While people have been bemoaning for years that the September issues — and print magazines, in general — are becoming increasingly less influential, there’s still a thrill in seeing who makes the perennially covetable covers. (Plus, as a reader, it’s kind of awesome that magazines aren’t as ad-heavy as they once were, though fashion ads provide their own kind of entertainment/inspiration.) You probably know about Beyoncé’s Vogue cover, but there are actually a number of more impressive shots this month (along with a few dismal ones). Even more noteworthy is the fact that September brought serious diversity. Nicki Minaj, Ruth Negga, Aja Naomi King, Yara Shahidi, Constance Wu, Issa Rae and more got covers this month. It was also a good month for original supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford.
See all this and more in our roundup of the best and worst September 2018 magazine covers.