Reimagining A Cover As It Should Be

In the history of Time Magazine, only four women have ever appeared on the cover by themselves. 

Not standing behind a man or as part of a group. Of those, three were artistic or painted renderings of their likenesses, a treatment rarely given to male leaders in modern iterations. So we started wondering, why must women always be painted? Even in a print representation, could Time not allow German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who they have just named “Person of the Year” go without being objectified? @@We need not have to provide a list of credentials to prove that it’s unnecessary for her to appear as a mere caricature of herself.@@ To be blunt: we simply wouldn’t allow the same treatment of a male subject. As a response to this, we at Markon Brand Design decided to honor German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s raw, powerful, pragmatic nature in our own rendition of a cover image. We believe that in showing Merkel in an authentic light, we are honoring her leadership as a source of unabashed authority, reason and unity in a turbulent world that is still, too often, hostile towards women. In our rendition, she is asked to be nothing more than herself: strong, resilient, wise. Lines under her eyes aren’t hidden by makeup; nor are they overdramatized by a painter’s brush. Our version asks nothing of her that wouldn’t be asked of another world leader of similar stature.

What do you think of the original? Or of our remake? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

You can tweet me @thekneil to join in the discussion.

- Kristine