Iconic!: See The Diverse Display Of Black Women On Magazine Covers In 2018

Iconic!: See The Diverse Display Of Black Women On Magazine Covers In 2018

Michelle Obama, Cardi B, Rihanna & more graced covers this year.

Published December 13th

This is clearly the year for Black Girl MAGIC.

After months of watching magazine covers, 2018 was a record-breaking year for diversity, particularly in fashion.

According to Fashionista, diversity was up this year 17 percent from 2017 — a record breaking jump since the industry site began keeping track five years ago. Fashionista counted the domestic newsstand editions of nine print magazines, and found that in total 62 out of the 128 covers counted starred black or brown women, (including those who identify as mixed race and of Latin or Hispanic descent). Talk about sprinkling our magic!

Michelle Obama took our breathe away covering Elle’s December issue, to debut her highly anticipated book. Cardi B graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly, as "Entertainer of the Year." Serena Williams was named GQ’s “Woman of the Year,” and we can’t forget about Rihanna and Beyoncé’s iconic Vogue covers.

Of course much of this increase is due to the ceiling shattering number of black women who covered the highly anticipated September issues. 54.5 percent of September’s covers starred people of color, a 32.3 percent increase from last year. 

We were celebrating a couple of months ago when these queens covered the September issues,but little did we know, we would continue to get the love that’s long overdue and very well deserved.

Black women on these covers isn't only special, but it’s monumental in 2018.

InStyle magazine is leading the pack of diversity with 75 percent of their covers featuring people of color this year. Although, Rihanna and Beyoncé broke the internet with their Vogue covers, Vogue didn't improve on diversifying their covers at all besides hiring Tyler Mitchell as their first black cover photographer. 

So this is just a reminder that Black women shouldn’t go unrecognized. Now let’s hope they keep this same energy going into 2019. 

Take a look at all the magic below.

  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Cardi B
  3. Rihanna
  4. Serena Williams
  5. Oprah
  6. Angela Bassett
  7. Ciara
  8. Yara Shahidi
  9. Viola Davis
  10. Zoe Kravitz
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  11. Amandla Stenberg
  12. Black Panther cast
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  13. Tracee ellis Ross
  14. BeyoncÉ
  15. Rihanna
  16. Issa Rae
  17. Tiffany Haddish
  18. Zendaya
  19. Tracee Ellis Ross
  20. Slick Woods
  21. Lupita Nyong'o

Written by Tira Urquhart

(Photo: Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET, Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic, Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic, Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)


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