After a slew of accusations, 'Grazia' magazine admitted to heavily Photoshopping a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge at the royal wedding in April, whittling down her waist and copy-pasting her left arm over to replace her right, which was holding Prince William's hand.
Cosmopolitan magazine's choice of then 17-year-old Dakota Fanning for the cover of their February issue caused controversy due to the nature of the magazine's sex-related headlines and the actress's young age.
Although the magazine received a lot of heat for the cover, a spokesperson for the magazine told Fox News: "Dakota, who turns 18 this month, is a mature, fearless young woman and we are proud to honor her as our Fun Fearless Female of the year."
Vogue's April 2008 shape issue featured NBA star LeBron James and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen in a way that many believed perpetuated negative racial stereotypes about African American men. LeBron's forceful pose seemed to depict 'King Kong-like' aggression while Bundchen was depicted as a damsel in distress.
Famed androgynous male model Andre Pejic caused a stir when he posed topless for Dossier magazine. The nature of the cover was so controversial that Barnes and Nobles censored the cover as they would for a nudie magazine because they were worried that customers would mistake Pejic for a woman.
However, this cover will stand out as the glossy that started it all.
The cover of V Magazine's September 2011 issue was intended to pay homage to Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" However, many readers were concerned that it was demeaning to supermodel Naomi Campbell and that it glamorized sexual violence.
It's hard to remember a time when celebrities didn't pose naked while pregnant on covers of magazines. However, that time existed and we have Demi Moore to thank for being the first, posing nude while 7 months pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair.
The issue caused a whole slew of controversy and there were stories of the magazine being sold in paper bags, like porno magazines. However, a year later Moore posed nude on another cover for the magazine covered in body paint as a commemoration to this infamous cover.
Vanity Fair's March 2010 'Young Hollywood' edition raised brows when all of the celebs they chose for their issue were thin and white. Although all of the young actresses they chose did have big movies released in 2010, many wondered if there were no actors of color who could have been featured in the magazine?
Vogue Italia's plus-sized edition raised eyebrows not only for the magazine's choice of 'curvier' instead of rail-thin models, but because of the scintillating nature of the pictures inside the magazine. Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Edward Enninful, the models are photographed in various states of undress, making it slightly NSFW.
The American monthly magazine made two covers of their October issue, one featuring James Franco's face and one featuring his butt. Needless to say, this NSFW magazine cover is controversial because of its bumtastic nature.
Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman pose happily on the cover of Teen Vogue's November 2010 issue, however the magazine did not know that Dunn was pregnant until after the photo shoot. The 19-year-old model reveals her pregnancy in the magazine, and because Teen Vogue decided not to pull the cover, many advocates against teen pregnancy were concerned about the message that the magazine was sending to its teen readers.
When Kim Kardashian appears in the buff for any magazine, it's always controversial. In this case, the celeb posed for W Magazine's November 2010 cover with her lady bits covered by a tagline by artist Barbara Kruger. Additionally and perhaps more controversial were the outtakes of this shoot in which Kardashian is naked and dipped in silver paint.
W Magazine commissioned Chinese dissident and world-famous artist Ai Wei Wei for one of its November 2011, art issue covers. The cover features model Sui He recreating the scene of the artist's violent arrest.
Then 47-year-old actress Demi Moore appeared on the November 2009 cover of W Magazine looking a little too thin. The actress dismissed claims that her photo had been Photoshopped (especially in the hip area) saying that she was just very thin.
The British singer looked amazing on the cover of Vogue's March 2012 issue, so amazing that some people thought the Grammy winning songstress looked Photoshopped. The actress was drawn into controversy when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld called her "a little too fat," however, she dismissed the comments in the pages of this edition of Vogue.
The always controversial Lindsay Lohan graced the February 2008 cover of New York Magazine, recreating Marilyn Monroe's 'The Last Sitting' photography session of 1962. Since Lohan's spread featured the troubled young actress in various stages of undress and featured near-explicit nudity, the issue garnered a lot of attention.
Before the pop star became the center of a paparazzi frenzy (remember head-shaving, K-Fed, etc.), Britney Spears was a 'Teen Queen.' At least that's what Rolling Stone dubbed her in their April 1999 issue which featured the then seventeen-year-old Spears in lingerie and holding a Tellytubby. In 1999, the young singer was already developing into a sex symbol, but many believed that this cover was a little too mature for a 17 year-old.
Lindsay Lohan was photographed by the ever controversial Terry Richardson for Purple Magazine in 2010. Apart from the fact that the subject is Lindsay Lohan, the cover was controversial because she was posed in a Christ-like pose, with a crown of thorns adorning her head.
Male model Marlon Teixeira's embrace of Stephanie Seymour is striking -- is she being choked? And is that ever OK?
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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Arantxa Martin attends "Total Channel" presentation at the Shoko Club on April 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ari Graynor attends Vanity Fair Party for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 16, 2013 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Constance Jablonski attends a dinner in honor of Halle Berry as she joins Michael Kors and the United Nations World Food Programme to help fight world hunger. The event was held at The Pool Room at the Four Seasons on April 6, 2013 in New York City.
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 14: Actress Desi Lydic arrives at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Model Eva Marcille Pigford attends the GBK Gift Lounge In Honor Of The MTV Movie Award Nominees And Presenters at W Hollywood on April 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 08: Singer Gwen Stefani makes a surprise appearance, performing onstage with Bush at the 23rd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at Gibson Amphitheatre on December 8, 2012 in Universal City, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Kate Walsh attends the BVLGARI celebration of Elizabeth Taylor's collection of BVLGARI jewelry at BVLGARI Beverly Hills on February 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Recording artist Kelly Rowland arrives at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Kristen Stewart attends The Variety Studio: Awards Edition held at a private residence on November 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actress Laura Dern attends the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 23, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 27: Actress Miley Cyrus arrives at Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner at InterContinental Hotel on June 27, 2012 in Century City, California.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: British singer/songwriter Mollie King attends the Jean-Pierre Braganza show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at Somerset House on February 15, 2013 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Nicki Minaj performs live on stage at 02 Arena on October 30, 2012 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Nicole Scherzinger performs onstage for 'Give It Up For Comic Relief' at Wembley Arena on March 6, 2013 in London, England.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 19: Actress Perrey Reeves attends the Premiere of Open Roads Films "The Host" at the ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on March 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Rihanna performs live on stage at Twickenham Stadium on June 15, 2013 in London, England.
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