Sexiest Magazine Covers of All Time

Sexiest Magazine Covers of All Time

Jennifer Aniston scored an iconic GQ cover by wearing nothing but a tie. So which other stars have taken off their clothes for a sexy magazine cover? Us Weekly rounds up some of the most iconic and steamy magazine covers of all time.

Sizzling Sofia

Actress Sofia Vergara looked amazing as she posed for the September 2017 issue of Women’s Health wearing nothing but a sexy smile. 

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Shirtless Stud

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam gave us major six pack goals when he posed for Men’s Fitness in March 2010. 

Put Your Hands on Me

With her then boyfriend Rene Elizondo's hands covering her breasts, Janet Jackson completed her transformation from a musically inclined Jackson sibling to a sexually charged goddess of R&B. With the release of 1993’s Janet, the “All for You” singer showed off a sexier side and took it all the way with her topless cover for Rolling Stone’s September 1993 issue. 

Supermodel Status

Cindy Crawford set the bar for supermodels to come. As one of the first models to sign lucrative deals to promote products such as Pepsi, Crawford became a household name with the release of her fitness videos. The fit model also posed for Playboy multiple times and went nude for Esquire’s August 1995 cover.

Where Are Her Calvins?

Brooke Shields made a name for herself as a child star in the late '70s and a Calvin Klein model in the '80s. In the iconic jean campaign, she claimed: "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins.” The Blue Lagoon actress appeared nude on Rolling Stone’s October 1996 issue while promoting Suddenly Susan, which ran from 1996 to 2000.

Fearless and Free

Following her Oscar-nominated turn as rock band groupie Penny Lane in Almost Famous, Kate Hudson embraced her fit figure and appeared naked on InStyle’s September 2001 issue. She had previously appeared on the cover of InStyle beside her mother, Goldie Hawn, in 1996.

Justified, Right?

Justin Timberlake stole the hearts of teens around the world while he was in 'N Sync. But it was as a solo artist that he found superstardom. Showing off his sculpted upper body and highlighted locks, the “TKO” singer graced the cover of Rolling Stone’s January 2003 issue.

To Be Young

Britney Spears began her career as a virginal pop star, and as the “Make Me…” singer matured, her image took that brand and sexed it up. Years before her marriage to Kevin Federline, the Crossroads star posed in cheeky underwear for Rolling Stone’s October 2003 cover not long after she split from then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

Who Runs the World?

Vanity Fair’s March 2006 Hollywood issue featured a naked Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson beside a fully suited Tom Ford. The designer replaced Rachel McAdams, who was originally slated to appear beside the young beauties, but decided against the nude shoot with Annie Leibovitz.

Channeling Marilyn

Lindsay Lohan’s troubled, scandalous and rehabilitated past bears a certain resemblance to that of iconic ingenue Marilyn Monroe, but it was famed photographer Bert Stern who urged the Parent Trap star to recreate Monroe’s photo series “The Last Sitting.” On New York magazine’s February 2008 cover, the Georgia Rule star teasingly holds a pink scarf between her teeth in a sultry ode to the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star.

Bare Your National Pride

Jennifer Aniston wore only a patriotic-themed tie on her iconic January 2009 GQ cover, for which she posed nearly naked. The push to brand the Friends alum as the “All-American” girl wasn’t subtle, but it didn’t need to be.


True Blood costars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard channeled their characters’ lustful energy for the cover of Rolling Stone’s September 2010 cover. Splattered with blood and mud, the trio brought the heat while promoting the HBO supernatural drama’s third season.

Relationship Mementos

When Vogue Russia’s November 2011 issue was released, Adam Levine and Anne V were hot and heavy. The Voice mentor and his model girlfriend intimately wrapped their arms around each other for the steamy, unclothed shot. The couple would later split in April 2012 after two years of dating.

Can’t Keep Her Down

Madonna posed in fishnets and a bustier for Vanity Fair Italia’s May 2012 issue. As the reigning Queen of Pop, the “Like a Virgin” singer has never been discreet. Stamped with an “M” on her lip, the “Material Girl” knows her sexual power and has used it accordingly for decades.

Swimsuit Star

Kate Upton found fame as a repeat cover model for Sports Illustrated. As the face of the Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue, Upton found her calling as America’s ideal girl next door. Her sexy dance skills also went viral in 2012 when Terry Richardson posted a video of her dancing to The Rej3ctz’s “Cat Daddy.”

Stand Under Her Umbrella

Sporting her underboob tattoo and a leather jacket, Rihanna went bottomless for the cover of GQ’s December 2012 issue. The “Work” singer was the magazine’s 2012 Obsession of the Year, but that came before RiRi embraced an even riskier sense of style that routinely includes sheer or see-through tops.

Just Couple Things

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got intimate for the cover of French magazine L’Officiel Hommes’ Spring 2013 issue. The controversial couple would later strike a very similar pose for The Life of Pablo rapper’s “Bound 2” music video in November 2013. 

All Glittered Up

Beyoncé was doused in glitter for Flaunt’s issue No. 127 in 2013. The “Formation” singer showed off her enviable figure while posed with one hand twisted around her side and resting atop her backside.

It’s in the Eyes

Lady Gaga isn’t one to shy away from nudity. Many of the provocateur’s music videos — including "Bad Romance," "Venus" and "G.U.Y." — leave little to the imagination. But as the cover model for V Magazine’s fall 2013 issue, the American Horror Story actress covered up with a technicolor, semi-see-through plastic jacket. The “Til It Happens to You” singer would later guest edit V Magazine’s V99.

Just Being Miley

The world never knows what to expect from Miley Cyrus. After her transition from an innocent Disney Channel star to a wrecking ball rider, the “We Can’t Stop” singer embraced her body and routinely posed provocatively for magazines. Most memorably, The Last Song actress went blonde and bare for the March 2014 issue of W.

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