|Categories||African American, Men's magazine|
King is a monthly men's magazine geared toward African American and urban audiences. It features articles about hip-Hop and R&B, as well as articles covering sports and fashion. The magazine is published by Harris Publications, and was a spinoff from XXL. It ceased publication on March 31, 2009, citing failing ad sales as a result of the poor economy. It resumed publication, this time as a quarterly magazine, in late 2009.
The magazine is mainly characterized by its lavish photoshoots, which usually feature scantily-clad women, often complete with an interview from the featured model. The subjects of these shoots range from professional models to well-known musicians and actresses. The magazine is known for its disdain for the "stick-figured" women used as models in other men's magazines, and often promotes the buxom and curvaceous figures of its models. The magazine almost exclusively uses pictures from these photoshoots as the cover of the magazine. It also features its cover with rappers sometimes, but mostly women from models to female rappers, including Trina, Keyshia Cole, Rocsi and former video vixen Melyssa Ford. It also features interviews from models and rappers.
Model Toccara Jones and rapper Trina each appeared on the cover of King three times, more than anybody else.