HERE IT IS!
The one you've all been waiting for (I know I have, but I am definitely biased)...
It's the launch edition of Cosmopolitan Middle East.
It has been 'leaked' one day prior to its official launch date of April 1 - by the covergirl herself! That'd be Khloe Kardashian...
She said on Twitter: "MY FIRST COSMO COVER!!! http://bit.ly/ej990V OMG I'm still in shock!!!!" On her official site, she said: "I am BEYOND excited to share with all of you my very first COSMOPOLITAN cover! OMG!!!!!!
"This is honestly a dream come true! I died when I saw it — I was on the plane with Kim and Kourt en route to San Fran yesterday and when we landed I had a million emails about it and it was my first time seeing the cover. I was just in shock! Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be on the cover of Cosmo because I never knew it was an option. When they sent me the email to be on the cover I said to my publicist, “I think you meant to send this Kim.” LOL.
"She was like “No crazy girl! This is for you!” Not only is it such a blessing to be on the cover of Cosmo, but I am the FIRST cover girl for COSMOPOLITAN Middle East! What an honor!!!!! I’m honestly bursting with pride. I am truly blessed! Click through the gallery to see the entire spread. My favorite look is the sequin one :)"
You can read her comments - and see the pics - on her site here: http://khloekardashian.celebuzz.com/my-first-cosmo-cover-03-2011
Some of the pics from the shoot, which took place at the glorious Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica, California are reproduced here.
The interview, conducted by Kerrie, produced some insights into Khloe's life (I really kinda like the girl even more now):
On the highest point of her life so far: "Marrying Lamar for sure. It was easily the best day of my life."
On her upcoming reality show with husband Lamar: "I was the one who didn't want to do it. I said, 'Absolutely not'. But he was the one who was really into it... And he just said, 'People want to see it.' And so we are. We've been filming since January."
On her 'next big thing': "I don't know. I pray that I'll be a mum soon, so I hope that will be the next thing."
Editor of Cosmopolitan Middle East Kerrie Simon (one of my best buds, so I am ridiculously proud of her) reveals the diet of the hardworking Cosmo crew to get this launch issue out:
"Gosh – there was a food delivery every night – Indian, sushi, burgers, Naked Pizza (apparently it’s healthy), Pakistani. And then an endless desk supply of Digestives biscuits, chocolate, Turkish delight, lollies, agh!"
So, standard mad-magazine-deadline fare, then!
Kerrie is Australian-born and has been working as a magazine editor in Dubai for several years, recently landing this incredible opportunity to be at the helm of the historic launch of Cosmopolitan Middle East.
And now, the news of the launch issue - following Khloe's cheeky Twitter post - has gone viral. The Huffington Post, RadarOnline, X17online, Examiner (and Josie's Juice!) have all picked it up with as much enthusiasm as Kardashian herself.
Huge congrats to the Cosmo team! Well done, team. More, more, more!