Models of color are on the rise on the runways at New York Fashion Week, in ad campaigns and on magazine covers, but you wouldn’t know that if you were, say, an alien who has just been handed all the September fashion magazines.
That’s because the September covers, which are usually the most anticipated of the year, are almost entirely owned by white celebrities.
A sea of white faces for the most jam-packed issues of the year. It’s a shame.
There were some exceptions. Harper’s Bazaar put the Weeknd on the cover pushed up next to model Adriana Lima, who identifies as Afro-Brazilian, and Irina Shayk.
But still, with outstanding celebrities who aren’t white like Gina Rodriguez and Ruth Negga and Taraji P. Henson and Lupita Nyong’o and Riz Ahmed and Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali and many, many more, these choices this year feel disappointing.
Though of course these covers are concocted months in advance, and align with movie openings and press circuits, what a bummer.