Star Spangled Magazine Covers

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Xah Lee, 2004-06, 2010-08-07

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. Possibly UK in some degree too.

Paper magazine cover

〈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.)

rolling stone 2001

2001-09-11 issue of Rolling Stone, showing a US flag brooch. Brooch is just called pin in US, and is a American thing.

vogue 200109 britney

Brat Britney Spears on Vogue.

See also: Baby One More Time.

Lisa Marie gear

Actress Lisa Marie (b1968) on Gear.


Jaime Bergman (b1975), Playboy's Playmate, January 1999, on the cover of Gear magazine, semi-baring her breast in a tattered shirt of US Flag imprint.

sara jessica parker tv-guide

Sex in the City queen Sarah Jessica Parker (b1965).

smack down 200507

Fitness model Torrie Wilson (b1975) 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.

Christian war monger George W Bush versus presidential candidate John Kerry on Time magazine, 2004-10-18, cover illustration by Daniel Adel.

jessica simpson GQ 200507

Pop songstress Jessica Simpson (b1980) 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”.

Bruce springsteen rolling stone

Bruce Springsteen on Rolling Stone. The date of this cover may be one of 1985-10-10, 1986-02-27, 1987-02-26. See also Born in the USA lyrics.

hu magazine issue2002-07-00

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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