Cleo replicates 1972 cover for final issue ever

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 18 February 2016
The final cover of Cleo magazine.

The final issue of Cleo magazine will hit stands on Monday after 44 years in print.

Cleo announced its closure earlier this year, saying it will invest further in Dolly and a digital-first approach.

Cleo posted a picture of the new cover to Instagram, starring model Jesinta Campbell. For the final issue Cleo has replicated its first edition from 1972 with Campbell wearing a similar white plunging gown. The magazine only has one cover line, reading: “We farewell 44 years of sass, bachelors, sex and centrefolds”.

Campbell took to Twitter to say how emotional she was being the final covergirl for a magazine that has played such a huge role in Australian culture.

jesinta campbell cleo tweets

Editor Lucy Cousins thanked her team on Instagram saying:

"Thank you to my amazing team and everybody involved. You guys are absolute bloody legends.”

Last week, Cleo celebrated its history with a ‘wake’ at Sydney’s Woollahra Hotel that saw Lisa Wilkinson, Mia Freedman, Sharri Markson, Paula Joye and founding editor Ita Buttrose farewell the magazine.

cleo farewell

Oh how we will miss that sealed section.

In other Bauer news, Cosmo’s editor-in-chief Bronwyn McCahon announced her resignation after 10 years in the role.

This morning it was announced Fiorella Di Santo has replaced Tony Kendall as sales director.

cleo now and then

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