NEW YORK — Think you’ve gotten tired of the same six faces on the covers of the weekly tabloids? Well, guess what: they’ve taken over the monthlies, too.
In the third installment of WWD’s recurring media feature, we look at the women who dominated newsstands in 2005. (The totals below are based on the major women’s monthlies and teen magazines, and the two men’s magazines that have the most crossover with them, Esquire and GQ.)
So who grabbed the most monthly magazine covers this year? Former teen queen Lindsay Lohan was on a major monthly every single month through August, except for May. Her total was seven, including Elle and W, making her the Jessica Simpson of 2005. (Simpson had eight covers last year.)
Few women over the age of 30 made this year’s list — but no one can claim it’s because women who have left their 20s behind can no longer do teen magazines. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, both on the list, were on the covers of Seventeen and Cosmogirl, respectively, this year. One who didn’t make the cut was Jennifer Aniston, who avoided doing magazine interviews until the end of 2005 and had only three covers, the same number as model Kate Moss.
As for the trend toward giving covers to people who are simply famous for being famous, it might turn out to be a smart move for the monthlies. Teen Vogue’s bestseller of the year was Nicole Richie, according to a spokeswoman for the magazine.
SEVEN COVERS IN 2005
Lindsay Lohan (Jane, Cosmogirl, Ellegirl, W, Elle, Teen Vogue, Teen People). Last year: two.
Jessica Alba (Cosmopolitan, GQ, Self, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Jane). Last year: none.
Mischa Barton (Marie Claire, Teen People, Allure, Glamour, Cosmogirl, Ellegirl). Last year: six.
Jessica Simpson (Cosmogirl, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, Elle, Seventeen, Teen People). Last year: eight.
Hilary Duff (Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Ellegirl, Jane, Cosmogirl). Last year: five.
Scarlett Johansson (Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Esquire, Allure, Cosmopolitan). Last year: two.
Jennifer Lopez (Vogue, Cosmogirl, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour). Last year: two.
Ashlee Simpson (Allure, Cosmopolitan, Teen People, Cosmogirl, Teen People). Last year: one.
Rachel Bilson (Ellegirl, Teen Vogue, Lucky, Ellegirl). Last year: one.
Cameron Diaz (Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Seventeen). Last year: one.
Paris Hilton (Jane, Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Shop Etc.). Last year: one.
Keira Knightley (Elle, Esquire, Marie Claire, Vogue). Last year: two.
Nicole Richie (Cosmogirl, Teen Vogue, Jane, Seventeen). Last year: none.