Report: Magazine Covers Were More Diverse Than Ever In 2016

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According to The Fashion Spot‘s yearly diversity report, magazines were more diverse this year than ever before, particularly in terms of race. That’s good news for anyone who has been seeking more representation on magazine covers.


TFS counted 679 cover models on 48 top international fashion publications and found that this year, in terms of usage of plus-size models, only six of the 679 magazine issues distributed featured a woman over the size of 12. But when it came to race, there was a shift. Twenty-nine percent of cover models were women of color. It was a 6.2 increase from last year’s numbers. And that 29 percent was a big jump from 2014, when women of color were featured only 17.4 percent of the time. In plain numbers, 197 nonwhite models covered magazines in comparison to 482 White ones. The Fashion Spot pointed out that certain magazines were very sparse in terms of their diversity. That includes LOVE (which reportedly hasn’t had a single model of color on the cover in three years) and Harper’s Bazaar. And while Vogue U.S. shook things up when it came to their covers, their Germany, Netherlands, Russia and British versions didn’t. Publications who were in the forefront of having models of color on the cover of their glossies included Vogue‘s Taiwan and India issues, Paper magazine and Teen Vogue.

We definitely noticed the increase in Black beauties fronting some of your favorite magazines this year. Here are a few of our favorite covers featuring Black women from 2016:

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