Four stars – Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Joan Smalls and Kanye West – appeared on American Vogue covers last year out of a total of fifteen overall, the rest of whom were white.
However, only Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o were given solo Vogue covers; Kanye West was joined by his wife Kim Kardashian and Joan Smalls appeared with fellow supermodels Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss.
Rihanna was on American Vogue in the month of March 2014, Kanye West graced the cover with Kim Kardashian in April 2014, Lupita Nyong’o donned the July 2014 cover and last but not the least Joan Smalls appeared on the cover of Vogue‘s September issue, along with Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss
In 2013, Michelle Obama and Beyonce were the only black women to appear on the publication’s cover. In 2012, Serena Williams took the sole spot and in 2011, it was Rihanna.
When Halle Berry covered Vogue‘s most important volume of the year – the September issue in 2010, she became the first woman of color to do so since Naomi Campbell in 1989.
Last year’s performance, however, puts American Vogue head-and-shoulders above other high-fashion publications in terms of diversity on it’s covers.
However, Vogue UK, which did not featured a solo model of color on it’s cover in about twelve years, has Jourdan Dunn on there February 2014 issue.
Last month, a survey was conducted to assessed forty four major print publications across the globe to determine which magazines did and did not feature models from a minority background on their cover at some point in 2014.
White models were found to appear five hundred and sixty seven times out of six hundred and eleven total covers, while people of color made the cut just a hundred and nineteen times, nearly five times less overall.
Top magazines like Bazaar U.S. and Bazaar UK, Vogue UK, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Paris, Vogue Ukraine, Vogue Russia and Teen Vogue all failed to use a woman of minority on their covers at all in 2014.
American Vogue used more black coverstars in 2014 than it ever has before in a single year. Four stars - Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o, Joan Smalls and K...3.5