Hillary Clinton lands her 16th People magazine cover

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This week's People magazine features Hillary Clinton on its cover. This is not the first time that has happened. In fact, this issue marks the 16th time that Clinton has been on that cover in some form or another. That's a figure that beats even her husband, who was at one time president of the these United States. Bill has appeared on the cover 11 times.

We took a skim of the People cover archives to see how often the various members of the Clinton family made it onto the cover. And so:

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Some of these covers included one or more Clintons simultaneously, like the very first time the Clintons appeared on the cover, which you can see at left. That ran in July of 1992, just as Bill was gearing up to run against then-president George H. W. Bush. (They're all terrifyingly young.)

It was the beginning of a brief flurry of covers for the family. People isn't Time, of course, so the sorts of things that earned the Clintons a cover weren't always politics-related. We divvied up the appearances into three categories: blurbs (little mentions with a picture as with Princess Di above), group appearances (like in the "most facinating people" collection), and solo features.


The last time Hillary was on the cover was in 2000, when she won election to the Senate. Hillary's had higher quality covers than other Clintons, too, being more likely to get a full solo feature, in classic First Lady tradition. Here's the first time she made a cover by herself, from January 1993. (She was also on the cover in November 1992, with Tipper Gore.)

Chelsea didn't get her first solo cover without another family member until 2010, when she got married.

(She and her mother appeared on a cover in February 1999 pegged to the Lewinsky scandal, titled, "Grace Under Fire." It was poorly received.)

And Bill? Well, his first People cover without any other Clintons was a bit more ignominious.

Philip Bump writes about politics for The Fix. He previously wrote for The Wire, the news blog of The Atlantic magazine. He has contributed to The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Daily, and the Huffington Post. Philip is based in New York City.
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