SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, And Normani Make Iconic Cover Of ‘Rolling Stone’ In Sexy Leather Looks

Black Magazine Covers: SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, Normani

SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, And Normani Make Iconic Cover Of ‘Rolling Stone’ In Sexy Leather Looks

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 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:

  1. SZA, Megan Thee Stallion & Normani
    (Photo: Campbell Addy/ Rolling Stone)

    It's a Rolling Stone takeover! SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani snagged a cover for the magazine's second annual "Women Shaping the Future" issue and we stan!

    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.

  2. Kerry Washington

    Serving up floral perfection in an off-the-shoulder Dries Van Noten dress with a stunning curly mane, Kerry Washington dazzled on the cover of InStyle’s new “Fashion Issue.” 

    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.  

  3. 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. 

  4. 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!? 




  5. 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! 

  6. 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.  

  7. 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! 

  8. 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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  9. 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.

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

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  23. Tracee ellis Ross
  24. BeyoncÉ
  25. Rihanna
  26. Tiffany Haddish
  27. Tracee Ellis Ross
  28. Slick Woods

(Photo: Campbell Addy/ Rolling Stone)


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