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The 5 Most Controversial Vogue Images Ever Published

When we tracked down the most hotly debated magazine editorials, it seems a certain Condé Nast publication rules the roster when it comes to questionable imagery. With the amount of controversy which regularly surrounds Vogue magazine, it’s only a waiting game to see what’s next in the firing line. Below, we reveal the five most controversial Vogue covers in recent history.

#5: Vogue Italia March 2014 Featuring Saskia de Brauw By Steven Meisel

Controversial Vogue Images


Never one to steer away from controversial subjects, Vogue Italia found itself in hot water with its March 2014 cover story. Steven Meisel photographed Dutch model Saskia de Brauw with an evident blackface concept. Posing alongside stuffed African animals and wearing tribal prints only contributed to the mass of negativity which surrounded the magazine’s questionable actions. See all of Meisel’s portfolio here.