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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

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Introducing Town & Country’s September 2020 Issue, starring actress, producer, and director @kerrywashington! Washington’s latest project, The Fight, is a documentary that focuses on the work of ACLU lawyers during the Trump administration, and Washington spoke with @sarahelizabethlewis1 about both her work in entertainment and her passion for justice. Throughout the pages you’ll also find a story on the pleasures of haute fashion by @babylynnieland; @seligsonh’s piece on deep-pocketed families that are fleeing cities and setting up new lives behind privet hedges; a celebration of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and their signature work, Revelations; and so much more. Our cover shoot this month was carried out entirely over video chat, including photography, styling, makeup, and hair. Click the link in our bio to read the full cover story, photographed by @abdmstudio, styled by @luxurylaw, hair by @takishahair, makeup by @carolagmakeup.

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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

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🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 💥💥💥💥We couldn’t wait until September to share our September/October Edition of Sheen Magazine. It’s just too good! When you have @brandy on your cover, you can’t loose! Since the 90’s Multi Platinum recording artist Brandy Norwood has been one of the most stable and vital representations of BROWN GIRLS GLOBALLY. As an icon and as a woman, she has stood out BOLDLY in front to be everything we’ve ever needed in an R&B powerhouse. With her 7th Studio Album B7, dominating all billboard R&B charts, she has proven to be SUPERNOVA that we knew she would when we first met her in 1993. Currently Brandy is now the most streamed 90’s female R&B singer in the HISTORY OF BILLBOARD. So without further adieu, our latest cover girl BRANDY!! On August 25th run and don’t walk to Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Walgreens, and Target to grab your copy today! Cover Article Written by Phil Taitt @philtaitt Photos by Derek Blanks @mrdblanks

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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

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For the first time in 20 years, @oprah has given up her O Magazine cover to honor Breonna Taylor. She says, “Breonna Taylor. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about Oprah’s tribute to Breonna—and her recent conversation with her mother, Tamika Palmer. Breonna: This one’s for you 🙏🏽 The September issue will be available wherever you buy or download your magazines on 8/11. (🎨: @alexis_art)

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Janelle Monáe for Shape Magazine


Mayowa Nicholas for Vogue Japan


Lala Anthony for Essence Magazine

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For almost two decades, @Lala has made strides in Hollywood amassing an array of titles—best-selling author, actress, designer, producer and queen of the multihyphenates. She’s done all this while being a mom, advocating for Afro-Latinas and breaking out of the boxes folks have been trying to put her in. Seeking balance in the midst of a global pandemic, La La has used this time to not only work on her upcoming projects, but also to practice some self-care. “My thing is, the world’s going to beat us up enough, so we’ve got to love on ourselves a little bit more than we have been.” Tap the link in our bio for more on our Sept/Oct issue where La La talks about her new show on Starz, finding success on her own terms and more. Talent: @lala Chief Content & Creative Officer: @MoanaLuu  Deputy Editor: @alliemcgev Cover Story By: @alliemcgev Creative Director: @nialawrence_nyc Entertainment Director: @corimurray  Photographer @jdthecombo Videographer: @jeanlondondia Fashion Stylist @jasonrembert Hair Stylist @cesar4styles  Make Up Artist @rokealbeauty Produced by: @jbthegawd Social Media: @randa_writes

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Cardi B for Elle Magazine

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Time to party with Cardi. Introducing our September 2020 cover star, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar aka the inimitable @iamcardib. Chances are you've heard (blasted, replayed, and then played again) #WAP, her hit new single with the @theestallion about, ahem, 💦😜.  Or maybe you've caught her championing Medicare-for-all with @berniesanders in a nail salon. Now, in conversation with @marjon_carlos, the self-described “regular, degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx” opens up about her new music, marriage to #Offset, and why she wishes more male rappers were demanding justice for #BreonnaTaylor. See link in bio for full interview. ELLE September 2020:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Creative Director: Stephen Gan Cover star: @iamcardib⁣ Written by: @marjon_carlos⁣ Photographer: @stevenkleinstudio⁣ Stylist: @kollincarter⁣ Fashion Director: @alexwhiteedits Hair: @tokyostylez Makeup: @erika_lapearl_mua Nails: @nailson7th

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