The September Issue: The Stars (Some Expected, Some Surprises) That Got the Big Covers

The September Issue: The Stars (Some Expected, Some Surprises) That Got the Big Covers

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Ah, the September issue. The mega-sized magazines hit newsstands in late summer; part of the mounting evidence that the days of worn-out denim cutoffs are going to soon be over. Editors think about their September issues all year long, knowing that this mag will usher in a slew of advertising dollars, and warrant an uptick in editorial pages to match.

One of the biggest challenges in planning the September issue? Deciding which buzzy star or model is going to grace the cover. September cover stars are the mag's unofficial ambassadors. So who did the editors want to help define their brand for both new and regular readers? Read on and see if you think they are matches made in heaven...

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Cara Delevingne is a budding actress, gorgeous model, and has a bacon tattoo on her foot (that alone is reason enough to like her). Her outgoing personality and offbeat sense of humor make her totally relatable, and ELLE's interview reveals some telling insight about the jokester's psyche.

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Last year, the universally loved Beyoncé graced the hallowed Vogue September issue cover, but they switched things up this year by giving 20-year-old Kendall Jenner her first Vogue cover. Her little sister Kylie makes an appearance in one of the spreads as well.

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New York Magazine

Any '80s kid worth their salt is a Winona Ryder fan, and seeing her on the cover of New York with a tastefully stripped-down aesthetic is almost too much to bear. Flip to the feature story to hear about her role in the breakout Netflix original, Stranger Things.

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The darling of the fashion industry, the always interesting Rihanna pushes the envelope in a searing post-apocalypse editorial. Warning: There is LOTS of face jewelry.

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Vanity Fair

Swedish awards-show sweetheart Alicia Vikander confirms her Hollywood cachet with a Mario Testino portrait and a profile by screenwriter Evgenia Peretz.

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Harper's Bazaar

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West. You can't get far without hearing their names, and this September, the controversial yet captivating couple has remained in the spotlight, on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. In the candid interview, Kim discusses the peculiar smell of cavities, among other gems.

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In a fitting move, beauty and wellness mogul Jessica Alba covers the September issue of Allure, in which she delves into her new role as a mold-breaking CEO.

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The insanely talented Uzo Aduba talks about being a Nigerian girl growing up in Boston, and her struggle to achieve success in the cutthroat TV industry.

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Gwen Stefani has been covering magazines since the '90s, but that doesn't mean she doesn't look any less gorgeous. Cosmo chats with her about Blake Shelton, so if you're more into relationship gossip than fashion news, it's a September issue you won't want to miss.

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