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A look back at Glamour's iconic cover girls

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When Glamour first launched as Glamour of Hollywood back in 1939, publishers didn't expect it to become the enormous lifestyle cornerstone as it is now. Even as print media continues to decline, Glamour still has nearly three million paid subscribers in the United States, and it has local publications around the world in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Greece, Poland, South Africa, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Mexico.

While Glamour magazine tackles your typical women's lifestyle topics, like relationships and beauty, it also looks to be a champion of women's empowerment, recognizing female activists and women in the public eye with the Woman of the Year award each autumn.

Let's take a look back at some of the women who have graced the cover of Glamour in the last 79 years.

1

Ann Sheridan

April 1939

The first issue of Glamour featured actress and singer Ann Sheridan. This was right after she was voted the the actress with the most "oomph" in America.

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2

Mary Jane Russell

April 1955

One of the first models to gain fame solely for modeling (and those eyebrows), Russell had already covered Harper's Bazaar and Vogue before landing Glamour.

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3

Grace Kelly

June 1955

Kelly graced the cover of Glamour a mere year before she retired from acting and took up her new job as the Princess of Monaco.

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4

Jane Fonda

July 1959

Before Fonda ever made an appearance on the big screen, she paid the bills by doing stage productions and modeling.

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5

Nena von Schlebrügge

October 1959

Uma Thurman's mother was only 18 years old when she landed her fist cover of Glamour.

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6

Katiti Kironde

August 1968

Kironde was the first black woman to be on the cover of a major women's magazine.

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7

Mia Farrow

October 1968

Farrow was featured on the cover of Glamour rocking the pixie cut she made famous earlier that year in Rosemary's Baby.

8

Cybill Shepherd

April 1970

Shepherd's Glamour cover was actually what got the attention of The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich, which landed Shepherd her first big screen role.

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9

Cheryl Tiegs

December 1972

Tiegs landed on the cover of Glamour multiple times throughout her career, with her first arriving in 1972.

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10

Christie Brinkley

December 1977

Brinkley was still a newcomer to the modeling world, landing the cover of Glamour two years before she started her three-year stint as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl.

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11

Brooke Shields

January 1982

Shields already had a number of modeling and acting credits — including Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon — under her belt when she covered Glamour at the age of 16.

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12

Cindy Crawford

May 1987

Crawford moved to New York in 1986 and immediately started landing covers of magazines like Glamour, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue.

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13

Madonna

December 1990

Madonna's Glamour cover stint came a year after she shocked the country with her video for "Like a Prayer."

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14

Bridget Moynahan

October 1991

Moynahan covered Glamour six times in her career. This cover was eight years before her TV debut as Natasha on Sex and the City.

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