Magazine editors have always tried to grab people’s attention with catchy covers – it’s often the reason people decide to buy their publication. Usually, a bit of gloss and a well-dressed model will do the trick. Sometimes, though, editors push the boundaries, printing images that go that little bit too far. So what makes a magazine cover controversial? We had a little ponder and have found five of the most provocative magazine covers to date, following the Azealia Banks debacle…

Azealia Banks smokes a condom

The recent Dazed and Confused cover of Azealia Banks smoking a condom like a cigar was so contentious it was banned in seven countries before it was even published. That women with condoms could cause such a stir became the main talking point, and many people were outraged just by the fact the cover was banned. For Dazed and Confused, the whole thing was great marketing and it certainly got people talking about the magazine.