Lupita Nyong’o on Vogue, Seyi Shay on Y! Africa & more – SEE the top 10 magazine covers of 2014

by Doyin Jaiyesimi

2014 was the year things went up a notch in the magazine world in terms of creativity and well…nudity. We had covers that were jaw-dropping and those that ended up breaking the internet. Some made us cringe while others made us shake our heads in utter disbelief.  It was difficult to narrow this list to 10 but we just had to.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 covers that drew our attention this year.

Lupita vogue

1. Lupita Nyong’o on Vogue

It’s not every day that you see a relatively new black actress featured on the cover of Vogue magazine. Lupita successfully won over Anna Wintour and the end result was outstanding. The beauty of this cover lies in its simplicity.

2. Eku Edewor’s sparkling Blanck cover

Blanck officially launched in January with Eku Edewor on the cover and it has a hit on arrival. The creative direction was excellent. And what about that stunning necklace? It’s one of the highlights of the cover.

Seyi Shay Y! Africa

3. Seyi Shay brings sultry back on Y! Africa

We don’t need to say too much about this cover; it speaks for itself. Seyi Shay pulled off the sultry look perfectly. Everything works on this cover.

4. Beyonce’s daring GQ cover

Anything that has to do with Queen Bey always makes news. We love this cover because Beyonce didn’t try too hard to be sexy. It was effortless, like she literally woke up looking like that.

George Clooney people

5. People magazine featuring George and Amal Clooney

This is the ultimate power couple cover of 2014. George Clooney finally gets hitched and he does it in grand style. Amal steals the show on this cover, looking every inch like a princess.

6. Bonang Matheba is flirty and stylish on Zen Magazine cover

We love this Zen magazine cover. Bonang brings life to this cover and that two-toned orange dress definitely grabs our attention.

Kim Vogue

7. Kim finally gets a Vogue cover

2014 was definitely Kim Kardashian’s year. From her second fairy tale wedding to her cover on Vogue magazine; a first for the reality star. The cover itself isn’t that spectacular. We did expect more but it did drive Kin’s rating up several levels.

8. Genevieve Magazine features Tara Fela-Durotoye on a stunning cover

It was hard to choose our best cover from Genevieve Magazine. They had many cover this year that made heads turn. This cover with Tara Fela-Durotoye stands out amongst them all. The cover is refreshing and Tara’s beauty radiates all over.

9. Yvonne Nelson on Y! Africa

Is this cover sexy or what? We’ve seen many magazine covers with Yvonne Nelson in a bikini and let’s be honest; we were already getting tired of seeing her in a bikini. This cover got us interested in Yvonne Nelson once again. She totally nails it.


10. Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine cover

This list will be incomplete without Kim Kardashian’s balancing act on Paper magazine cover. She set out to break the internet and she sure accomplished her mission. Hate it or love it, this cover had millions of tongues wagging.

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