A September cover is the most coveted issue a celebrity can land, so you can only imagine the excitement we have every year as we round up all of the #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy gracing them.
For fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, their issues are considered the “fashion bibles,” so when we see these iconic figures, it’s a celebration for us all.
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement British Vogue, tapped 20 inspirational activists dedicated to making a change on the cover. Jesse Williams, Tamika D. Mallory, Joan Smalls, Adwoa Aboah, Janet Mock and more leaders who are invoking change.
Rihanna covers the September cover of Harper's Bazaar, while in quarantine. This cover story was photographed at home featuring images of the mogul posing in FENTY while changing a lightbulb in her home.
See the beautiful covers below:
Lizzo: Vogue Magazine
Lizzo graces the cover of Vogue’s October issue, and we cannot stop gawking over how radiant she looks in her red, ruffled Valentino gown.
In the magazine, Lizzo candidly opens up about her feelings on body positivity and why she thinks the term has become appropriated.
“It’s commercialized,” she told the outlet. “Now, you look at the hashtag ‘body positive,’ and you see smaller-framed girls, curvier girls. Lotta white girls. And I feel no ways about that, because inclusivity is what my message is always about. I’m glad that this conversation is being included in the mainstream narrative. What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it.”
She continued, “Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, that overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club. They need to be benefiting from...the mainstream effect of body positivity now. But with everything that goes mainstream, it gets changed. It gets—you know, it gets made acceptable.”
To read more from the feature story, click here.
Mary J Blige: Health Magazine
In the magazine, Mary opened up about the importance of self-love and how the pandemic assisted in her self-care journey.
“I was already liking me, and now I have grown deeper in love with myself because I love my own company,” Mary explained. “I don’t think any of us realized how fast we had been moving. I really appreciate this rest and this silence, so that I can hear more clearly what’s going on. When you’re by yourself, you’re either going to be your own best friend and be honest and real with yourself, or you’re going to be your own worst enemy and deceive yourself. It’s been so clear to me that I am my best friend.”
She also opened up about how she manages to protect her mindset.
“I meditate and I pray on the things that are positive, not on the lies that are negative,” she shared. “Every time a negative thought comes, I push it down. I’m like, ‘That’s a lie. I rebut that. I don’t receive that.’ It’s a practice, and you have to do it all day.”
To read more, click here.
chloe x halle: Cosmopolitan
Singing sisters Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey are the latest beauties gracing the October issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Misty Copeland: Architectural Digest
Ballet superstar Misty Copeland opened up her glamourous Manhattan home to Architectural Digest for the magazine’s October issue.
Photographed in that Upper West Side apartment that she shares with her husband Olu Evans, the Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre looked stunning in her shimmery gold Gucci gown.
Besides gracing the cover, the busy dancer also gave AD a tour of her dream home that includes her custom-built walk-in closet. See for yourself!
Issa Rae: The Hollywood Reporter
Photographed by Erik Carter, Issa Rae secured the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s August issue—and per usual— the multi-media mogul left us speechless with her natural glow.
During her interview with the magazine, Issa opened up about her success in the media business as well as how she’s handling the coronavirus shutdown.
“I’ve learned that I obviously, like so many people, value touch,” she shared. “I value social interactions. I also realize I don’t work as hard as I need to, to preserve certain relationships in my life. I need to do better about that. That’s been a hard revelation for me. I feel like this has caused me to withdraw in a way that I’m not happy with. I’m trying to reconcile that.”
To read more from the interview, click here.
Megan Thee Stallion: W Magazine
Megan Thee Stallion graces the September cover of W Magazine. The Houston hottie is donning a plaid two-piece crop top and pants Miu Miu set, styled by EJ King.
The rapstress covers the Music issue talking about the success of the Hottie movement.
Megan is elated about landing the cover and talks about her relationship with her fans, saying: "I feel like just being an artist waking up every day voicing your own opinions is a risk... Just talking. Being real is a risk, Some of the things I say, I realized that some women might really wanna say them. So I just keep all of these things in the back of my mind when I’m writing.”
Cardi B: Elle Magazine
Cardi B landed her first Elle Magazine cover, and the “WAP” rapper couldn’t be happier!
Excited about her personal milestone, the 27-year-old posted the magazine cover on her Instagram, along with the caption: “My first Elle magazine cover! The fact that they love my labret piercing makes it my fav! Thank you.”
Styled by Kollin Carter, Cardi dazzled in a sparkly embellished crystal wig with matching strapless top. Stunning is an understatement!
To see more photos and to read her interview, click here.
La La Anthony: Essence Magazine
La La Anthony is on the September cover of Essence magazine, and we are speechless!
The actress, author, and designer is wearing a rust, lace blazer by Prabal Gurung, and matching leather gloves. Her hair is braided and embellished with golden beads.
La La posted a heartfelt message about her cover saying, "So excited to share my @ESSENCE’s September/October cover with you.❤️ It’s an absolute honor to be on the cover of a magazine that speaks directly to a Black woman’s spirit & occupies a special place in all of our hearts.❤️ Thank you for giving this girl from Brooklyn an opportunity to dream out loud. Love you all so much!"
ZENDAYA: INSTYLE MAGAZINE
Zendaya covers the September issue of Instyle magazine, and she looks stunning!
The 23-year-old Emmy nominated actresswore a red, slinky dress by Black-owned brand, Aliette. The cover is styled and directed by her longtime stylist, Law Roach. The entire spread was shot by and all Black crew and Law used clothing from all Black fashion designers, shoe designers, and jewelry designers. Talk about respresenting!
"You allowed me a BLACK stylist to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers , shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists, " said Law in his Instagram caption. "You allowed me choose my team which started with @abdmstudio (photographers)2 young BLACK men, and @larryjarahsims (hair)BLACK man, @officialsheiks (makeup)BLACK woman. Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity.
What a beautiful moment! See the entire spread here!
Rihanna: Harper's Bazaar
Rihanna covers the Sept issue of Harper's Bazaar looking flawless. The mogul wore a white Fenty shirt dress, Maria Tash earrings, and an Anabela Chan Choker. She wore her hair in a twisted beehive, styled by Ursula Stephen, and photographed by Gray Sorrenti.
Rihanna: Harper's Bazaar
For the 2nd cover, Rihanna stunts in a Bottega Veneta coat and dress, like the mogul she is!
Activists Cover The September Issue Of British Vogue
Marcus Rashford and Adwoa Aboah: British Vogue