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MagLove: The best magazine covers this week (12 February 2015)

MediaSlut (@MediaSlut)’s choice of the best international and South African Magazine covers this week:

  • Época
  • Esquire (UK)
  • That’s (Beijing)
  • The Washington Post Magazine
  • Web Designer
  • House and Leisure


The Zika virus is being discussed and written about often, especially with the Rio 2016 Olympics being just around the corner and warnings being sent out by different countries. But at the centre of it all are the babies affected, and their parents. This Época cover gives a face to the people affected, and shows that love will prevail. I really hope there’s a cure found very soon for future expecting mothers…


Esquire (UK), March 2016

Today is Zoolander Day, as the long-awaited movie launches overseas; unfortunately, South Africans will have to wait until 11 March 2016 when it starts at Ster-Kinekor. For Esquire’s “Spring Style Special” I also couldn’t think, along with its editor-in-chief Alex Bilmes, of a better model and personality than Derek Zoolander to appear on this cover! Bilmes’ funny and tongue-in-cheek article about the brainstorm that happened and reasons for choosing Mr Zoolander are hysterical. And if you want to read the exclusive interview with Ben Stiller, sashay over here.


That’s (Beijing), February 2016

I never knew there was so much (or, actually, so little) happening in the love lives of the Chinese! CoverJunkie writes that the issue features “the underside of marriage and love in modern China — the men abandoned by their Vietnamese brides, the gay couples using a new app to set up sham marriages (to keep the parents happy) and a look at the lives of some of China’s 200 million singles.” It seems like the “Lonely Hearts Club”, indeed…


The Washington Post Magazine, 7 February 2016

Wondering who’s yap, trap and fly trap this could be…? The one and only, Mr Trump. Even though Donald Trump might go “off script” almost permanently, The Washington Post Magazine is ‘on point’ with the picture selection, crop and general strength of the final cover.


Web Designer, Issue 244

Every time I think I’ve seen all possible ways of illustrating something as repetitious as “Hot 100” as a cover theme, some bright spark comes along with an explosive idea!



House and Leisure, Before and After 2016 issue

Even though the House and Leisure Before and After split covers are rather busy with all the little graphics and icons, no one can say that it doesn’t jump right off the shelf at you! Especially when both covers appear side by side, it can’t go unnoticed: Before, you were just strolling with your already-full shopping trolley past the magazine aisle, and After, you popped an issue into your trolley…


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MagLove by @MediaSlut is a regular slot featuring the best local and international magazine covers every week, recognising well thought-out, powerful and interesting (and hopefully all three-in-one) covers and celebrating the mix of pragmatism, creativity and personal taste that created each of them. The (for now anonymous) blogger behind MediaSlut knows way too much for his own good about media in South Africa, magazines in particular. His mission is to show when SA magazines fail but, most importantly, also when they succeed. If you’re looking for a library about SA magazines and news, this is your one-stop pitstop.

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MagLove: The best magazine covers this week (12 February 2015)


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