Billy Porter Breaks Barriers In A Marc Jacobs Dress And Avant Garde Makeup As The First Man On The Cover Of Allure Magazine

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Billy Porter Breaks Barriers In A Marc Jacobs Dress And Avant Garde Makeup As The First Man On The Cover Of Allure Magazine

Plus, more Black excellence on the cover of magazines!

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Written by Tira Urquhart

Black celebrities are continuing to grace of the covers of magazines. We saw how Black girl magic took over in 2018, well, in 2019 these publishers are keeping the same energy.

The men in entertainment are getting some well-deserved love, too. Frank Ocean covered GQ's January issue and Travis Scott expanded his fashion palate wearing Saint Laurent on the February cover of L'Uomo Vogue. Talk about iconic!

After months of watching magazine covers, last year 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 GQs “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 the year before. 

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.

Having 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 entertainers shouldn’t go unrecognized.

Take a look at all the magic below:

  1. Billy Porter

    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. 

  2. John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Their children Miles and Luna
    (Photo: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair)

    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!? 




  3. Oprah
    Photo: Ruven Afanador for PEOPLE

    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! 

  4. Rihanna
    Photo: Ethan James Green for Vogue

    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.  

  5. Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, and Jodie Turner-Smith
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    3 the hard way. Styled by : @shionat

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    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! 

  6. Jaden and Willow Smith
    (Photo: Hugo Comte for Vogue Italia)
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    Our OCTOBER ISSUE is on Newsstands tomorrow with a fold out poster cover of our cover stars @willowsmith in @dior and @c.syresmith photographed by @hugocomte and styled by @patti_wilson. #JadenSmith: ‘I feel that we just try to set a good example, as much as it is possible, to the generation of young people who are looking at what we are doing. That’s represented in JUST and 501CTHREE, which embody our commitment to creating awareness around the challenges humans face in terms of sustainable energy, water and food - now and in the future. One of the first projects of 501CTHREE is to install water filtration systems for communities in Flint, MI and Los Angeles, here in California. Or the two pilot programs of food trucks for the Skid Row community in L.A. that are giving out 500 meals a day. We are trying to do things in a way that educates people who are looking to us about what’s going on in the world. And it’s what Willow does with our mom and grandmother with Red Table Talk - facing and addressing sexism and racism.’ See more about our cover story ‘Dream your own reality’ on the pages of our October Issue on newsstands tomorrow and via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion studio Interview @pimcharlottecotton Makeup @jenmyles @streetersagency using @armanibeauty Hair @vernonfrancois @thevisionariesagency using @vernonfrancoishair Manicure @ashlie_johnson @thewallgroup Set design @maryhoward_setdesign @mhs_artists Art coordinator #LisaBazadona Backdrops provided by @schmidlibackdrops Prop rentals provided by @hookprops Production @nightcall_films_us Stay tuned for more.

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  7. J. Cole
    (Photo: AWOL ERIZKU for GQ)

    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.

  8. Travis Scott
  9. Frank Ocean
  10. Michelle Obama
  11. Cardi B
  12. Rihanna
  13. Serena Williams
  14. Oprah
  15. Angela Bassett
  16. Ciara
  17. Yara Shahidi
  18. Viola Davis
  19. Zoe Kravitz
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  20. Amandla Stenberg
  21. Black Panther cast
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    We never freeze. #BlackPanther @EntertainmentWeekly

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  22. Tracee ellis Ross
  23. BeyoncÉ
  24. Rihanna
  25. Issa Rae
  26. Tiffany Haddish
  27. Zendaya
  28. Tracee Ellis Ross
  29. Slick Woods

(Photo: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair)


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