Black celebrities are continuing to grace of the covers of magazines. We saw how Black girl magic took over in 2019, well, in 2020 these publishers are keeping the same energy.
According to Fashionista, diversity was up in 2018 17% 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!
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% of September’s covers starred people of color, a 32.3% increase from the year before.
Having Black women on these covers isn't only special, but it’s monumental in 2020. So, this is just a reminder that Black entertainers shouldn’t go unrecognized.
Take a look at all the magic below:
Megan Thee Stallion is turning up the heat as the cover star of Marie Claire’s May issue.
The 25-year-old Houston rapper looks gorgeous gracing the cover wearing a $1,600 rust-colored net dress and nude bodysuit by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh. In the article, Meg opens up about her dating life and using her power to control it. As the president of the “Hot Girls” club, she says:
"Sometimes I can treat men like they're disposable, and it's because I know that I don't need you. You're here because I want you to be here," the rapper revealed.
Meg credits her mother Holly Thomas, who passed away from a brain tumor in March 2019, for inspiring her to work hard to accomplish her goals.
"I would see her fit in writing after work and before work, I'm used to seeing her work ethic," the rapper told Marie Claire of her mother, who would juggle her music aspirations with her day job as a bill collector.
While Meg is an award-winning rapper, she is also a student at Texas Southern University and dreams of opening an assisted-living facility for the elderly in her hometown. Talk about a multifaceted woman!
The cover was photographed by Micaiah Carter, for the entire interview, click here.
Keke Palmer is serving face and timeless style on this month’s Harper’s Bazaar digital cover.
The 26-year-old actress and co-host of Strahan, Sara & Keke, looks stunning in a gold sequin Marc Jacobs gown, accompanying red floor-length coat and eye-catching hat to match. The head-to-toe Marc Jacobs ensemble is the perfect complement to Keke’s confident and fearless attitude.
The young queen took our breath away sporting her faux locs, which is uncommon on many magazines covers today. Styled by Cassie Anderson, Keke is giving us old Hollywood glam.
In addition to her fierce fashions, Keke opens up to Harper’s about her social media presence and why she posts funny yet uplifting captions. She writes:
“If I’m gonna have something to say, or if I’m gonna be someone that’s looked at, I wanna try my best to uplift other people like me. Whether they be Black, whether they be women, whether they be millennials, whether they be the underdog, whatever. If I can be that voice, why not?”
Keke also tells the media outlet that she hasn’t been working due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but is taking this time to stay active and creative. She says, “So obviously we aren’t currently working, which sucks! I miss our crew and Michael and Sara. However, it does free some space up in my head to play around with ideas that I haven’t had the chance to get around to. Now that I’m chained to the house, I have no other choice but to find fun ways to stay active and creative! If you’re looking to be entertained for a bit, check out my Insta. I’ve turned it into my own daytime talk show!”
Keke may be young, but she is focused and knows exactly what she wants out of life.
For the full interview, click here.
Photographed by Campbell Addy, each artist dropped jaws in their skin-baring leather looks. Styled by Dianne Garcia for The Only Agency, SZA rocked a teeny-tiny lingerie bra, with Karl Kani pants, Heliot Emil boots, and a shimmery name belt by Martine Ali.
Megan called on her stylist EJ King to give her a sexy and edgy look. With a skin-tight bodysuit by Bao Tranchi and studded boots by Jennifer Le— mission accomplished.
Last but not least, Normani grabbed our attention with her Zana Bayne belt and bra, Marina Hoermanseder leather skirt, and necklaces by Laruicci and Adore Adorn. Styled by Vincent Smith for Mastermind Management Group, the star completed her look with heels by Stuart Weitzman.
The issue, which features in-depth profiles of the artists, will be available on stands Mar. 3.
Describing herself as “really, really vigilant” about keeping her three children with her husband and former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha, out of the public eye, the famed actress opened up about her choice to keep her offspring out of the spotlight.
“These are their lives. But it’s not about pulling a Rapunzel and hiding them away in a castle from the world — we don’t want to do that,” Kerry told the InStyle in their March issue. “I think any parent would want to keep kids from a situation that causes them to feel scared. I don’t want them to be exploited, particularly in this social-media world.”
What parent can’t understand that? We’ll wait.
To read more from the interview, click here.
Billy Porter looks stunning on the cover of Allure's The Art of Beauty issue. The iconic actor, singer, and style idol opened up about being unapolgetically himself.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen appear on the December cover of Vanity Fair. They pose with their beautiful babies, Miles, 17-months and Luna, age 3. The couple discusses politics and raising their family in the cover story. Chrissy is styled to perfection in a floral, ruffle sleeve Marc Jacobs dress, while John is casual in Dior. They are such a gorgeous family. Can we say #familygoals!?
Oprah stuns on the November cover of People magazine where she shares the 5 moments that changed her life. She graced the pages in a black gown with her perfectly tamed natural coils. Her hair is goals!
Rihanna graces another Vogue magazine cover wearing a sheer look from her name's sake FENTY line. The superstar turned mogul opens up about turning down the opportunity to perform at the Superbowl, and what she has planned for her FENTY line in the future. The issue will hit stands on Friday, October 10.
Lena, Melina, and Jodie are the ladies behind the thought-provoking upcoming film, 'Queen and Slim.' They graced Elle magazines Women In Hollywood stunning in different hues of blue. Styled by Shiona Turini, this trio is a force to be reckoned with!
J. Cole opened up to GQ magazine about music and life as a father. He was styled like we've never seen him before, in 10 different designer outfits, and was even featured a lynx in the spread. To read the full article, check out GQ. The April issue is on newsstands now.
(Photo: Micaiah Carter / Marie Claire)
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