You don’t have to be a complete fashion maven to know that there’s a ton of glossy magazine’s that usually feature a person on the cover. Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle, Allure, W, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan make up just ten of the fashion industry’s leading magazines. They’re all also the ten magazines that have been examined in Fashionista’s yearly report on diversity on magazine covers.
With so many covers to go around, you’d think these magazine brands would find it easy to put Latinas and other women of color on their covers, but the numbers say it just isn’t so.
In an investigation into what mags put the most women of color on their covers, Fashionista found a decline in overall diversity.
On Monday, Fashionista reviewed 154 covers from the issues of Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Vogue, and W. In place of the now shuttered print edition of Nylon, the site substituted the magazine with the covers of Marie Claire. According to the study, the site found a drop in the number of nonwhite people included on the covers of these magazines. Last year, 51 out of 155 reviewed covers, or 32.9 percent, had people of color. This year the number teetered down to 49 out of 154 covers, or 31.8 percent.
The dip in accurate representation failed in doing the Latina accomplishments of this year justice.
Latinas and the other women of color who help make up the entertainment and fashion industries are still struggling in these realms, but they do exist. In fact: A-list stars like Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Camilla Cabello have all arguably had some of the biggest and most impactful moments in entertainment this year. (Read: Puerto Rican hurricane relief, #MeToo movement, mental health awareness impact, mental health advocacy, and a music industry takedown) But despite these influences, “Big Little Lies” star Nicole Kidman marked the most covers with four magazine features, followed by Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Gal Gadot, Chrissy Teigen, Zendaya, and Solange. Each women, it should be noted, marked three covers of their own.
(So, por favor explain: how is J.LO not going to make at least 100 plus covers???)
It’s a small decline, but one with significant impact nonetheless.
Now, not every woman or young girl picks up a fashion magazine. But even they will come across these covers in bookstores, in airport terminals, and on social media. And the pattern of seeing white woman after white woman marking these covers, while the rest of nonwhite women are left behind does send several high impact messages to these audiences that are the exact opposite of the truth. The absence of Latina, Black, Asian and trans women on these covers tells us that we are not a priority, that we are not important, and that we do not make enough of an impact to be celebrated on the likes of Vogue.
Besides, we all know Latinas, women of color, and trans women are running this.
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Tell me I’m wrong.
Here’s to 2018, another chance for magazines to do things the right way!