New York magazine turns 50: See 10 of its most memorable celebrity covers

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New York magazine is celebrating 50 years of groundbreaking work.

The iconic publication released its first issue in April of 1968 and has since featured some of the world's most recognizable, loathed, loved and controversial faces on its covers through the years.

From coining the term "Brat Pack" in the '80s to chronicling the rise of stars like Madonna and Blondie and Lena Dunham and checking back in with household names like David Letterman and Macaulay Culkin, New York has a long-standing history of illuminating pop culture coverage.

And with that coverage, the publication has delivered some genuinely iconic covers to boot. In the gallery below, see 10 of the most memorable celebrity covers in New York's storied 50-year history.

New York Magazine's most iconic celebrity covers
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New York Magazine's most iconic celebrity covers

Brat Pack | June 10, 1985

(Credit: Daniel Maffia)

Madonna | September 14, 1991

(Credit: Kate Simon)

Candice Bergen | October 24, 1977

(Credit: Bill Cadge)

Lady Gaga | April 5, 2010

(Credit: Splash News, inset photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images)

Macaulay Culkin | May 7, 2001

(Credit: ©Frank W. Ockenfels 3/CPi Syndication)

Michael Douglas | May 20, 2013

(Credit: Martin Schoeller)

Serena Williams | August 10-23, 2015

(Credit: Norman Jean Roy)

David Letterman | March 6 - 19, 2017

(Credit: Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos)

Jay Z | March 24 - April 6, 2014 (photo from 1997)

(Credit: Edwin "Phade" Sacasa)

Lena Dunham | April 2, 2012

(Credit: Autumn de Wilde)


In honor of its 50-year anniversary, New York published Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 years of New York. Order it here.

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