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Heather Snowden

We thought Miley Cyrus couldn't raise eyebrows any further, but in a selection of cover shoots for this month's Candy magazine she near enough knocked them straight off your faces.

By 'yours' I mean the mainstream, because although we love Miley Cyrus for her liberated antics (which, we should remember usually have a social cause and these covers aren't an exception to that theme), she certainly has a knack for ruffling feathers.

My colleague Ben Turner wrote an excellent article earlier this week on the various potential meanings behind each outlandish cover image, a selection which features Miley sucking on a police truncheon and wearing a leotard with the slogan, 'My Pussy My Choice.'

Of course, Miley's Candy cover isn't the first magazine to cause controversy and conflict. In fact, she's on a long list of celebrities who've covered magazines that have sparked both outrage and debate. Take these eight, for example:

1. Caitlyn Jenner - Vanity Fair - July 2015

When Caitlyn Jenner announced her gender transition, she revealed her new identity to the world via this now iconic Vanity Fair cover, 'Call Me Caitlyn.' This issue prompted a huge dispute, mostly because of a Halloween costume mimicking the trans star's white-bodice outfit.

2. Kim Kardashian - Paper - Winter 2014

Kim Kardashian's booty certainly broke the Internet with this cover, as it became one of the most parodied magazine shoots in history.

3. Gisele & LeBron - Vogue - April 2008

This Vogue cover became the subject of heated debate surrounding race relations thanks to its awkward resemblance to King Kong.

4. Demi Moore - Vanity Fair - August 1991

A pregnant Demi Moore posing naked on the cover of Vanity Fair was considered so indecent it was displayed for sale behind brown paper.

5. Kanye West - Rolling Stone - February 2006

Everyone knows Kanye West has a rather high perception of himself, but he took it to another level following his 'Jesus Walks' track as he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing a crown of thorns, seemingly depicting the Messiah.

6. Azealia Banks - Dazed & Confused - September 2012

Ms. Banks blowing on a condom for this cover caused so much controversy it was banned in seven countries.

7. Britney Spears - Rolling Stone - March 1999

Britney Spears was only 17 when this cover was shot, so naturally many were outraged by its adult theme.

8. Lindsay Lohan - Purple Magazine - Spring/Summer 2010

As Kanye proved, depicting religion is a surefire way to create a controversial image, and Lindsay Lohan being crucified on the cover of Purple, at the height of her media frenzy in 2010, did just that.

Source: Popcrush, Stylist, Perez Hilton


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