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Is Rolling Stone Pushing Racier Covers?

There's been more skin on the magazine's covers in the first half of 2014 than there was in all of 2013.

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In less than a month, Rolling Stone has published two "naked" covers.

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Rolling Stone

In March, the magazine featured a shirtless Justin Bieber on its cover with the headline "Bad Boy."

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That's three covers in the last six months where the model is at least half-nude.

Compare that to the entirety of 2013, which only featured a near-naked Miley Cyrus — and a semi shirtless Johnny Depp, if you wanted to be prude about it.

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

And 2012 only featured the perpetually shirtless Rick Ross.

Similarly, 2011's only semi-naked cover model was rapper Lil Wayne.
Rolling Stone

Similarly, 2011's only semi-naked cover model was rapper Lil Wayne.

Perhaps these covers are a return the state of things in 2010, the magazine's most shirtless year by a wide margin.

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone declined to comment for this story.

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