Star Spangled Magazine Covers

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Every so often you'll find the stars'n'stripes theme in various forms in American magazines: music mags, women's mags, photo mags, fashion mags, and political mags. Americans love it. In these mags, there are also abnormal frequency of the word America or American: American Fashion, Sex in America, America's sweetheart; while hardly ever other country or continent's name. For the average American, America = the world, and that's how Americans like it, and the capitalistic consummeristic America sells by it.

Does other country's magazines frequently cite their own country this or that? I think it's uniquely US phenomenon.

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Supermodel Gisele Bündchen on American political mag George, 2000-06.

For detail and more photos, see: Gisele Bundchen in US Flag Swimwear.

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Sara Jessica Parker on Bazaar cover, 2001-02.
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〈Paper〉 magazine, showing a pretty girl (Ivana Miličević?) clad in red-white striped sundress with a button-pin of peace-sign on flag. (notable is her runway chest. US magazines usually sport chesty women.)
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2001-09-11 issue of Rolling Stone, showing a US flag brooch. Brooch is just called pin in US, and is a American thing.
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Brat Britney Spears on Vogue
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Actress Lisa Marie (born 1968) on Gear.
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Jaime Bergman (born 1975), Playboy's Playmate, January 1999, on the cover of Gear magazine, semi-baring her breast in a tattered shirt of US Flag imprint.
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Sex in the City queen Sarah Jessica Parker (born 1965).
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Fitness model Torrie Wilson (born 1975) on a wrestling magazine. “Made in America!” Her beautiful bare butt makes friend with a US flag. Note that care has been taken so that she doesn't actually sit on it.
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Christian war monger George W Bush versus presidential candidate John Kerry on Time magazine, 2004-10-18, cover illustration by Daniel Adel.
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Pop songstress Jessica Simpson (born 1980) on GQ magazine, 2005-07. Note the tag line: GOD, THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY and “Jessica Simpson and 75 Other Reasons To Love America”.
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Bruce Springsteen on Rolling Stone. The date of this cover may be one of 1985-10-10, 1986-02-27, 1987-02-26.
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Hustler magazine cover, 2002-07.

See also: Hustler's Flag Porn.

It is my guess that every American pop magazine has a flag-adorned cover once or more. The ones shown in this page are just the tip of a iceberg. If you spotted one, please let me know!

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2004-06