Dazed has always been proudly provocative. To celebrate the results of our first Dazed Sex Survey – where, in a monumental exposé, the erotic imagination of an entire generation is revealed – we've looked through the archive to find the top five most stimulating Dazed editorials. From Kate Moss in tie-up suspenders to Milla Jovovich baring her unshaven underarms for Terry Richardson, we bring you Dazed's sexiest moments – check our favourite covers below, and more from our collection in the gallery above.
For her first Dazed cover, Kate Moss wore little more than some tie-up suspenders. The supermodel – notoriously reticent with the press – gave a rare interview that only served to intensify the hype that surrounded her, making it one of the most iconic moments of her career. “My mum used to say to me, 'You can't have fun all the time,'” she said. “I used to say, 'Why not? Why the fuck can't I have fun all the time?'” Words to live by.
What better way to ring in the new millennium than with some snogging boys? With necklaces tenderly entangled and the passion tangible, this was a cover that captured new-century attitudes and packed a real punch. Inside were more gay, lesbian and interracial couples smooching – a veritable 'fuck you' to conservative attitudes of the last century.
COVER GIRL MILLA
Proudly displaying her unshaven armpits, a bridal veil and lamé bandeau, Milla Jovovich exhibits a confident femininity that's a far cry from the Hollywood standards her industry perpetuates. This Terry Richardson cover seems distinctly ahead of its time – a feminist statement that's still relevant now.
A sure-fire way to incite arousal: some cleavage, a bit of leather, and a descending zip. This cover was a celebration of the fashion film Unzipped – an inside look into the world of designer Isaac Mizrahi. The cover was deceptive, however – while model Kate Groombridge's face remained provocatively absent, inside the editorial revealed several old ladies modelling Mizrahi's collection.
SEX ME UP
”Express yourself, don't repress yourself” was the mantra for Dazed's November 2007 'sex me up' issue. How else to accessorise the naked torso than with some phallic, papier maché headwear – a product of the collaboration between legendary milliner Stephen Jones and the Belgian fashion designer with a love for all things weird and wonderful, Walter van Beirendonck.