Hopefully you’ve read my earlier post on this, “#TBT Black model spotting in magazine features in 2016 Part 1“. If not, take a look!
I like it when magazines try to acknowledge the diversity of their readership and communicate that diversity is beautiful. In this continuation I’ll be looking at Vogue Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar (UK editions) which are all magazines I subscribe to.
The February 2016 Vogue had two features worth mentioning. The first stood out for me as the whole “New Beginnings” fashion feature was centred around two curly-haired beauties. I’m always looking for curly hair in magazines having grown up being told by the media that only straight hair is beautiful (which is not true of course). There is also an ethnic mix between the two models. Then, the “Colour by Numbers” feature was solely fronted by Linesy Montero who was in high demand in 2015 into 2016 so hopefully that will continue this year.
In March’s edition we saw Pooja Mor in the “Kind of Blue” fashion feature and she was also rocking gorgeous curls. Clearly 2016 was a good year for curls in Vogue! Finally, I’ve shared with you a few pages from the Vogue 100 Classic Pieces fashion feature.
Harper’s Bazaar in February 2016 featured an image of Lineisy Montero backstage at the Chloe show. Not groundbreaking but I mention it because the image is beautiful and wanted an excuse to share it. Then in March we got lots of Lineisy! She was the sole model for the beauty feature “Spring’s Fresh Face” and was one of three models in the “Under Construction” fashion feature. As with everything in Bazaar, the models and the images were just so beautiful. In April, a model with hair that resembles my current curl pattern showed us the “10 things we love”, “we” being Bazaar and hopefully the reader too. For some reason I didn’t keep the page with items 9 & 10 therefore I lost the name of the model. Finally, September’s edition features Alecia Morais wearing her natural hair (as far as I can tell) in the atmospheric fashion feature called “Brave the Elements”.
I would ask Harper’s Bazaar to keep up the good work – I want to keep seeing women I can relate to.
It’s clear that I love physical magazines – reading on a tablet is just not the same. By now you’re probably wondering whether I also read magazines aimed specifically at black women and the answer is yes! I regularly buy and read Black Beauty & Hair, Black Hair and New African Woman and have started reading and liking Pride Magazine so will definitely buy more. Are there any others you would recommend?