–For our "cover" editorial for July we didn't want to go overboard aesthetically. We pondered, "What shouts America?" and no idea fit quite as well then with a shoot where our star spangled banner itself, the nation's flag, was the star of the spread. Like always though, we had to kick it up a notch (or a few) for the sake of being current, by having Miss Michigan 2011 and Miss USA contestant Channing Pierce model the stars and stripes (so sexily) for CIRCUS. The photographic joining of our country's flag with our stunning model (captured by photographer Lyndon French), represents America's age old history of freedom and unity, combined with our new generation's beautiful, modern and ever changing mindset–that is shaping who America is today.