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We Love To See It: See How These Stars Brought Black Beauty To Coveted September Covers

We Love To See It: See How These Stars Brought Black Beauty To Coveted September Covers


The past few months have been extra hard on Black people. Many of our favorite stars who happen to cover many of this year’s September issues have shared with us their experiences in a time like this as well as used the avenue to create conversations around racial injustice. All while serving high fashion and class!

What is the September issue?

Every month, magazines churn out a new edition of their publication. The September issue is basically the September edition. September issue 2020.

But what makes it different, what is the hype about?

Anna Wintour

In 2009, film director, R.J. Cutler featured Vogue’s editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour in a documentary titled The September Issue. The documentary centered around Anna’s preparation for the 2007 September issue of Vogue. While the documentary received wide acclaim including 5 nominations and 2 awards, the documentary only helped to increase the popularity of an issue that was already high up on the expectations scale.

For New York Times writer, Alexandra Jacobs, the issue signifies the end of a lazy summer and the beginning of life’s many duties. “Even after one outgrows Seventeen and its ilk, a September issue signals ‘back to school.’ Autumn is the time of important cultural happenings, of re-engaging with the outside world and the intellect, after the sanctioned mindlessness and insularity of summer,” he said.

Beyonce for Vogue, September 2018

In the year 2018, more black people were seen on the covers of many magazines. During that time black celebrities like Beyoncé, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, Tiffany Haddish, and Kanye West dominated the cover September issues, challenging the stereotype that black people simply do not sell magazines. September issue 2020.

On the road to racial justice for all people of color, many more high fashion magazines have made efforts to show their commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of these efforts, black celebrities and models have been revealed as the cover star of coveted September issues, from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar. We’ve spotted a good number of our faves including Nigerian stars like Burna Boy and quite honestly, it’s all been such a beauty to behold. September issue 2020.

Check out some stunning black stars covering coveted September issues…

Rihanna for Harpers Bazaar


Kerry Washington for Town and Country


Black activists for British Vogue

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Introducing the first global #VogueHope issue, @BritishVogue’s September 2020 issue, featuring a special fold-out cover starring 20 inspirational activists dedicated to making a change. ⠀ ⠀ First up: model and activist @AdwoaAboah, who has used her visibility to change perceptions around mental health, most notably through her platform @GurlsTalk; and international footballer and child poverty campaigner @MarcusRashford, who recently lobbied for the UK government to fund free school meals for vulnerable children. From individuals committed to tackling systemic racism and disability discrimination to domestic abuse, gender inequality and the climate crisis, @AfuaHirsch meets activists making a difference the world over. Swipe up to see the full cover and portfolio from the latest issue of #BritishVogue — on newsstands and available for digital download on 7 August. ⠀ ⠀ Featuring:⠀ @MarcusRashford⠀ @AdwoaAboah⠀ ⠀ Second cover, from top left:⠀ @Meenals_World⠀ @TamikaDMallory⠀ @RizAhmed⠀ @JanetMock⠀ Professor Angela Davis⠀ Jane Elliott⠀ Alice Wong @Disability_Visibility⠀ @IJesseWilliams⠀ @JoanSmalls⠀ ⠀ Third cover, from top left:⠀ @ReniEddoLodge⠀ Yvette Williams @OfficialJ4G⠀ @IAmPatrickHutchinson⠀ @OsopePatrisse⠀ @ClaraAmfo⠀ @BerniceAKing⠀ @JanayaTheFuture⠀ @FDwyer1980⠀ Brittany Packnett Cunningham @MsPackyetti⠀ ⠀ #MarcusRashford wearing @R13, @AColdWall & @Churchs and #AdwoaAboah wearing @Fenty, @Martine_Rose, @LockHatters, @Osoi_Official & @SLJLondon, photographed by @MisanHarriman and styled by @ItsDWallace, with hair by @EarlSimms2 and makeup by @CeliaBurtonMakeUp. With additional cover photography by @PhilipDanielDucasse, @KingTexas, @ChriseanRose, @EddieH__ and @KidNoble.

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Janet Mock for Marie Claire


Brandy for Sheen Magazine


Burna Boy for Guardian Weekend


Ilhan Omar for Vogue Arabia

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Somali-American congresswoman Ilhan Omar has just won her congressional primary, thus informally securing a hold on Minnesota's historically Democratic-run 5th district. Omar's win against a well-funded candidate, is the latest in a strong string of re-elections alongside that of @rashidatlaib and @aoc, sending an unmistakable message about the staying power of the party's newest voices. “This election isn’t about me," @ilhanmn said in a statement after her win. "It’s about standing up to a President who promised to ban an entire group of people from this country based solely on their Muslim identity. It’s about standing up for the basic human rights around the world." Head to to read more. #VogueArabia  فازت عضوة الكونغرس الصومالية الأمريكية إلهان عمر للتو في الانتخابات التمهيدية للكونغرس، وبالتالي ضمنت بشكل غير رسمي سيطرتها على الدائرة الخامسة في ولاية مينيسوتا التي يديريها الديمقراطيون منذ أمد. ويعد فوز إلهان على مرشح حظى بتمويل جيد، أقوى حدث وقع مؤخراً خلال عملية إعادة الانتخابات إلى جانب فوز النائبتين رشيدة طليب وألكساندريا أوكاسيو – كورتيز، مما يبعث برسالة لا لبس فيها حول بقاء أحدث الأصوات في الحزب. وقد صرحت إلهان في بيان لها بعد فوزها: “هذه الانتخابات لا تتعلق بي بل بالوقوف في وجه رئيس وعد بمنع جماعة كاملة من الناس من هذا البلد على أساس هويتهم الإسلامية فقط والدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان الأساسية في جميع أنحاء العالم“. تفضلي بزيارة موقعنا لقراءة المزيد عن هذا الموضوع. #ڤوغ_العربية  📷: @stacyzaringoldberg

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Tessa Thompson for Porter Magazine


Zendaya for InStyle Magazine


Breona Taylor for Oprah Magazine


Janelle Monáe for Shape Magazine


Mayowa Nicholas for Vogue Japan


Lala Anthony for Essence Magazine


Cardi B for Elle Magazine

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