The Biggest Selling Vogue Cover

The increasing dominance of the Internet over mass media has caused wholesale changes in the way publishers select magazine content, including who graces the coveted covers.

Gone are the days when magazine editors solicited Hollywood starlets for glamorous covers to help sell their magazines. Nowadays the biggest-selling magazine covers are more likely to be reality TV stars or burlesque singers, such as Beyonce.


The New York Times reported Thursday sales of Cosmopolitan magazine with reality television personality Kim Kardashian on the cover sold 1.2 million copies - their best month of the year so far. That topped the March issue with singer Miley Cyrus on the cover, which sold 1.1 million copies, their second-best seller.

Covers featuring celebrities Demi Lovato, Khloe Kardashian and Selena Gomez were among their top five best sellers in 2012.

Lovato is a singer-songwriter, Kardashian is a reality television personality and Gomez is a singer and an actress best known for her work on television.

Vogue's best seller this year featured Beyonce on the cover. A 2012 issue featuring Lady Gaga sold nearly twice as many copies as the January issue featuring three-time Oscar winning film star Meryl Streep.

The editor in chief at Glamour, said singers Beyonce "do an incredible job of connecting with their fans," calling them the "Mick Jaggers of today" -- a reference to the Rolling Stones frontman.

"There are a lot of movies right now that don't speak to women. Since 'Sex and the City,' there haven't been those big rah-rah movies for women," said Joanna Coles, editor in chief at Cosmopolitan.

Angelina Jolie, apparently, is an exception.

"Angelina is not just a film star. She is a spokesman for something bigger," Coles said.

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    • OutsidetheBox


    • Sandra Rose


    • luVn_liFe…


    • OutsidetheBox

      Umm also one of Rihs was the lowest seller. Navy *looks at Sandra* where yall at. :tea:

      I bought this. I don't subscribe to vogue anymore. But anna winning me over...agane.

    • lashellebelle

      I really wasn't ready for her to be smizing across my phone.
      Scared me just a bit!

    • MissTaken

      She did that cover pose. FIERCE :nono: <--- Really fierce finger zig zag from head to toe
      :goodnite: Roses and Sandra

    • OutsidetheBox

      But SANDRA I LIVE FOR THE GIF! :thankyou:

    • MissTaken


    • luVn_liFe…

      So is the VOGUE or Cosmo??
      Just asking cause the first paragraph from the Urban GOSSIP is talking about states for COSMO . . .
      Or did kim and em cover vogue too??
      Or what does eiTher or have to do with the other . . .
      HOw many COPIES DID BEY Sell?
      Or did I miss sumpthin'

    • 69


      "I know when you were little girl, you dreamnt of being in my wherlll. Don't get it twisted, this my chit. Bow down bytches."


      Bey shyts on all of em. :hahaha:

    • luVn_liFe…

      uVn_liFe... says:

      So is this VOGUE or Cosmo??
      Just asking cause the first paragraph from the HISpanic BUsinESS is talking about states for COSMO . . .


    • San

      You cannot equate Kim K and the likes to Bey :huh: <<---- where is the snob/uppity emote

    • luVn_liFe…

      This COVER is HAWT!
      Bey lOOks GREAT UP there! :thumbsup:

    • luVn_liFe…

      Just got my AUTO insurance renewal :woot:
      204 less :phew:

    • San

      :popcorn: <---boston baked beans

    • luVn_liFe…

      :shotsfired: st SANTA MONICA CollEGE :warning:

    • talkingwithtami

      I loved this issue I'm a subscriber to Vogue! :tea:

    • Bombshell Esq

      Aunty you :love: Bey just admit it :tea:

    • Bombshell Esq

      Or did kim and em cover vogue too??


      No over Ana Wintour's dead body... She said Drysnatchian and the rest of em will NEVER grace the pages let alone the cover of Vouge :tea:

    • Bombshell Esq

      Lashelle :hugs: Hey baby mama

    • GAGIRL87

      That GIF is everything...

