This is the debate. Rihanna or Beyonce? It's these two and only these two. If you asked one of your homeboys and they picked either, you couldn't/wouldn't be mad.

A couple thoughts...

-- The covers fall in line with each star's persona. There's a dominatrix motif with Rih's cover. Bey is working the sexy-wholesome thing to a T.

-- Don't lose those curves, Bey. Huge shout out for dropping the Blue Ivy weight, but we need you to stay southern-thick. Then again, who knows what kind of airbrushing was involved here. Mags are notorious for that. It's just a little concerning if you could legitimately envision Jennifer Anniston or Jessica Biel with the same body.

-- GQ has put two black women on its cover in the span of two months. That's 2008 Obama-type progress.