Nicki's Minaj à trois was the latest magazine cover to get everyone talking, but peep through a history of titillating shots that broke the Internet and those that did so before the Internet was invented
The latest magazine cover to break the Internet imagines a sexy ménage à trois with Nicki Minaj, Nicki Minaj and Nicki Minaj.
Christina Aguilera on 'Maxim' (2003)
Rihanna on 'Lui Mag' (2014)
Rihanna cemented her status as the ultimate IDGAF idol with this cover.
5 Seconds of Summer for 'Rolling Stone' (2016)
Continuing in the footsteps of fellow pop-punk acts that have also stripped for the camera—Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, etc—5 Seconds of Summer declared themselves the biggest band in the world with this badass cover.
Martin Schoeller for Rolling Stone
Kim Kardashian on 'Paper' (2014)
Despite "Break the Internet" being an annual tagline for Paper magazine for years, the phrase was officially inducted into the pop-culture vocabulary when Kim flashed her goods on their 2014 cover.
Miley Cyrus on Vanity Fair (2009)
Many thought the Vanity Fair shot of a then-15-year-old Miley was way too racy and suggestive for a Disney Channel darling. (Little did they know what would come in the future, though)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono for 'Rolling Stone' (1980)
An iconic cover that would eventually be remembered for much more than a naked Beatle.
Britney Spears on 'Rolling Stone' (1999)
Not that innocent? Britney became a bedroom fantasy with this controversial Rolling Stone cover taken when she was a teenager.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for 'L'Officiel Hommes' (2013)
Years before Kim would break the Internet with her derriere, she and 'Ye would make the world collectively blush with this naked photo where many wondered just what they were really doing.
Nick Knight for 'L'Officiel Hommes'
Dixie Chicks on 'Entertainment Weekly' (2003)
Responding directly to the controversy their biting critiques of then-president George W. Bush caused, the Dixie Chicks became country's most badass group with this groundbreaking cover.
Justin Timberlake for 'Rolling Stone' (2003)
JT officially stripped his boy-band beginnings away with this shirtless cover.
Geri Halliwell in 'Playboy' (1998)
Nothing marked the end of an era than when Ginger Spice appeared on the cover of Playboy.
Janet Jackson for 'Rolling Stone' (1993)
Ms. Janet fully embraced the "pleasure principle" for this titillating RS cover. There are still theories about whose hands they are.
Rihanna on 'Rolling Stone' (2011)
While her vibrant red hair first caught your attention, Rih's spraypainted on booty shorts kept you staring.
Demi Moore on 'Vanity Fair' (1991)
Before pregnancy covers were a commonplace part of the magazine landscape, Ms. Moore showed the beauty of pregnancy with this gorgeous nude cover.