are the only original ones - the rest are just ripoffs/parodies of a real artist.

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 23, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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