Race diversity has increased by over 30% on this year's September covers


It's a time for revolution

 Photo source: Elle

Photo source: Elle

Everyone knows by now September issues are the most important in the fashion calendar, it’s also no secret the fashion industry struggles with diversity and while we usually see a sea of 'white' covers, this September we are happy to say diversity stole the show.

Fashionista.com did a little research and found this year 54.5% of September issues showcased people of colour on their cover and to put it in perspective, this is a 32.3% increase from last year.

This is great news because it proves progress is being made and conversations about diversity aren’t falling on deaf ears.  Because in 2017 things looked a little different, Fashionista found only 33.3% of September covers featured people of colour.

This year, Marie Claire had Zendaya, Kanye West and his brood covered Harper’s Bazaar, Tiffany Haddish fronted Glamour; Letitia Wright for W and Vanessa Hudgens for Cosmopolitan. Of course, this year the biggest hype surrounded Beyoncé on the cover of American Vogue.

 Porter Magazine, September 2018

Porter Magazine, September 2018

 Harper's Bazaar US, September 2018

Harper's Bazaar US, September 2018

 

However, it wasn’t just America that surpassed expectations but globally it appears diversity has made its true début for the first time.

To name a few, Naomi Campbell graced Vogue Paris, Tracee Ellis Ross fronted Elle Canada and Nicki Minaj covered Vogue Arabia.

While it‘s refreshing to see brands finally understand the power of diversity, we would be hard pressed if we failed to mention the lack of Asian representation.

But hey progress is being made and that should be celebrated.
Hopefully, it can only get better from here.


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