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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A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom's plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic. (Misha Japaridze, AP)
People fish from Inversnaid Pier on November 30, 2012 in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Weather warnings have been issued as temperatures start to fall below freezing across many parts of the UK. The cold snap follows recent, severe flooding, which has affected areas of Western and Northen England. (Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images)
Homeless people sleep at the Komolapur railway terminal in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (A.M. Ahad, AP)
The construction of One World Trade Center, now up to 104 floors, is seen Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, across the Hudson River as a runner glides his hand at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., along the wall of 'Empty Sky,' New Jersey's memorial to the 749 people from the state lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremonies, but also a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. (Mel Evans, AP)
A model presents a design by Bora Aksu during his Spring/Summer 2013 show at London Fashion Week in London, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (Alastair Grant, AP)
A roller coaster sits in the ocean after the Casino Pier collapsed when Superstorm Sandy hit, on November 25, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Mayor Bill Akers has asked the Coast Guard to find out whether the coaster is structurally stable, adding that it would make a great tourist attraction. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
This time exposure photo shows the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifting off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The rocket is carrying supplies to the International Space Station. (Terry Renna, AP)
Northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminate the sky over Potter Marsh, foreground, and in the distance, Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 shortly after midnight. (Dan Joling, AP)
Spanish acrobat David Pereira is silhouetted as he performs on the roof terrace of a hotel with the 368 meters high television tower in the background during a photo call in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Pereira and other artists presented parts of the new show "Made in Berlin" of the Wintergarten Berlin Variety, which will premiere Aug. 9, 2012. (Gero Breloer, AP)
Beach visitors of different sorts watch the sunset in Dauphin Island, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. (Dave Martin, AP)
Athletes jump over water during the men's 3000m steeplechase heats at the 2012 Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (Adam Pretty, Pool / AP)
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, French athletes watch pyrotechnics illuminating the sky above the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in London. (Matt Dunham, AP)
Japanese gymnast Yusuke Tanaka performs on the rings during the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (Julie Jacobson, AP)
RS:X athlete Lee Tae Hoon, from South Korea, trains ahead of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland. (Bernat Armangue, AP)
The pack passes a field with sunflowers during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 222.5 kilometers (138.3 miles) with start in Blagnac and finish in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Friday July 20, 2012. (Laurent Cipriani, AP)
Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan, smokes a cigarette inside her cage at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, July 6, 2012. Zookeepers said they plan to move Tori, who learned to smoke about a decade ago by imitating people, away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage so they can watch and photograph her puffing away and exhaling smoke. (AP)
A reveler is tossed by a Dolores Aguirre Yabarra ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona Spain, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)
A fisherman works on fish traps at sunset in Malkiya village, Bahrain, on the Persian Gulf coast Tuesday July 10, 2012. (Hasan Jamali, AP)
The Global Rainbow is projected into the night sky from Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, Northern Ireland, Friday, March 16, 2012. The large scale outdoor laser projection created by New York artist Yvette Mattern is visible across the night sky, the event signals 100 days to go until the opening of the London 2012 Festival which is a tweleve-week festival of arts running parallel to the Olympic Games taking place in London. (Peter Morrison, AP)
One World Trade Center, left, and nearby buildings, are reflected in the glass facade of the National September 11 Museum, Monday, March 19, 2012 in New York. The tower, now up to the 93rd floor, is expected to be completed in late 2013. (Mark Lennihan, AP)
A trail of slurry is deposited by a bomber during a run over a smoldering ridge in the Lower North Fork Wildfire burning in the foothills community of Conifer, Colo., southwest of Denver on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Firefighters are now able to actively battle the blaze on the ground that started on Monday and has already destroyed at least 16 homes in the rugged terrain. (David Zalubowski, AP)
An activist shields herself as a police officer pepper sprays her during a protest outside a military club in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday March 29, 2012. A club of retired military officers held its annual celebration of Brazil's 1964 military coup as usual, but faced protestors as members arrived for the event. Unlike its Latin American neighbors, Brazil never had a formal investigation into its 20-year dictatorship. (Felipe Dana, AP)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday March 30, 2012. The celebration marks the start of Holy Week in Nicaragua. (Esteban Felix, AP)
