10 Gender-Bending Magazine Covers, 1895-Present

In his latest wonderful stunt, James Franco — who, despite being avowedly hetero, famously loves to play gay and is a student of queer theory — has shown up in full, Fellini heroine drag on the cover of the transgender fashion magazine Candy. On the heels of Lady Gaga’s (sorry — “Jo Calderone’s”) transformation for the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan over the summer, it’s tempting to think these gender-bending photo shoots have set a new trend.

But there’s nothing new about drag magazine covers. In fact, we found examples involving everyone from k.d. lang to Richard Nixon to Gary Cooper, with the oldest dating back to the 19th century. Check out our 10 favorites after the jump.

James Franco, Candy (Fall Winter 2010/2011). Photographer: Terry Richardson