    • Who Dat

      OH....oh :dead:

    • Who Dat

      I die every time you say it...Drysnatchian

      Okay write it down. I LOVE the gif with her. THERE...

      *goes to cut my fingers off now that I typed something nice about huh*

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Gone are the days when magazine editors solicited Hollywood starlets for glamorous covers to help sell their magazines.

      You mean models, the actors and actresses took their jobs, now its the musicians :tea:

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Chile the propaganda :tea: Pay attention people..... I do not sip the koolaid

    • Diva

      Why theses fonts boldest though?

    • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

      Wow Sandra...I didnt read the article...Yet...Im sure theres shade,,,But this gif is giving me life,,,Shes gawjussss :-)

    • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

      OutsidetheBox says:


      OK...Ive never seen this. Perturbed that Sandra posted this :think: Anyway...I read the article,,,I dont think its fair to lump Beyonce in with the Kardashians...JMO...The article didnt...Until we see Bey swallowing c*m on que,,,Shell remain in a different laine than them...A whole different lane...The dashians will remain broke down over there on the shoulder...ijs...The covers featuring them sell because young girls who buy these mags are intrigued by them...Ask the porn teen Mom...Speckle booty Fishburne...So altho Meryl may never outsell them in mag covers, theyll never outshine her in stardom, talent, and class :nun:

    • miss_meka

      I love the gif!! Beyonce looks great ????

    • MsB2u

      Deep down inside Auntie has a soft spot for Bey :wink:

    • Smonae

      Queen Bey is werking that cover :wink:

    • digal704

      Not bad for a chick who needs to take body language and family values tips from Monica! I loves Beyonce!!!!!!

    • tintin1979

      Good stuff. As much as we may be tired of Bey, we should be proud that a black woman has power. Black people are killing it right now.

    • RegyBery

      Baby that cover and that gif is the business. Yes gawd beyince

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Sandra you better :preach: on that Fanny post :applause: I totally agree with everthing u said! Sometimes your fonts make me proud :grill:

    • nybrn2

      Beyonce is working it baby!! That cover is fierce!! Her face is beat 2 perfection!! Love it!!!

    • Afiya

      Nice cover. Stack that squilla gurl...this won't last forever, so get it while you can.

    • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

      Hi weekend posters :hi: Did yall see Serena today :woohoo: I cant believe its been 11yrs,,,She did it though. #BlackWomenRock

    • Yardgirl

      Hey Bren!! :happy: Serena IS the business!! And when she "elle a parlé en français" (spoke in french) I was like woot woot, show them what you working with mademoiselle. I LOVE HER!! :yahoo:

    • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

      Hey Bren!! Serena IS the business!! And when she “elle a parlé en français” (spoke in french) I was like woot woot, show them what you working with mademoiselle. I LOVE HER!!

      YARDI!!!!!!!!!! Yes the French took the cake :yes: Initially on my broadcast they came back from commercial and Maria was speaking,,,Then they said Serena already addressed the crowd---IN FRENCH :blink: I was like??? Why didnt they air that? Luckily she spoke in French during the trophy ceremony as well. Class act :thumbsup: I went to Huffpo to see what they were saying...Same ol same ol...Shes a man, shes a beast, she shouldnt be playing against the women,,,Its not fair...blah blah blah...Thats a beautiful sista, doing beautiful things...Its time the we Black folks back away from bashing her. She gets enough of that from the others. If our women would take the time to stop worrying about trivial things like sweating out their hair, or losing their donkey booty *eye roll* they too would see it takes hard work and determination to achieve her physique. She is blessed, and HEALTHY! God bless her...I hope you enjoy the rest of ur weekend :kiss:

    • 69


      You know know anyone at South Fulton Medical Center? My cousin swears a baby was born there last month named "Wii'Mya" like the Nintendo. Somebody need to hand over the receipts cause I'm not believing that anyone (even in East Point) could be THAT ghetto :nono:

    • jeniefrumdabloc