I’m shaking my head a little as I write this because as word is spreading around the Internet that Halle Berry will be the cover girl for an upcoming issue of Vogue magazine, it’s also ground-breaking news that this will be the first time since 1989 that a black woman has graced the cover of the coveted September issue.

The September issue is the most important of the year as it showcases the autumn/winter trends, and brings in the maximum revenue for Vogue with most pages of advertising.

While Vogue has had black women on the cover before, the numbers are few and far between. In 1974, Beverly Johnson was the first black woman on a Vogue cover. Naomi Campbell was the September 1989 cover model.

Other black women on Vogue covers:

Peggy Dillard – August 1977

Shari Belafonte – June 1986

Louise Vyent – February 1987

Kara Young – October 1988

Karen Alexander – January 1989

Naomi Campbell – June 1993

Kiara – July 1997

Oprah Winfrey – October 1998

Marion Jones – January 2001

Liya Kebede – May 2005

Jennifer Hudson – March 2007

Michelle Obama – March 2009

Beyonce – April 2009

Halle also appeared on Vogue‘s December cover in 2002.

How’s that for a track record? Will you pick up Vogue because Halle is on the cover?

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