When you have had such a rich and long career as Tina Turner, being on the front cover of magazines and giving the public glimpse of your private life is an unfortunate part of the deal. Unfortunate for the artists but of course, a delight for the fans. Starting with her early career with Ike Turner to her rise to superstardom as a solo artist, Jet magazine, and her sister publication Ebony have followed Tina’s evolution and featured stories (of sometimes questionable taste) about her current work at the time and of her private life. One of my all-time favorite TINA magazine covers will always be this dramatic prophetic one entitled ‘ Trouble Trails Tina Turner’ published by Jet in 1976.
Published in small digest-sized format from its inception in 1951, Jet printed in all or mostly black-and-white until its December 27, 1999 issue. In 2009, Jet’s publishing format was changed; it was published every week with a double issue published once each month. Johnson Publishing Company published the final print issue, June 23, 2014, continuing solely as a digital magazine app. In 2016, Johnson Publishing sold Jet and its sister publication Ebony.
In 1986, Tina Turner and her life and music were the centers of the universe, Jet covered that special era in Tina’s career with an interview focusing on Tina’s biography and her violent history with Ike.
Jet contained fashion and beauty tips, entertainment news, dating advice, political coverage, health tips, and diet guides, in addition to covering events such as fashion shows. The cover photo usually corresponds to the focus of the main story. Some examples of cover stories might be a celebrity’s wedding, Mother’s Day, or a recognition of the achievements of a notable African American. Many issues are given coverage to show the African-American community that if they want to reach a goal, they have to be willing to work for it.
Back in 1997, Tina was heavily touring and promoting the gigantic Wildest Dreams Tour and appeared once again on the cover of Jet! More powerful and happier than ever, the star evokes her current world tour, her life between France and Switzerland and much more.