People walk past the Malvinas Falklands war Memorial in Ushuaia, Argentina, Sunday, April 1, 2012. April 2 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the military confrontation when the country was defeated by the United Kingdom for the remote archipelago in the South Atlantic, the Falkland Islands, known as the Malvinas by the Argentines. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP)
Firefighters greet each other in the aftermath of a fire in a warehouse on York Street near Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia on Monday, April 9, 2012. Two firefighters died after a wall collapsed on them while they fought the massive early-morning blaze. (Matt Rourke, AP)
A full moon is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Wednesday July 4, 2012. (Felipe Dana, AP)
Revelers hold up traditional red neckties during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2012 San Fermin fiestas, Friday, July 6, 2012 in Pamplona, Spain. Revelers from around the world kick off the San Fermin festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)
Revelers run on Estafeta street beside to Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls ranch as people look on from balconies above, during the fifth running of the bulls, at the San Fermin fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (Alvaro Barrientos, AP)
Forest fires rage on the hills above the city of Funchal in the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira Wednesday night, July 18, 2012. Residents living near wooded areas at the edge of the island's largest city fled in panic after one blaze engulfed an unspecified number of houses and threatened others. (Joana Sousa, AP)
An Italian firefighter is lowered from an helicopter onto the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Residents of Giglio are growing increasingly worried about threats to the environment and the future of the Italian island following the suspension of the recovery operation of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia. (Pier Paolo Cito, AP)
A conductor of the Chinese military band rehearses before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China, Saturday, March 3, 2012. (Ng Han Guan, AP)
In this photo made with a long exposure, several thousands of people with torches form a human chain during the anniversary of Japan's earthquake and nuclear disaster of Fukushima one year ago, during an event to mark the anniversary in front of the pit 'Konrad' near Salzgitter, Germany, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Pit 'Konrad' is a former iron ore mine proposed as a deep geological repository for medium- and low level radioactive waste. (Jens Meyer, AP)
People enjoy a fountain in front of the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (Alexandre Meneghini, AP)
View of the fireworks display organized by Kuwait's government to commemorate Constitution Day in Kuwait City on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012. The 60 minute $14 million spectacle is competing for a place in the Guiness Book of Records. (Gustavo Ferrari, AP)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts as he is introduced before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Baltimore, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (Nick Wass, AP)
Performers with umbrellas are suspended in the air during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)
People walk beside an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower (12 meters high) in the landscape park Miniwelt (Miniworld) during the sunset in Lichtenstein, eastern Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. The cultural park Miniworld presents about 100 original and true-to detail buildings and technical facilities at a 1:25 scale ranging on an area of 6,5 hectares. All buildings invite the visitors to take a walk through the last 3,500 years of building history, moving from the ancient world to present. (Jens Meyer, AP)
Revelers play with tomato pulp during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday with 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the 'Tomatina' now in its 64th year. (Alberto Saiz, AP)
Team Spain performs on their way to win the golden medal of the free combination synchronise swimming at the European Championships Diving and Synchronized Swimming at Pieter van den Hoogenband stadium in Eindhoven, south central Netherlands, Sunday May 27, 2012. (Ermino Armino, AP)
President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Pete Souza, White House)
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Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Obliteration (original design for poster), 1968. Collage with gouache and ink on paper, 18 1/8 x 11 in. (46 x 28 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Flowers and Self-Portrait, 1973. Collage, watercolor, and ink on paper, 20 7/8 x 16 9/16 in. (53 x 42 cm). Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Portrait, 1972. Collage with pastel, ballpoint pen, and ink on paper, 29 5/16 x 17 5/16 in. (74.4 x 44 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Obliteration No. 3, 1967. Watercolor, ink, pastel, and photocollage on paper, 15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in. (40.4 x 50.4 cm), Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Self-Obliteration No. 1, 1962--7. Watercolor, ink, graphite, and photocollage on paper, 15 7/8 x 19 13/16 in. (40.4 x 50.4 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Man Catching the Insect, 1972. Collage with oil on paper, 19 7/8 x 16 15/16 in. (50.5 x 43 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Untitled, c. 1962--3. Collage on paper, 23 13/16 x 25 in. (60.5 x 63.5 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), An Encounter with a Flowering Season, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Late-night Chat is Filled with Dreams, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 63 3/4 x 63 3/4 in. (162 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c)
Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), I Want to Live Honestly, Like the Eye in the Picture, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), All about my Love, and I Long to Eat a Dream of the Night, 2009. Synthetic polymer on canvas, 51 5/16 x 63 3/4 in. (130.3 x 162 cm). Collection of the artist. (c) Yayoi Kusama. Image courtesy Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Gagosian Gallery, New York