Personally, I think this cover’s pretty cool. Artistic nudes in general just fascinate me in general, probably because I’ve done them a lot as a model. They’re very fun to do, and they usually show off the beauty of the human body. Any human body at all…
So excuse me if I’m not exactly thrilled that these covers were banned in one way or another. They’re art in my eyes! But a lot of people were offended by these covers (the first was covered up unceremoniously at a New York newsstand, and the latter was deemed “inappropriate” by customers in Tucson, Arizona), probably for different individual reasons.
This story actually comes on the coattails of a bigger story: The latest cover of the magazine Dazed and Confused has officially been banned in seven countries due to its cover, featuring the rapper Azaelia Banks smoking a condom like a cigar (sorry, I couldn’t find an image). To me, the banning is interesting because DaC is a fashion magazine — probably the kind that you would probably expect to have the most cutting-edge, risqué cover in the aisle. If the covers from these kinds of magazines are banned, how much freedom does the entire industry really have?
What do you think of these covers? Do you think they’re offensive, artistic, or that it’s all just a matter of taste?