The Evolution Of Women On The Cover Of Esquire Magazine

Have women always been “ornamental” on the cover of Esquire? We combed the archives to find out.

Esquire editor Alex Bilmes said the following on a panel at Advertising Week Europe:

“The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental. I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified.”

So we thought it’d be worth a stroll down memory lane to see how women have looked on the cover of the magazine since its inception in 1933. Here goes!

2. 1930’s

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6. 1940’s

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10. 1950’s

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19. 1960’s

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24. 1970’s

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31. 1980’s

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39. 1990’s

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53. 2000’s

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68. 2010’s

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