It's no secret that fashion covers are more often than not extremely whitewashed. The sad reality usually becomes extra apparent during the release of magazine's September issues, which mark the beginning of the fashion calendar year. To land a September cover is a big deal, as we've seen with the slew of headline-making covers that were released over the last couple of weeks.
Fortunately, this round of September issues has marked a positive shift for the types of faces and bodies we see on covers. As Styleite noted, there have been more women (and men!) of color featured on the covers of this year's September issues than ever before.
The covers include Ciara on Shape, Serena Williams on New York Magazine, Kerry Washington on Self, Amandla Stenberg on Dazed, Willow Smith on i-D, Idris Elba on Maxim (the first dude ever on their cover) and Beyoncé's history-making cover for Vogue.
And we gotta say, Maxim looks real good with a suave AF guy on the cover.
For their second Real Women Style Awards, Redbook featured its winners on their cover saying:
I particularly love that we're running it in September, the month when fashion magazines feature the most trend-conscious of celebrities and fill their pages with looks from the designer runways. I spent most of my career at those magazines (Harper's Bazaar, W, the late and lamented Lucky), and I love them. But let's be honest: For the vast majority of us—with jobs and busy lives and budgets—those magazines are pure fantasy. So focusing our September issue on style that lives in the real world and reflects the gorgeous mix of American women has been pretty thrilling.
While the overwhelming majority of magazine covers are still thin, young, white women, this September is definitely a step in the right direction. And if this month is any indication of the fashion year to come, we can't wait to see what else it has in store.