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Vogue Features an Actual Black Woman with Cornrows on Its Cover

Avatar • Mar 7, 2016

The fashion industry seems determined to celebrate cornrows on everyone BUT black women. But Vogue Spain made a statement by featuring Ivorian-British model Aya Jones on its cover rocking the style with the tagline, “Black is Beautiful.”

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There is no pain in the imagery, or frustration at seeing a non-black woman praised as edgy, cool or exotic for doing what is common for black women. Instead, it calls to mind a black beauty practice that is as much about community and tradition as it is about hair care.

The corresponding editorial is entitled “The Queen of Africa” and was shot in Botswana. Hair stylist Karim Belghiran shared an image on his Instagram page working on Jones’ hair with the help of local Botswana women;

#bts @voguespain Botswana situations. When the time it’s against you and end up with an amazing team to do the cover look with @iamayajones Thanks to everybody in #jaocamp @belenantolin”

https://www.instagram.com/karimbelghiran/

https://www.instagram.com/karimbelghiran/

The editorial was shot by photographer Nico Bustos and styled by Belen Antolín. Makeup is by Jurgen Braun. Check out some of the stunning images.

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

Vogue Spain

See more images here. Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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Chevanne
4 years ago

I’d really love for a shoot of any kind involving an African country to be shot on a gorgeous beach or in front of an architectural landmark. A library or museum would be even better. They have those, you know.

Yemi
Yemi
4 years ago
Reply to  Chevanne

Thank you! I appreciate the beauty of the pictures but these African safari type photoshoots have been done to DEATH. Vogue editorial staffers should be ashamed of themselves for being so creatively lazy and resorting to tired af visuals. I’m African and there is so much more to our continent than this.

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Cosita
Cosita
4 years ago

My favorite is her in the hat.

beatCHILLZ dot COM
4 years ago

yeah call me when you want to post actual black women.…naomi campbell skin tone or darker :/

Brianna Nicolas
Brianna Nicolas
4 years ago

Wow! Thank you massa!

MidwestNija
MidwestNija
4 years ago

This is amazing. This looks like us. Like Africa. Africa is beautiful. We are beautiful. We are are desirable.

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