Black Women Graced the Covers of More Mainstream Magazines in 2016


By Victor Trammell

In 2015, famous black women only made up of 19.8 percent of the front cover magazine population for publications like Vogue, according to

However, in 2016, a considerable amount of diversity improvement was made in America. Just recently, did a review of 147 magazine covers from 10 big-name style and culture publications, such as Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, and Nylon.

Maura Brannigan, a Senior Editor at Fashionista wrote the following about her publication’s cultural diversity probe in an article about this remarkable subject, which was published on last Wednesday (December 14th). A portion of this report reads as follows:

“[This year], there have been sizable lifts in cover star diversity across the board. For consistency’s sake, we reviewed the covers from the same titles we looked at in 2015 — all 147 of them. And we found that 52 of 147 covers — or 35.3 percent — starred people of color*, as compared to 2015’s 19.8 percent. That’s a 15.5 percent rise.” (

First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Lupita Nyong’o are two of the extraordinary black women that got the chance to grace to grace the cover of Vogue for 2016, in particular. Fashionista’s review of this major spike in ethnic diversity for the benefit of black women in the public eye definitely speaks a lot of volumes.

Brannigan went on to write the following in her article:

“Teen Vogue featured the most diversity this year by including women of color on seven of its 11 issues — that’s 63.6 percent — with cover stars like Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith and Simone Biles. InStyle followed, with seven of its 12 covers. Meanwhile, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar posted no change in diversity from last year to this, with Glamour publishing three of 14 and Bazaar one of 11 nonwhite* covers in both 2015 and 2016.” (

Kudos to all the major mainstream magazine publications in the world of style and popular culture that have contributed to this amazing uptick in the exposure of black female beauty. All of the recipients are certainly deserving of their rightful place.







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