Carmen Van Kerckhove from New Demographic recently wrote about Michelle Obama’s Vogue Cover.
In case anyone is wondering what’s so utterly remarkable about having Michelle Obama model the cover of Vogue, consider the fashion magazine’s blighted past in matters of race.
Vogue has a history of publishing disquieting images of black people, so the March cover — showing Michelle Obama in a healthy, glowing, glamorous light — is a definite departure for the magazine.
Traditionally, Vogue has thrown a spotlight on very few faces of color. In the last decade, only five covers have featured blacks: Oprah in November 1998, Halle Berry in December 2002, Liya Kebede in May 2005, Jennifer Hudson in February 2007, and Lebron James in April 2008. And during the past 80 years, only 18 of Vogue’s covers – that’s less than 2% — have featured black women.
I couldn’t agree more. I’m sure many of you heard about the inexcusable LeBron James/Giselle Bundchen cover. This past July, I wrote about Vogue Italia and their salute to Black models. While I was excited to see the images of Black beauty, it didn’t change the fact that a.-we still had yet to see something of its kind in American Vogue, and b.-every other ad still featured mostly White women.
But with Michelle on the cover of this month’s Vogue, perhaps there is progress in the air.
And it looks beautiful.