5 Models with the Most Vogue Magazine Covers

Vogue magazine began as a weekly newspaper in 1892, and since then it has become THE magazine for fashion. Models dream of being on the cover of Vogue, largely due to the instant recognition it draws. When Anna Wintour became editor-in-chief in 1988, she worked to bring a younger audience to the magazine, and she began this process by doing something different with the Vogue cover model. Wintour’s first edition featured Israeli supermodel, Michaela Bercu on the cover. Wintour chose to have Bercu’s torso showcased, rather than just her face as was done with previous covers. Showcasing Bercu’s whole body and outfit placed greater emphasis on female models as a whole. To this day, only five men have ever been on the cover of Vogue, and three of them were alongside female supermodels. Here are the five supermodels who have racked up the most Vogue covers. 

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Lauren Hutton – 26 Covers

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American supermodel Lauren Hutton first appeared on the cover of Vogue in the 1960s, and has since amassed a whopping 26 covers! Hutton was one of the most sought-after and highest-paid supermodels in the world. Her trademark is the small gap between her front teeth that set her apart from other models. Hutton has gone on to have a successful modeling and cosmetics career, as well.

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Karen Graham - 20 Covers

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Tied for second with the most Vogue magazine covers is supermodel Karen Graham. Graham was born in 1945 in Mississippi and began modeling in 1969 after a fateful meeting with modeling agency owner Eileen Ford. Her first Vogue cover was 1970, and by 1975 she had covered it 20 times. From 1970-1985, Graham had a lucrative contract with Estee Lauder. Not only was Graham a super successful model until her retirement from the industry in 1985, but she also owns and operates a successful fly-fishing business.

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Jean Shrimpton – 20 Covers

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Jean Shrimpton is widely regarded as one of the world’s first – and most iconic – supermodels. Born in England in 1942, Shrimpton began modeling in 1960 and has had an incredible modeling career since then. She was even included in Time magazine’s Top 100 influential fashion icons of all time. Along with other impressive jobs on her modeling resume, Shrimpton has covered Vogue magazine 20 times. Fun fact: Shrimpton is credited as being partly responsible for the launch of the “miniskirt,” which took the fashion world by storm in 1965 when she wore a dress that ended above her knee to an appearance in Melbourne. 

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Cindy Crawford – 18 Covers

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In 1995, Cindy Crawford was reported to be the highest-paid model in the world by Forbes magazine. Crawford, now 49, has been modeling since her sophomore year of high school, and her status as a model icon and international celebrity has steadily risen. Her career has included contracts with Pepsi, Maybelline, and Clairol, as well as 18 Vogue covers. One of the five men to ever be featured on the cover of Vogue is actor Richard Gere. Gere appeared alongside Crawford, his then-wife, on the cover in 1992. 

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Claudia Schiffer – 16 Covers

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Since beginning in the early 1990s, German supermodel Claudia Schiffer’s modeling career has been nothing but impressive, including her 16 Vogue covers. Schiffer was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to be the face of Chanel, and she has had numerous contracts with other luxury fashion brands. At 5’11”, Schiffer was a catwalk regular for most of her career. Now 45 and a mother of three, Schiffer still has a contract with L’Oreal and is actively involved in charity work with UNICEF.

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