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Cast Your Vote for the Best British Magazine Cover of All Time


Will beauty beat the beast, as Kate Moss and the Daleks go head-to-head? Or is the real battle between Diana and Mrs T (aka Vivienne Westwood) to be ‘Queen of the Covers’? The best of British magazines will be fighting it out over the next few weeks as people across the country are being invited to vote for their all-time favourite magazine front cover.

Warwickshire, United Kingdom, August 09, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Will beauty beat the beast, as Kate Moss and the Daleks go head-to-head? Or is the real battle between Diana and Mrs T (aka Vivienne Westwood) to be ‘Queen of the Covers’? The best of British magazines will be fighting it out over the next few weeks as people across the country are being invited to vote for their all-time favourite magazine front cover.

‘The Great Cover Debate’, is the first-ever poll of front covers across all UK magazines. More than 40 nominations, spanning more than 100 years, were put forward by magazine editors. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 16 by a panel of judges.

Voting will take place at www.magazineweek.net with the results announced on 29 September, during ‘Magazine Week 2008’, which is being organised by the PPA.

The shortlist includes:

- The Patrick Demarchelier photograph of Diana published by Vogue magazine following her death in 1997;
- The first-ever issue of The Face, from 1980;
- Vivienne Westwood dressed to look like Margaret Thatcher on the cover of Tatler;
- Posh and Beck’s wedding on the cover of OK magazine;
- Iconic cover images from the late ‘60s from Oz and Nova magazines.

In total, of 16 covers, there are two from the 1960s; one from the 1970s; two from the 1980s; six from the 1990s, and five from the 2000s.

Celebrities are well represented within the shortlist. Posh is featured on two nominated covers; while Diana, David Beckham, Kate Moss, Liam Gallagher, Patsy Kensit and a nude Beth Ditto, and Kevin Keegan, are each on one cover a piece.

According to Nicola Rowe of the PPA: “We wanted to find covers that in some way summed up an era or broke the mould, and these 16 are outstanding.”

As judge Jim Douglas, a Board Director at Future Publishing says: “Selecting the shortlist was a real challenge, with lots of very, very good covers sadly not making the cut, but I think we’ve arrived at a representative spread of the best aspects of British magazine work. The usual suspects are here, but there are some surprises too...”

Running alongside the Great Covers Debate will be a poll to find the most popular Cover Girl and Boy of recent years. Diana appears again, alongside Posh, Jordan and Abi Titmuss among the featured girls, while David Beckham, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are among those battling it out for the boys.

Proving perhaps that politicians are getting sexier, both David Cameron and Tony Blair made it to the long list for the boys, but neither made the final cut.

Top 16 British Magazine Covers:

Vanity Fair, Cool Britannia, 1997 - Condé Nast
Vogue, Diana, 1997 - Condé Nast
Vogue, Kate Moss, Dec 2001 - Condé Nast
Tatler, April 1989 - Condé Nast
Take a Break, 1997 - H Bauer Publishing
Empire, breathing Darth Vadar, 2005 - Bauer Consumer Media
Heat, April 2006 - Bauer Consumer Media
Radio Times, Vote Dalek, 2005 – BBC Magazines
Loaded, Kevin Keegan, 1996 – IPC Media
NME, nude Beth Ditto, 2007 – IPC Media
OK Posh & Becks wedding, 1999 – Northern & Shell
Nova, 1968 – publication ceased
Oz, 1967 first issue – publication ceased
Private Eye, Tony Blair, 1999 – Private Eye
First issue of The Face, 1980 – publication ceased
Time Out, Nov 29 1974 – Time Out

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