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Are Women Of Color Cover Worthy?

There’s A Spike In Black Women Covering Fashion Magazines

This year women of color graced the cover of top American fashion magazines 23 times. These 23 covers are said to be a huge spike from previous years in fashion, but 23 out of hundreds isn’t groundbreaking. The fact this news is not surprising to me or probably anyone else of color is very disappointing. This set of numbers prove the ongoing racial issue in mainstream fashion.

The qualifications for being fashion’s cover girl are: style, relevancy, and success and women of color meet these standards. Black women are just as beautiful and successful as any other female race, so a standard must be race as well. Sixteen women of color made major fashion covers this year, and six made two or more covers. It is past time for fashion to confront its diversity issue. 

Women Of Color Are Not Credible Enough For Fashion Covers

My two favorite fashion magazines to receive every month are Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Harper’s Bazaar is my absolute favorite of the two because, it feeds the aspiring magazine owner in me. I love how crisp and organized the layout is, and how seamless it seems. With that being said, Harper’s Bazaar could not find one woman of color credible enough to be on their covers this year. I thought I was losing my mind when I googled the magazine, but I went through my hard copies and I didn’t see one woman of color on the cover. The last time there was a woman of color on their cover it was Rihanna’s March 2015 issue.

The ongoing racism in the fashion industry is beyond disgusting. Yes, any progress is to be recognized, but let’s not ignore what’s staring us in our faces. Women of color are believed to be too dark to be the face of fashion. It’s interesting, there’s a limit to the women of color certain companies in the fashion industry will work with. It has been shown a number of fashion designers pull inspiration from people of color. Often times, the trends that are popular in the black community make the runway including hairstyles, but not the black representation.

People Of Color Are Not Good Enough To Represent Their Own Trends

I’m not saying people cannot wear what one race identifies with because, those arguments are plain stupid. Why are people of my race are good enough to copy, however we’re not good enough to be seen representing the trends to the masses? I keep track of over 100 beautiful black women who are incredibly stylish, but I have yet to see them recognized for their style as well as their work. Lately there has been a woman of color re-creating top fashion ads. She is proving women of color are as beautiful as the European look we are consistently bombarded with.

Personally I would love to see more diversity in the fashion industry. I would love to see more people of color on magazine covers, on runways, and behind the scenes. There’s room for everybody and there shouldn’t be a limit on women because of their skin color. This is sad, disgusting, and an embarrassment to the fashion industry. Saying this narrative isn’t true would be a blatant lie, just check your newsstands.

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