The Best Magazine Covers of 2019  

Sammy Leary
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List Rules Vote up the best and most notable covers to grace the newsstands in 2019.

Print isn't dead, not when the best magazine covers still beckon brightly from newsstands and grocery checkout lines. In fact, it almost seems as though social media helps magazines like Vogue, Time, W magazine, and many others, stay in our popular awareness. An eye-catching magazine cover looks equally good as an Instagram post or on a coffee table.

Whether it's the models on the cover changing with the times, heart-stopping headlines, beautiful photographs, stunning fashion, or the perfect combination of all of the above, the best magazine covers stop you in your tracks. Which is what they're designed to do, really.

We've gathered the best magazine covers of 2019 in one list so you can decide which is the best of them all. Vote up the covers that caught your eye.


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With multiple shows out in 2019 and another movie on its way, Jordan Peele has captured everyone's attention and seems to know how to hold it. Peele's unblinking stare on the February 2019 cover of Rolling Stone seems to reference his ability to see what truly unsettles us, and the faux "tear" running down the front of the image reminds us of the glitchy, unsettling Twilight Zone commercial that ran during the Super Bowl.


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Putting an LGBTQ+ family on their cover for the first time, Parents Magazine profiles celebrity fitness trainer Shaun T and his husband and business partner, Scott Blokker. The magazine hasn't skimped on sharing LGBTQ+ parents and families in its inner pages, but putting gay parents on the cover was a first that they felt was about time.

Sports Illustrated - May 2019 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Magazine Covers of 2019
Photo:  Sports Illustrated - Swimsuit

For one of Sports Illustrated's 2019 Swimsuit magazines, Tyra Banks recreated her legendary shoot in which she became SI's first Black model to have her own cover in 1997. Banks made waves with her 2019 feature because not only is she now 45 years old and outside of SI's typical age range, but she also announced that she is coming out of retirement under the stage name BanX. BanX plans to "represent rebirth and that beauty boundaries only exist to be broken" - a concept the superstar is already quite familiar with. 


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For the first issue of 2019, W Magazine shared a series of covers, shot by Tim Walker. Naming it "Hollywood Tales" and calling it a "celebration of the beautiful, the challenging, and the thrilling," these engaging portraits focused on actors who were part of the 2019 awards season, from established actors to newcomers. Other than the striking image of Amy Adams and Mahershala Ali, the covers included Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan, Kiki Layne and Jonah Hill, Eddie Redmayne and Rami Malek, Saoirse Ronan, Claire Foy and Emily Blunt, and Nicole Kidman.