Cover of the Week: 10.22.11

Every year, Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” cover story garners a lot of attention. This year the magazine crowned Rihanna with the title, offering up the pop singer naked on the cover, with only a couple leaves to hide her nether regions. When I saw the issue arrive in my mailbox, the cover — although it certainly caught my eye — may not have pulled me in with the most fitting photograph. Doesn’t the sexiest woman alive also have, in addition to her beautiful body, a beautiful face? The Esquire cover features Rihanna’s glistening body but most of her face gets lost behind her hair. Perhaps they covered a lot of her face up so you’d spend more time looking at her curves, but if I’m supposed to be reading about why Rihanna’s the “Sexiest Woman Alive,” I want to see the whole package. Also, once inside, the feature photo that accompanies the story looks too similar to the cover image. A little variety and a little more facial visibility wouldn’t hurt. Nonetheless, this month’s Esquire deserves a round of applause for putting Rihanna on the cover. She’s a symbol for not only sex and beauty but also for female empowerment, given how well she’s come back from her physical abuse scandal with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

Cover(s) of the Week: 10.07.11

Any time a magazine produces multiple covers for a single issue, it’s likely to catch my eye. The four new ESPN The Magazine covers are certainly attention grabbers. The magazine’s annual Body Issue hits newsstands today with four nude athletes on the cover: Clippers forward Blake Griffin, soccer player Hope Solo, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, and Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler. “After a while I didn’t really care,” Griffin told USA Today. “They were bringing the robe over after every take and after a while, I was like, ‘Whatever, it’s OK.’ I guess I’m more comfortable now with less clothes.” Chicago Sky Center Sylvia Fowles, Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone, and track and field star Natasha Hastingsare are among the other 22 athletes featured in the issue.

Crunch Time at TIME magazine

Most magazines aren’t known for their fast turnaround. TIME is one of the exceptions. As the first and now one of the last true-to-form newsweeklies, TIME had its next issue already filed when news broke yesterday of Steve Jobs’s death. But that didn’t stop managing editor Rick Stengel from halting the presses and hauling in the staff to produce a new issue — in under three hours, no less. Big kudos to TIME’s hard-working staff for cranking out the commemorative issue in such a short period. The new cover, pictured here, marks the ninth that the Apple visionary has graced since 1982. For a look at the other eight, click here. And go to WIRED if you want to read the best tribute to Jobs I’ve seen throughout the last 24 hours worth of coverage.

Cover of the Week: 09.30.11

Even though I’ve only lived in New York since June, I learned quickly where the tourist traps are and how important it is to steer clear of them. Aside from the sheer amusement that comes from seeing the kinds of people that Times Square draws, I avoid it like the plague. Everyone’s too busy gawking at the double arched “M,” as if they’ve never seen a McDonald’s before, or sizing up the Naked Cowboy to actually look where they’re walking. The New Yorkers are easy to spot, since they’re the only ones not walking in zig-zags. That’s why the latest New Yorker cover thoughtfully captures the problem by showing how Times Square should be — with a designated lane for tourists. The only thing that’s missing is a moving walkway for the non-tourists, given the rush New Yorkers are in (especially to get out of Times Square).