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I don’t care what anyone says. These last few months have been great ones for women looking for representation on the covers of magazines they dole out their hard-earned coins for. Beyoncé, Taraji, Viola, Kerry, Lupita, Gina (Rodriguez) and now Ava DuVernay. The Selma director’s ELLE cover for the Women in Hollywood issue is not only a big deal because it was fabulously shot (by Paola Kudacki), but because those behind the camera rarely get to shine front and center. DuVernay recognized the significance of such an opportunity when she shared the ELLE cover with her followers on Twitter.

Well, represent, Ava!

DuVernay also looks radiant inside the mag, switching out stark white for a beautiful black number and a fierce face.

The beauty’s cover is one of eight in total. Other starlets representing in their own way include Salma Hayek, Kate Winslet and comedienne Amy Schumer. But if it’s okay to be bias (just kidding, I don’t care), I would have to say that DuVernay’s cover is the best. Who else could stand out in white on white? That expression! Those curves! That Calvin Klein dress! The Balmain earring! That fresh loc groom!

Big ups to this beautiful queen.

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