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

  • Playboy (US)
  • Sowetan S Mag
  • Taalgenoot
  • Time Out New York
  • Woolworths TASTE

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Playboy (US), July/August 2016

Playboy Magazine (US), July/August 2016

With Playboy not publishing full-on nude covers anymore, it has had to find different ways of teasing the reader. How clever to print the “The Freedom Issue” on the actual underwear! Definitely tasteful enough (by Playboy standards) not to have too many conservatives get their panties in a bunch…


Sowetan S Mag, 24 June 2016

Sowetan S Mag, 24 June 2016: launch cover

By looking at historical information, when a newspaper wants to cut costs, it first starts by looking at marketing and supplements, and cuts those. But, for the Sowetan newspaper, its brand-new quarterly lifestyle magazine definitely looks like an investment, and something it’s proud of sharing with its 1.6m readers (inserted only into the Sowetan’s coastal and Gauteng editions)! This newbie — a lifestyle and fashion magazine —looks sexy at first glance, with a very strong S to shout the name: S Mag.


Taalgenoot, Winter 2016

Taalgenoot, Winter 2016

Naked. Raw. Real. The Winter issue of Taalgenoot is editor Donnay Torr’s last issue, and she explains in her last ed’s letter the privilege of being able to capture actors and couple, Tinarie van Wyk-Loots and Erik Holm, for this issue and cover. Her letter reads:

“Ek het die voorreg gehad om een van Taalgenoot se mees weerlose — en waardevolle — voorbladfotosessies nóg by te woon met die skep van 2016 se winter-uitgawe. Erik Holm en Tinarie van Wyk-Loots het vir ’n middag lank hul unieke verhouding met ons gedeel. Die akteurspaartjie se vertroue in ons het ons nederig gelaat. Maar meer nog — hul liefde vir mekaar is ontsagwekkend. En in een van die mooiste foto’s van die dag het dié twee saam met ons een van Annie Leibovitz se mees ikoniese foto’s herskep: Dié van Yoko Ono en John Lennon saam, Lennon kaal en weerloos, kort voor sy dood. Die oud-Beatle was blykbaar op die dag van die fotosessie heel nukkerig, niks lus om saam te werk nie.

“Die foto was nie wat Leibovitz beplan het of wou neem nie — maar dit was die foto wat móés gebeur het. In ons weergawe is Erik geklee, beskermd, en Tinarie naak — en saam is hulle kuns. Ongelukkig sal jy nie die foto in Taalgenoot sien nie. Dis deel van die bitter, dáái.”

I absolutely admire Holm as an actor, as he is wheelchair-bound but doesn’t let that stand in his way of being one of the best stage and soapie actors, and together they make a mean team!

Buy the digital issue of Taalgenoot here.


Time Out New York, 22 June 2016

Time Out New York, 22 June 2016

A colourful star, symbolising the LGBT colours, for every life lost in the Orlando shooting… Simple. Beautiful.


Woolworths TASTE, July 2016

Woolworths TASTE, July 2016

We’ve become so accustomed to food magazine covers being styled to death, almost turning into a still life. So it’s a breath of fresh air when we see some movement on a cover, like we’re seeing here on the latest edition of TASTE — it adds another layer of sensation! Want to make the Pavlova on the cover? Here you go…


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