The world has been abuzz ever since the world’s biggest fashion publications including Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Porter Magazine announced their September issue cover girls — including Lebron James who received backlash for going up for black women being a great example for his daughter.
THE POWER OF BLACK WOMEN ~ #blackgirlmagic @beyonce for @voguemagazine @badgalriri for @britishvogue @lupitanyongo for @portermagazine @issarae for @ebonymagazine @yarashahidi for @hollywoodreporter @zendaya for @marieclairemag @ajanaomi_king for @shape 🙋🏾♀️ for @ellecanada @tiffanyhaddish for @glamourmag @slickwoods for @elleuk
If you have never seen or heard of the iconic documentary September Issue starring Anna Wintour, you may be wondering why September is different than any other month; September is the beginning of the fashion year and there is no more coveted magazine cover to grace than THE September issue. For the first time ever, black women covered the majority of major magazines for their September issue — and this is a history-making feat for (many) more reasons that one.
Here’s our countdown of all of the reasons why this is the most historical September for black women in fashion:
1. FIRST BLACK COVER GIRL HAND-PICKED BY FIRST BLACK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A few months ago, Edward Enninful became the first Black Editor-in-Chief of Vogue UK. For his first ever September issue, he chose none other that Queen Rihanna herself, who is the first black woman to cover the September issue in at least 10 years.
Rihanna Rules! @badgalriri covers my first September issue of @britishvogue, styled by moi and shot by @nick_knight, on newsstands Friday August 3. @badgalriri wears a @prada dress and gloves and @savagexfenty lace body. Hair by @yusefhairnyc, make-up by @isamayaffrench using @fentybeauty, floral artistry by @azumamakoto, nails by @jennynails and set design by @tomotattle. Read my editor’s letter at vogue.co.uk now.
2. TYLER MITCHELL BECOMES THE FIRST BLACK PHOTOGRAPHER TO EVER SHOOT A VOGUE MAGAZINE COVER
Beyoncé was the cover star for THE September issue of Vogue USA and had unprecedented power over its creative direction. She is the only black woman to cover a Vogue USA September issue for the past 9 years — she covered the September 2015 issue, which was five years after Halle Berry became the first black women to EVER cover the magazine’s September issue.
3. BEYONCE FEATURED A BLACK DESIGNER IN HER VOGUE SPREAD
Beyonce complimented her subtle hair and glam with a range of gorgeous looks and glamorous head pieces. She was sure to include an all-white suit by black designer Wales Bonner in her lineup of looks.
@beyonce wears a custom Wales Bonner satin nehru suit embroidered with cowrie shells and @swarovski crystals in the September issue of @voguemagazine Photograph by our friend @tylersphotos Styling @tonnegood In her own words, “It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.” #newreal #gratitude 🐝
4. EBONY USES BLACK STYLIST FOR COVER SHOOT
Quite frankly, Ebony deserves to top this list because their publication serves to exhibit the power of #BlackGirlMagic in every issue. But this particular issue had an extra spark of black girl magic as the legendary Shiona Turini was selected to style Issa Rae for the cover.
Black Magic || @issarae for the cover of @ebonymagazine. The epitome of #blackgirlmagic and embodiment of #younggiftedandblack. So proud to have played a part in this queens story for such a historic publication ✊🏾 So much love to @lovingyourhair @joannasimkin @amprgroup, the entire Ebony team and of course Issa – you will forever be my fave Awkward Black Girl.
5. BLACK TRANSWOMAN JANET MOCK INTERVIEWS ZENDAYA FOR COVER STORY
Zendaya made history all on her own by being the first black woman to cover the September Issue of Marie Claire magazine in at least 10 years. But this victory was given even bigger merit when black transwoman Janet Mock, who directed the hit series Pose alongside Ryan Murphy, was selected to interview Zendaya for the cover story.
6. SLICK WOODS IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO COVER ELLE UK PREGNANT
Not only is Slick Woods the only black woman to cover a September issue of Elle UK in at least 10 years, but she is the only cover girl in at least 10 years to cover the magazine pregnant.
7. TIFFANY HADDISH IS THE ONLY BLACK WOMAN TO COVER THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF GLAMOUR SINCE 2011
Tiffany Haddish is the first to conquer this feat since Rihanna in 2011. Before Rihanna, JLo covered the September issue in 2010.
“I was low on the totem pole. Now I’m number, like, three on the call sheet. It’s a whole other ballpark.” 👑 On the cover of our September issue, Hollywood’s most unfiltered star, @TiffanyHaddish, has words for everyone—including those who-bit-Beyoncé conspiracy theorists. Read her full interview at the #linkinbio. PHOTO BY @billykiddstudio STYLED BY @luxurylaw MAKEUP BY @makeupbydionne
8. TRACEE ELLIS ROSS IS THE FIRST BLACK (& AMERICAN) WOMAN TO COVER ELLE CANADA IN AT LEAST 10 YEARS
Gracing the cover of Elle Canada as an American native is challenging as is. But can you believe that the first Black woman to cover the September issue in the 2010’s isn’t a Canadian native but our very own Tracee Ellis Ross?!
OMG ~ so excited to be the september 2018 @ellecanada cover girl! link in bio —— “Everybody has different choices, but my desire is to have the life that I’ve lived, all that I’ve done to learn the things that I’ve learned, all the hard lessons I need to own beaming through me and out of my face and out of my body. The history of what I come from—my heartbreaks and my joys—all of it is living in my face. All of those things have made me the woman I am.” —— wearing a @prabalgurung sweater & @simonmillerusa earrings photographer: @ninomunoz editor-in-chief: @vanessacraft art director: @jedtallo stylist: @elainejyll hair: @larryjarahsims makeup: @lisastoreymakeup nails: @nailbaby_maho #ELLECanadaxTracee