Seeing Stars

It may be a mere coincidence but hopefully it’s something more positive- 4 eye-catching covers with some of our favorite black models of today. A shift is indeed rising: Joan Smalls on the cover of Lucky Magazine (normally reserved for celebrities), Binx Walton fronting Vogue Espana, Aya Jones gracing Numéro and Liya Kebede returning once again for a Vogue Paris cover (and the first black model on the cover since 2010’s issue with then new face, Rose Cordero). At any rate, we feel it’s a fantastic step in the right direction. With the return of models commandeering the covers of the major fashion glossies in the past year, we really hope that these four covers are but the beginning of this trend of including beauties of all colors.

Liya Kebede by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Paris

Joan Smalls by Miguel Reveriego (Camilla Lowther Management) for Lucky Magazine

Binx Walton by Nico (New York: ArtList NY, Berlin: Shotview Photographers Management, Paris: ArtList Paris) for Vogue Espana

Aya Jones by Daniel Sannwald (Management + Artists) for Numero

  1. Now that its been pointed out I notice and I love it! I guess its because I’m so use to seeing non-models of color on the covers it blows right over my head. The end result here is to not notice it all I would assume, to be accustom to seeing all different types of women on these wonderful publications. But for the now I can appreciate it and hope more appear on the cover throughout the year.

    If I had to choose a favorite I would go for Liya on French Vogue, such presence and almost as if she is celebrating her longevity of fronting the cover 13 years ago!

  2. I never see BINX as black.

    I hope to see all colour of model on covers, not label them as black, white or yellow. They are all beautiful human.

  3. Yeah hi,

    it’s me again after a while. I really admire your work for equality and pro-diversity. The site is still known for the rankings and the rankings people could use their power and introduce some more black girls to the main lists. The lists are a mess anyway so it wouldn’t take much effort. For example Vittoria Ceretti could go to the Money Girls and Aya could replace her on top 50.

  4. Sorryyyy… I just realized Vittoria isn’t part of the top 50. Not sure if you got my first message but you can easily replace Drake with Aya.


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