This is the cover of Teen Vogue’s August issue. Yes, this is the same Teen Vogue that came under fire just last week for excluding more women of color in a black hair-centric editorial.
The cover features 3 up and coming models of color (Imaan Hammam, Lineisy Montero and Aya Jones) and the same editor behind the controversial Senegalese twist editorial, Elaine Welteroth, is responsible for making this happen.
The piece describes the three beauties as rising stars in the modeling world who are changing the face of the industry;
“Egyptian-Moroccan Imaan Hammam is a breakout star who landed a career-defining Givenchy campaign and her first Vogue cover. French-Ivorian beauty Aya Jones walked in an astounding 47 runway shows. And Dominican stunner Lineisy Montero kicked off her modeling career on the lauded Prada runway (she, along with Aya and Imaan, are among a small cadre of black models to grace the influential catwalk since Naomi Campbell in the ’90s). Each accomplishment plays a major role in a progressive sea change that positions diverse faces at the forefront of fashion.”
The beautifully done piece calls to mind i‑D magazine’s September 2009 “Pretty Young Things” cover which featured all black models and rightfully declared them industry up-and-comers. Sessilee Lopez, Arlenis Sosa Pena — and Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman in particular — have all gone on to have incredible success.
What do you think of the new covers?