The first issue of Stuff magazine was released in 1996 as a way to provide real reviews on consumer electronics, and give insight into up-and-coming technology. Coining itself as “the world’s best-selling gadget and lifestyle magazine,” Stuff has quickly made a name for itself as a pioneer in electronics.
Technology seems to be ever-evolving, with gadgets revolutionizing daily life and quickly changing within the span of just one generation. While one generation can have memories of record players and 8-track tapes, the very next generation think of these items as prehistoric. Nowadays, children have no recollection of having to push the rewind button on a cassette player or manually winding a cassette when the tape has been pulled out.
While Stuff magazine is the go-to source for learning about the latest and yet to be released electronics, it famously geared its covers and inside spreads towards a male audience. Since women control spending in most categories of consumer goods, it isn’t the wisest move to leave out a female audience.
In 2014, Stuff announced they would drop their sexy cover models since research showed they actually sold more magazines when they didn’t have scantily clad models on the cover. Stuff’s publishing director released a statement to The Guardian saying, “While the decision to drop the cover girls from Stuff is based on what our audience have told us through focus groups and cover trials, there is no question that it feels like the right decision to make. At the industry level, we see this as a big step forward for men’s lifestyle magazines.” While they may have changed their take on provocative covers, let’s take a look back at the 10 sexiest spreads in Stuff magazine over the years.
10 Brooke Burke - July 2006
Brooke Burke has donned numerous magazine covers, hosted various television programs, and became the Season 7 winner of Dancing with the Stars. She became a co-host to this beloved dancing competition show in 2010, but she was replaced by Erin Andrews in 2013. Fans still see her on her popular Skechers commercials, and she also endorses a successful skin care line. While her persona now mostly consists of being a Super Mom, in 2006 Burke posed for an ultra provocative spread in Stuff magazine’s July issue. The cover featured her in a super skimpy white swimsuit, but it was the inside spread that really steamed up the pages. From topless shots to bare bottom pics, Burke showed a sexy side we still can’t seem to forget.
9 Stacy Keibler - March 2006
Not many female professional wrestlers have reached the fame or acclaim like Stacy Keibler. Parlaying her position in the public eye to become an actress, model, and dancer, Keibler is probably best known for being the arm-candy for George Clooney prior to getting married to Amal. However, some wondered how Keibler could snag an A-lister like Clooney in the first place. Yet, one look at her 2006 spread in Stuff magazine, and the mystery is solved. During their March issue, Keibler posed in an ultra provocative spread that included shots of various stages of undress. Some of the favorite outfits include a nod to her wrestling days, holding a strap that looks very stripper pole-esque.
8 Emmanuelle Vaugier - August 2004
Emmanuelle Vaugier was featured in the August 2004 spread for Stuff magazine, in a feature entitled, “Queen of the Hill.” Referencing her hugely popular character on the television series, One Tree Hill, Vaugier has played in a number of television shows. The spread includes a few swimsuit shots mixed in with lingerie shots, with a minimalist background. While other Stuff photoshoots have a heavily contrived setting, Vaugier seems to be able to capture the attention of the audience with simple poses. Laying on a bed, leaning against a rustic rock wall, and straddling a chair; she definitely knows how to keep it simple without losing any steam.
7 Joanna Krupa - February 2006
Before appearing on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Miami, Joanna Krupa was already established as a highly successful model. She has posed in a number of highly sexual magazine spreads, including Playboy. However, her Stuff magazine spread in 2006 was a nod towards a cause near and dear to her heart. While some celebrities have their fleeting moment posing for PETA, Krupa has made animal activism part of her public persona. The Stuff cover features Krupa donning a faux fur jacket (with nothing underneath) and a skimpy bottom while holding the leashes of two Doberman Pinschers. The interior shots are a mix of different scantily clad shots, but our favorite is the one featuring her straddling the dog like it’s a horse.
6 Amber Mariano - July 2001
Prior to marrying Rob Mariano, Amber Brkich was known as the super sexy castoff on Survivor: The Australian Outback. Parlaying her Survivor fame into a spread for Stuff magazine, it wasn’t difficult to think of what look would be best to highlight her best features. While fans were used to seeing her traipsing on the beach in a swimsuit, the natural progression to lingerie seemed like the best route for her Stuff magazine spread. Laying on a gold gilded bed or a plush white rug on the floor, Amber’s spread put her at the top of the list for potential contestants for future seasons of Survivor. Not only was she picked as a return contestant, but she went on to win Season 8 as the sole survivor.
5 Dominique Swain - February 2007
Dominique Swain first obtained mainstream success from her 1997 film adaptation of Lolita. While other celebrities might try and stray away from their provocative character portrayals, Swain has fully embraced her sexy side. From the completely nude PETA ads to the numerous spreads for Stuff, she isn’t ashamed about flaunting her womanly assets. In 2002, she was ranked among Stuff Magazine’s top sexiest women, and in 2007 she donned the cover of Stuff’s February issue. Sporting a messy long bob with a simple red string bikini, Swain showed off that one of her best physical features is her torso. Not exactly a defined six pack, Swain offers a feminine physique that caters towards those that prefer a natural look.
4 Autumn Reeser - December 2006
Autumn Reeser is an actress that has starred in a number of roles on TV and the big screen, with a number of television movies mixed in. Her most memorable roles include her portrayal as Taylor Townsend on The O.C. and Lizzie Grant in HBO’s Entourage. Playing up her O.C. origins, Reeser was featured in a 2006 spread for Stuff magazine. While it was a December issue, the environment was very California-esque with water scenes mixed in with some rustic elements. Instead of topless lingerie shots, Reeser was able to pull off the sexiness with just a simple swimsuit and a bright yellow “Keep America Beautiful, Smile” T-shirt.
3 Poppy Montgomery - May 2005
Poppy Montgomery is an actress that has starred in a number of television shows and movies. However, she is probably best known for her roles on Without a Trace and Unforgettable. Unlike other stars that seem to be pigeonholed into a certain signature look, Montgomery has evolved her style over the years and can appear in many different hair colors while still appearing natural. The Stuff magazine spread featuring Poppy Montgomery that is the sexiest has to be the blonde hair look in 2005. The pictorial shots feature an ultra feminine look from the lavender lingerie to the white bedspread shots with a completely topless Montgomery sprawled out.
2 Bijou Phillips - May 2006
Bijou Phillips is an actress and model that branched off into a singing career. As the daughter to Mamas and the Papas leader John Phillips, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she would be inclined towards musical talent. However, she has never let her father or the controversy surrounding her family dynamic overshadow her own worth. Proving she could hold her own as an actress in the Hostel film series, she has appeared in Stuff magazine with numerous photoshoots. Yet it was the water-themed spread that showed her true sex appeal. From the water cover to the cascading waterfall shoot inside, Phillips proved a wet T-shirt look is best when it’s a dress.
1 Katharine McPhee - August 2007
When Katharine McPhee was first introduced to audiences through the fifth season of American Idol, people were truly shocked when she lost to Taylor Hicks. Yet, if Jennifer Hudson has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to win American Idol to come out a winner. Katharine McPhee is another great example of this since she was able to parlay her celebrity status from American Idol to gain new opportunities, including a spread in Stuff magazine. In August 2007, she was featured on the cover wearing super sexy stalking and inside wearing nothing but a collared shirt and heels. While she may have been on a kid-friendly show, her Stuff spread proved she was all grown up.