In a recent interview with Pride magazine, actress Thandie Newton was quite vocal about her disappointment with not having graced the cover of Vogue magazine, along with many other black women for that matter.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, Thandie told the mag:
“Don’t get me started on black people being on the cover on big magazines. It’s so preposterous. I mean, I’ve been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar four times; I’ve been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once.
“And people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, ‘What have you got against Vogue that you don’t want to be on their cover?’ And I just laugh.
“They [Vogue] don’t feel the need to represent because it doesn’t make any sense to them. It’s just baffling to me, but as usual America will dictate the ways things go and a magazine like Vogue will just follow America,” she said. “But it’s like, don’t you want to trail blaze?”
I hear you Thandie. A writer for Shadow and Act seems to think the “For Colored Girls” star is just throwing a typical celebrity rant, saying, “In my opinion, Newton should be satisfied with all that she’s been able to do so far, because there are many white actresses who haven’t even made the cover of Vogue, let alone a black one,” but I disagree.
Just because she’s been able to accomplish a lot doesn’t mean she should be content with not being able to do more. And if Vogue indeed does have an issue putting black women on their covers and in the pages of their issues, which many have claimed before, they need to be called out.
Should Thandie just be satisfied that she’s covered Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle or is she right about Vogue and their lack of black representation?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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