22 Good, Bad and Weird Hillary Clinton Magazine Covers Through the Years

The Internet is in a hubbub today over the New York Times Magazine's new Hillary Clinton cover. Reactions to the "Planet Hillary" cover have been mixed — is it hilarious? Sexist? Artistic? All of that is up for debate, but the one thing it seems everyone can agree on is that the cover is ... atypical. Bizarre. Out there, to use a bad planetary pun. 

And this is the second time this January that Hillary covers have made headlines independent of the articles they're attached to. Last week, the cover of Time magazine featured a giant, pant-suited woman in sensible heels squashing a Lilliputian man, alongside the headline "Can Anyone Stop Hillary?" 

Ms. Clinton has long been a divisive figure (remember how mad the mom from My So-Called Life got when her husband said her short haircut made her look like Hillary?). But once upon a time — i.e., before Clinton became "the most powerful woman in American history" — it seems Clinton got a little better treatment on magazine covers. Let's look back at the many faces of Hillary Clinton in the media over the years. 

Not-quite-yet First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the Sept. 14, 1992 edition of Time

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the May 10, 1993 cover of Time

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Time magazine’s “Hard Times for Hillary” cover, from March 21, 1994

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton looking strangely reminiscent of Madonna on the March 18, 1996 cover of Time magazine. 

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton and Liddy Dole on the July 1, 1996 cover of Time

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

A newly 50-year-old Hillary Clinton on the Oct. 20, 1997 cover of Time

Image: Time.com

First Lady Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the December 1998 cover of Vogue magazine. 

Image: Huffington Post

First Lady/Senatorial Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

An illustrated Hillary Clinton on the cover of the Oct. 30, 2000 edition of the New Yorker

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U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the June 16, 2003 cover of Time

Image: Time.com


U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton in an uncharacteristic amount of pink on the April 2004 cover of More magazine. 

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton Cover

A controversial Time cover from Aug. 28, 2006

Image: Time.com


2008 Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton gets a little bit of the Chairman Mao treatment on the Nov. 19, 2007 cover of Time magazine. 

Image: Time.com

2008 Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton looking presidential on the Jan. 21, 2008 cover of Newsweek magazine. 

Image: prnewswire.com

2008 Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the March 2008 cover of Newsweek

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the Nov. 16, 2009 cover of Time

Image: Time.com


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton, “bad cop,” on the May 3, 2010 cover of Newsweek

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

Hillary Clinton on the March 14, 2011 cover of Newsweek (the first issue of Newsweek with Tina Brown at the helm). 

Photo: Poynter.org

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

Time magazine’s Nov. 7, 2011 Hillary Clinton cover. 

Image: Diana Walker/Time.com

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

The Feb. 1, 2013 cover of Newsweek magazine. 

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Cover

The Sept. 30, 2013 cover of New York Magazine. This is my personal favorite of all the Hillary Clinton magazine covers. It’s so rare to see her portrayed as …. well, human. Nice work, New York

Image: nymag.com

2016 Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

Time magazine’s most recent Hillary Clinton cover, published Jan. 27, 2014. 

2016 Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton Cover

The Jan. 25, 2014 cover of the New York Times Magazine