President-elect Donald Trump topped Time’s list. Ryan Reynolds was anointed Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly. And Madonna came out of nowhere to win Billboard’s end-of-year salute. At Texture, we tallied the cover appearances and secondary stories, and came up with a list of the most-covered personalities of 2016.
1. Donald Trump
No surprise here: Being named Time’s Person of the Year, along with profiles of the Trump family (especially Ivanka and son-in-law Jared) and the president-elect’s most visible advisors (Kellyanne Conway, etc.), delivered this win.
2. Hillary Clinton
As her party’s first female presidential nominee, Clinton landed her share of memorable covers, but the ugly swirl around her trusted aide, Huma Abedin, and those damn emails created more stories than iconic moments.
3. The Kardashian/Jenner Axis
With her appearance on Vogue’s prestigious September issue, Kendall became the most fashionable sister of all.
4. The Obama’s Farewell Tour
They now rival the Reagans for the presidential couple with the most PDAs. They will be missed.
5. Late-Night Hosts
Jimmy Kimmel—along with James Corden, Trevor Noah, and Samantha Bee—racked up stories as well as ratings.
6. The Hadid Sisters
Watch out, Kardashians. Gigi (left) and Bella are rising fast.
7. Megyn Kelly
Trump slayer. Ailes destroyer. And a must-read wherever she appears.
8. Hamilton Mania
Lin-Manuel Miranda had more than one (cover) shot. But this one’s our fave.
9. Mark Zuckerberg
As fake news flourished, Zuck grew less elusive, granting real interviews about the state of the world’s No. 1 media company.
10. Jessica Alba
Smart, stunning and savvy: The Honest entrepreneur shared her formula for success.