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 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 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:
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: Hugo Comte for Vogue Italia)
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