MediaSlut (@MediaSlut)’s choice of the best international and South African magazine covers this week:

  • Esquire (Spain)
  • India Today
  • Nylon Guys (Indonesia)
  • Woolworths TASTE

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Esquire (Spain), September 2016

Esquire (Spain), September 2016: Nick Cave

Seeing someone flipping the bird on a cover doesn’t happen often… After researching, it appears that Esquire had an interview with actor, Nick Cave, about the new documentary he’s featured in, and where he talks for the first time about the “catastrophic death” of his 15-year-old son. The quote on the cover is from ex-president Dwight D Eisenhower, and it reads, “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”

To put things into context, here’s the documentary trailer:


India Today, 5 September 2016

India Today, 5 September 2016

It’s not the best cover image, or overall cover, but the story behind it is captured brilliantly through the display of a simple handprint on the face of Pakistan’s army chief! This could easily work with some of our politicians on the cover, too, especially after the recent municipal elections… Read more about the story behind the story.


Nylon Guys (Indonesia), Art Issue

Nylon Guys (Indonesia), Art Issue: Gamaliel Tapiheru

The other day I spotted the amazingly creative work of Brazilian artist, Lucas Levitan, where he ‘invades’ other people’s Instagram pictures and adds his own creations. It’s incredible, and you have to see it for yourself. The Art Issue of Nylon Guys reminded me of his artistic creativity, and definitely put a smile on my face!


Woolworths TASTE, September 2016

Woolworths TASTE, September 2016

Wow, wow, wow! Great work on the subtle, yet highly effective, burning logo! It’s not only relevant (as it’s the annual Braai Issue), but also adds to the overall deliciousness of the cover. Here’s the recipe.


WIRED, September 2016

WIRED, September 2016: Mike Colter

The publishing of magazines is still very much alive, and constantly changing! I find it great and exciting that a small effect and change in layout can come across as so refreshing! It does, of course, help that cover guy, Mike Colter, is such a cool guy, and making waves in the new Netflix series, Luke Cage. Cage is “one of Marvel’s first African American superheroes”; read the full interview or watch the trailer below.


MediaSlutMagLove by @MediaSlut is a regular slot featuring the best local and international magazine covers every week, recognising well thought-out, powerful and interesting (and hopefully all three-in-one) covers and celebrating the mix of pragmatism, creativity and personal taste that created each of them. The anonymous (for now) blogger behind MediaSlut knows way too much for his own good about media in South Africa, magazines in particular. His mission is to show when SA magazines fail but, most importantly, also when they succeed. If you’re looking for a library about SA magazines and news, this is your one-stop pitstop.

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