15 Of Our Favorite Magazine Covers Featuring Black Women In 2015

October 20, 2015  |  
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There used to be a time when the only magazines that featured Black women on their cover were Ebony, Essence, Jet, and Vibe. Well, times have changed, and Black women of all shades, ages, and sizes are showing up and showing out on a variety of mainstream magazines all over newsstands. We’re being represented just about everywhere. Let’s take a look at the top 15 covers of the year so far.


Glamour May 2015

When Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Michelle Obama teamed up to bring attention to Joining Forces, the initiative that supports military families, we knew their campaign would be pretty fierce, and their Glamour magazine cover was just that. The women coordinated their designer outfits and served up some gorgeous faces for the cause.

Vanity Fair November 2015

Rihanna has graced the cover of nearly every popular magazine there is. But her November Vanity Fair feature shows us Rihanna in a place we’ve never seen her before: Havana, Cuba. With a return to her fiery red mane from the Loud era, RiRi is as gorgeous as ever as she preps the release of her eighth studio album, Anti.


Essence October 2015

Essence can always be counted on to showcase successful Black women. This month’s October issue featured an array of leading ladies. But TV mogul Shonda Rhimes stood out the most on her cover. Beautiful, slimmed down, and dressed to the nines.

Vogue April 2015

Serena Williams is having a great year. She has become an international symbol of empowerment, success, and dedication.  She has also had the chance to grace the cover of Vogue and look stunning while doing so.


Vogue September 2015

Even between albums, Beyoncé is making history. This time, it was for being only the third Black woman ever to cover the magazine’s prestigious September issue. The feature was accompanied by a think piece that focused on the greatness of Queen Bey, who chose not to be interviewed because, in all honesty, she can do whatever she wants.

Shape September 2015

With her perfectly toned body and rigorous workout routine, it is a no-brainer that Ciara would grace the cover of Shape magazine. In the cover story, CiCi revealed how she lost 60lbs of baby weight in four months and some of her best dieting tricks (drink a gallon of water a day for starters).

Dazed Autumn 2015

An actress and activist far beyond her years, Amandla Stenberg has made a name for herself by speaking out against misogynoir and cultural appropriation. Her profound Dazed cover features a close-up shot of Stenberg’s face covered in the words of activist Angela Davis: “We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.”

Essence May 2015

When Essence put the spotlight on a few generations of Black creators, the impact was heard all around the country. The powerhouse cover featured a who’s who of Black directors, producers, and writers in their best white outfits: Selma director Ava DuVernay, Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil, legendary director Debbie Allen, showrunner and writer, Shonda Rhimes, and the creator of the upcoming HBO show Insecure, Issa Rae.

W August 2015

Taraji P. Henson is having the biggest year of her career thanks to her character, Cookie Lyons, on the megahit show, Empire. She has graced the cover of many magazines in 2015, but the playful, sensual vibe of Henson is best displayed on this W magazine cover.

Essence May 2015

Essence continues to churn out the most breathtaking covers of the year. The cast of Orange Is the New Black is definitely giving us squad goals, but Essence helped them achieve maximum glo up in these fierce orange ensembles. Look at those cheekbones!

Ebony May 2015

Everyone and their mother was talking about this Ebony cover featuring the queen of gossip, Wendy Williams. They took the talk show host to the next level of glam, with a stunning white gown, a complementary curly ‘do and a look that was quite regal.

Variety September 2015

Of the many Viola Davis magazine covers this year, this Variety cover, taken after her history-making Emmy win, resonated as the actress was showcased with her natural hair. Her gorgeous skin was brought to the next level by the glittering backdrop and Davis looked heavenly against the white flowers in the foreground.

Time April 2015

A beyond talented, history-making ballerina, Misty Copeland was one of a handful of influential people who earned a cover of the coveted “Most Influential” issue. This was the first time in a generation that a dancer made the cover of Time.

Marie Claire May 2015

The eclectic and multi-talented Zoe Kravitz is one of the few Black women to grace the cover of a major magazine with braids. The fashionable singer and actress is a driven trendsetter who’s making a name for herself outside of her famous parents, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz.

Vogue October 2015

Lupita Nyong’o is easily one of the most beautiful and stylish women in Hollywood, and magazines have taken note since she stepped on the scene. This is the second Vogue cover for the Star Wars actress in what we hope will be many covers done with the fashion magazine.

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