Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:34

Are Black Women ‘In Vogue’?

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By Pheobe Park

Controversial pop star Rihanna makes her British Vogue cover debut in November’s Issue. Rihanna is not new to the life of a cover girl; she featured in April with striking red hair and a lace gown. With women of colour always underrepresented in the media, does Rihanna cover make a refreshing change?


Rihanna wears Armani Prive couture, a short Marylin Monroe-esque wig and was shot by the legendary Mario Testino.


Rihanna’s cover was surrounded by controversy, including rumours that her skin had been lightened, to fit in with typical Vogue cover girls, the controversy was addressed by UK Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman:

"The reality is that the pictures that were published came in exactly how they have been published - with absolutely no skin lightening," Shulman said. "If her skin does look pale it is probably because of the very strong sunlight in LA that day. We worked with her chosen hair and make-up team to present her in the way she was most comfortable with."


Despite the controversy, Rihanna looks stunning on the cover, and so do these legendary cover girls of colour:



October 1998 wearing Ralph Lauren

Michelle Obama


Michelle Obama features on the Vogue cover in March 2009 magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu who also designed her inaugural gown.



Beyonce features in April 2009, in the controversial ‘Shape’ Issue

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  • Comment Link Markham Saturday, 22 October 2011 23:38 posted by Markham

    haha! from a distance i had no idea that was rihanna...she's looks white as snow with that blonde hair! hmm..


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