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RIP L’Uomo Vogue: A Look Back at Its Most Epic Covers, From Brad Pitt to Zayn Malik

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Courtesy of L’Uomo Vogue

L’Uomo Vogue, the equally legendary men’s version of Vogue Italia, launched in 1967, but the glossy—along with the rest of Italian Vogue‘s sister publications—will be unfortunately coming to the end of its run starting in December. That’s hardly a surprise, given the tragedy that was the passing of Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia‘s beloved editor-in-chief. But like Sozzani, who was a master of eye-catching (and boundary-breaking) imagery, L’Uomo Vogue is also leaving behind a striking visual legacy, from its often fleshy inside spreads to its ever star-studded covers, which over the years have been graced by everyone from Madonna, Keith Richards, a hirsute David Bowie, an ever willowy Prince all the way to modern-day musicians like Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik. The publication also had a knack for being ahead of its time: It gave Kim Kardashian the spotlight back in 2012, and tapped Steven Meisel to shoot Brad Pitt back in the ’90s—before the actor reappeared, all Troy-ed up, in 2004, complete with bleach blonde locks and beefy thighs. Take a look back those covers, plus Nelson Mandela shot by Anton Corbijn, and Justin Timberlake just hangin’ in the kitchen in a fedora, here.

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Brad Pitt, May 2004.

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Cindy Sherman, May 2009.

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Justin Timberlake shot by Steven Klein, November 2002.

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Kim Kardashian, July 2012.

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Madonna, November 2005.

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Zayn Malik, February 2016.

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Prince, September 2004.

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Usher, January 2011.

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David Bowie, December 2000.

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Kate Moss, October 2001.

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Zaha Hadid, April 2016.

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Nelson Mandela by Anton Corbijn, November 2008.

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Justin Bieber, August 2015.

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Anthony Kiedis, November 2003.

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Brad Pitt by Steven Meisel, December 1997.

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Daniel Day-Lewis, May 1998.

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Iggy Pop, December 2011.

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Michael Jackson by Bruce Weber, October 2007.

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Stella and Julian Schnabel, July/August 2007.

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Al Pacino, May 2008.

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Josh Harnett, March 2001.

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Madonna by Tom Munro, May 2014.

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Sean Penn by Bruce Weber, December 1999.

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Daft Punk, July 2013.

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Brooklyn Beckham, July 2016.

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Keith Richards, January 2009.

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Joaquin Phoenix by Steven Meisel, April 2001.

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Michael Pitt, May 2002.

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Pedro Almodóvar, April 2017.

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Sam Shepard, September 2006.

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Ryan Phillippe, April 1999.

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Duran Duran, April 2011.