- Naomi Campbell for Vogue, Mario Testino
All of the world has a great love for VOGUE Magazine: women, men, all races and religions, various social ranks and sexual orientations. This idolatry has catapulted VOGUE to astronomical heights and even to localized distribution to eighteen counties/regions. Vogue is now published in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and of course the United States (American Vogue).
It is the world’s fascination with American Vogue and our particular fascination with the lack of color on the COVERS of American Vogue which prompted this post.
I personally have been an avid reader of Vogue since middle school, when I decided I would become a clothing designer. Although my career aims have definitely changed, I still have a torrid affair with Vogue; one filled with love and hate. And sadness for the lack of diversity within its pages and especially the cover. This is one reason I actively pursued a career in fashion publication.
However, instead of harping about the lack of African-American and minority covers, we’re going to celebrate the achievements of said cover models. And hopefully ignite a fire of progression.
Enjoy! – Kenny Hibbler, Creative Director
Beverly Johnson. The first African-American cover, 1974
Naomi Campbell. First African-American on September Issue 1989
Oprah Winfrey. 1998. The much-talked about issue where Anna Wintour advised that Oprah lose 20 pounds before her Vogue shoot.
Marion Jones. 2001
Halle Berry. December 2002
Liya Kebede. May 2005
Jennifer Hudson. March 2007
First Lady, Michelle Obama. March 2009
Beyoncé. April 2009. Very controversial because of the implication that black women belong on the cover that focuses on a NON-model shape/size.
Halle Berry, 2nd cover. September 2010
And up next, Rihanna…
Here are some additional covers featuring women of color, mainly in group shots. And some much debated ‘vintage’ Vogue covers.
One of the biggest covers to date...The original supermodels
Real lives of models
The new supermodels...
More vintage Covers