13 Celebrities’ First W Covers vs Their Most Recent
W has been chronicling fashion and society since 1972 and—ever since a 1992 Nicole Kidman cover—we’ve been putting celebrities front and center, as well. Quite often, W is a future star’s first major cover—the magazine has a long track record of spotting talent early—and even when this hasn’t been the case, famous faces have often appeared as you’ve never seen them before. Maybe that’s why so many big names have agreed to appear on our pages again and again. So, with plenty of time on our hands at the moment, we tracked down the debut W covers of some of our favorite pop culture icons and compared them with their most recent appearances. Sometimes, not much has changed (Brad Pitt: still smoldering after 23 years) while other transformations are illuminating (Rihanna went from pop starlet to diamond crowned queen in less than a decade).