Why Teen Vogue's August 2015 Cover Is the Best Thing Ever
When it comes to diversity, there's no denying that the fashion industry doesn't exactly have what we'd call the best track record. With many models of color still having to bring their own foundation to shoots (really?) and the fact that reportedly only 17 of the 482 models on this season's couture runway were black, the fashion industry still has a ways to go - but Teen Vogue's latest cover is a huge step in the right direction.
Vogue's little sister publication has long been known for being a powerhouse at featuring models before they make it big-time, (remember that 2008 cover featuring Karlie Kloss, Ali Michael and Chanel Iman?) but their latest cover full of fresh faces is different for one major reason: Not a single one of the three models featured on the August 2015 cover is white.
The three up-and-coming models are Imaan Hammam, who is of Egyptian-Moroccan descent, Dominican Lineisy Montero, and Aya Jones, who is French-Ivorian. All three models have impressive (read: #goals) resumes, from walking the Victoria's Secret Runway to a Vogue cover to a Givenchy campaign - it's safe to say this won't be the only time you'll see their stunning faces!
It's also worth noting that each model rocks her gorgeous natural hair on the cover, which critics have often noticed is typically not represented in most fashion editorials even those where a black model is featured.
While the industry obviously still has a long way to go, we're hoping that this is the push that fashion needs so that eventually, everyone can see someone on the cover of a magazine, on the runway or in a high fashion ad campaign that looks like them - regardless of their skin tone.