Katy Perry Will Be Cosmo’s First Global Cover Girl

By Courtney E. Smith

Today (May 28), Cosmopolitan magazine announced that Katy Perry will be its first global cover girl. The issue hits news stands on June 3 and will feature different cover photos for magazines spanning across 62 editions of Cosmopolitan, including the U.S. flagship mag.

“Katy’s music and attitude have universal appeal to young women everywhere,” said Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan.  “She crosses all cultural boundaries. Her music is soulful and empowering in equal measure.  She’s the first Cosmo global icon.”

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Hearst Magazines, the corporate owner of Cosmopolitan, have toyed with the concept of global concept previously in their Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In October of 2012, Harper’s named Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue France and muse to Tom Ford, its global fashion director. In her role, Roitfeld creates global fashion spreads that run across all 26 international editions of Harper’s for multiple issues a year.


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(Matt Jones for Cosmopolitan)

In a New Year’s letter from Hearst President David Carey to his staff, he noted, “[2013] was a pivotal year for the U.S. edition of Cosmopolitan, our biggest franchise, which reaffirmed its role as the country’s most powerful voice for young women. Leaders in the worlds of media, entertainment and politics are taking note: Many of America’s most influential women, from lawmakers to media moguls to movie stars, turned out in December for the annual ‘Cosmo 100’ lunch; Cosmo’s editors have been frequent guests at the White House to discuss women’s issues; and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg guest edits a twice-yearly careers supplement.”

Below is the cover shot for Lithuania and the Ukraine, featuring Perry.


(Matt Jones for Cosmopolitan)


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