Cut Covers

The celebrities and power brokers featured on the covers of the Cut are cultivating forward-thinking conversations about the issues that matter to you most. Choosing our cover stars is a responsibility we take incredibly seriously. Every time, we ask ourselves, How we can make our point of view more inclusive? How do we decide equitably who is “cool” or “worthy” or “important” to feature on a cover? Keep reading for the answers.

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Kacey Musgraves Comes Down to Earth

The “Space Cowboy” singer got divorced, rebounded, quit weed — and she’s never felt so grounded.

Past Cut Covers

  1. Paloma Elsesser on the Price of Being ‘First’I made modeling history. Then the internet made me wish I hadn’t.
  2. Greta Lee Is Getting Used to ThisTwenty years into her career, she got her first starring role in Past Lives. Now she’s all over red carpets and on best-dressed lists.
  3. Julianne Moore’s Dangerous HousewivesThe actress doesn’t believe it’s possible to know yourself. That’s why her best characters are searching for an answer.
  4. No One Sounds Like TemsThe Nigerian singer-songwriter mesmerized music’s biggest names with a handful of songs. That was just the beginning.
  5. The Joy of Being Alicia KeysTwenty years after her debut and with a new musical out loosely based on her life, the singer finally learns to take it easy.
  6. Dylan Mulvaney’s Girlhood, InterruptedShe never expected to be attacked by the right-wing ghoul squad for just being so delightfully herself. She’s ready to make the most of it.
  7. A Four-Hour Phone Call With Erykah BaduShe’s a Fashion Week standout who rejects the notion that clothes should define you.
  8. Yung Miami Is an Open Book“I am who I am. I don’t like anyone talking for me.”
  9. Into the DollhouseAmerica Ferrera taught a generation of women to reject traditional beauty standards. So what’s she doing in the Barbie movie?
  10. Keke Palmer Is the Internet’s SweetheartBut the multi-hyphenate is more than just the Queen of Meme.
  11. Savannah James, MVPThe matriarch of the James clan has always been the one calling the shots.
  12. Reintroducing Ali WongHer next phase includes dipping into dramatic roles on TV and testing the dating-app waters.
  13. Lucy Liu Is the Least-Bothered Person You Know“I’m sure there are tons of people who don’t like my work or my career or me. I’m not here to change somebody’s mind.”
  14. Nia Long Is Doing Just Fine, Thanks for AskingThe ’90s icon has always lived a life in the public eye but lately has been hypervisible. Now, finally, she’s ready to have fun.
  15. The Hustle of Women in Hip-HopEditor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples on launching the celebration of 50 years of women in hip-hop who’ve changed the game.
  16. Lourdes Leon Never Thought She’d Drop a RecordThe stakes are a little higher when your mother’s a pop icon.
  17. The Uncompromising Danai GuriraThe Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star is in pursuit of exactly what she wants.
  18. Emma Corrin, the Shape-shifterThe 26-year-old star of this fall’s My Policeman and Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been time-traveling.
  19. Stacey Abrams’s Last StandThe Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia talks about protecting abortion, preserving the franchise, and making history.
  20. The Pain and Glory of Cori BushIn less than two years, the congresswoman built a base of power in D.C. by wearing her hardships on her sleeve.
  21. The Power of a Fresh StartEditor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples on making the Cut’s September issue about more than fashion, and the unapologetic women and femmes we celebrate.
  22. Meghan of MontecitoShe’s left the Firm behind. Harry’s found a polo team in Santa Barbara. The kids are doing great. Now she’s ready for her own next act.
  23. Amandla, Amandla, AmandlaThe Bodies Bodies Bodies star is the Cut’s July-August 2022 cover star.
  24. Sophie Turner Comes Into Her OwnThe Staircase star talks to Jessica Chastain about growing up with the whole world watching.
  25. What’s Next for Tracee Ellis Ross? Everything.The actress talks with Megan Thee Stallion about the end of Black-ish, new beginnings, and their hot-girl plans.
  26. The Evolution of Zazie BeetzAs the resident adult-in-the-room on the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta, Beetz, who just turned 30, is looking for growth in other places.
  27. Evan Rachel Wood Faced Her FearThe actor was terrified to name Marilyn Manson as her alleged abuser, but doing so brought her unexpected freedom.
  28. Beanie Takes BroadwayBeanie Feldstein talks to Michaela Jaé Rodriguez about taking the stage in Funny Girl this spring, proving she’ll be exactly where she belongs.
  29. Kirsten Dunst Doesn’t Need Your OscarsThe actress is back in her biggest role yet — which isn’t a knock on her résumé. It’s a testament to her talent.
  30. Huma Abedin Is Ready to Tell You Who She IsThroughout a public career and an even more public marriage, the political confidante has remained an enigma, until now.
  31. This Is Cynthia Erivo’s DestinyThe multi-hyphenate powerhouse talks to Misty Copeland about dreaming big and making it all come true — over and over again.
  32. Behind the Cover: Sandra OhA look at the Schindler House, the modernist treasure where the Cut photographed the Killing Eve actress.
  33. Sandra Oh Is SpeakingThe acting great on entering the “mother chapter” of her career, challenging the unbelievable pressure of being a modern woman, and more.
  34. Where Would Food Be Without Padma Lakshmi?The food expert and author speaks with Sohla El-Waylly about this past year’s reckoning, double standards, and bringing inclusivity to the table.
  35. Andra Day and Angela Bassett on Black Joy and ResilienceIn conversation for the Cut’s April cover.
  36. Abby Phillip Asks the Right QuestionsMedia’s voice of sanity and clarity, in conversation with Gayle King.
  37. Behind the Cover: Sarah McBrideHow the Cut photographed and styled the Delaware politician in an 18th-century state capitol building.
  38. Sarah McBride’s NeighborhoodThe new Delaware state senator is making history in her hometown.
  39. Behind the Cover: Jordan FirstmanPhotographer Julian Klincewicz on capturing the Instagram comedian from all sides.
  40. The Cocky Prince of Quarantine ComedyJordan Firstman, Instagram’s premier impressionist, talks sex, drugs, and getting famous in social isolation.
  41. Behind the Cover: Mitra JouhariHow the Cut shot and styled the Three Busy Debras star in a 100-year-old house.
  42. Mitra Jouhari’s Airhead ActThe comedian is an overachieving perfectionist—but she loves playing the idiot.
  43. Behind the Cover: Ina GartenThe Barefoot Contessa is vibing in her gardens.
  44. Barefoot in QuarantineIna Garten has served up comfort and cocktails for decades. We need that more than ever.
  45. Behind the Cover: ChikaThe rapper making power moves.
  46. Chika Is for LoversBut even lovers have their limits.
  47. Behind the Cover: Chloë SevignyPhotographer Elizaveta Porodina staged an intimate photoshoot over Zoom.
  48. Chloë Sevigny in Her Lonely CityThe New York City actress on sexting, matcha, and how her life has changed as she’s about to become a mom.
  49. Behind the Cover: La’Darius MarshallCapturing the Cheer star’s sensitivity, strength, and power.
  50. Rah-Rah, BitchesLa’Darius Marshall is the real breakout star of Cheer.
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