2021 Magazine Covers Diversity Report

2021 magazine covers

Vogue September 2021 by Ethan James Green; Image: Vogue

When it concerns variety, fashion infamously drags other markets. But with the defend racial justice taking spotlight in 2015, things lastly began to alter in 2020 Thankfully, that alter continued this year. At least when it concerned 2021 publication covers. We’ll definitely take it.

We saw a little uptick in racial variety on 2021 publication covers. While not as big of a boost as compared to 2019 and 2020, things are still trending in the ideal instructions. There was more size and gender variety on covers this year, too. Although age representation took a nosedive. (There’s a rational factor behind the plunge, however more on that later on.)

Of course, the continuous pandemic continues to present obstacles. But timeless photoshoots rebounded in 2021 after numerous fashion publications needed to forgo them in2020 Sadly, some fashion publications weren’t able to weather the storm. American MarieClaire, for instance, went strictly digital. So as an outcome of whatever that occurred this year, there were less cover looks for designs than in 2015.

Read on to discover how the 2021 publication covers fared on the variety front throughout all classifications.


2021 magazine covers

Vogue Japan September 2021 by Luigi & & Iango; Image: Vogue Japan

We taken a look at 685 cover looks throughout 48 significant publication titles and discovered a little spike in representation. This year saw 52.9 percent designs of color compared to in 2015’s 48.8 percent. That’s an uptick of a little over 4 points.

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Percentage of nonwhite cover designs on leading global fashion publications, 2014 through 2021

This boost was smaller sized than the one that occurred in between 2019 and 2020, when there was close to a 12- point rise in designs of color. Still, this year’s covers were the most varied on record. Which is a guaranteed win. Especially given that we lastly pressed past the 50 percent mark.


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Vogue India September 2021 by Sølve Sundsb ø; Image: Vogue India

VogueIndia, a familiar face in the most varied classification, cast 100 percent designs of color (17 out of 17). MarieClaire U.S. likewise had 100 percent variety with 3 out of 3 designs of color prior to the print publication folded. VogueTaiwan, which formerly cast 100 percent designs of color for 6 straight years, was down this year with 91 percent designs of color (10 out of 11).

Dazed had 90 percent designs of color (9 out of 10), followed by VogueArabia at 89 percent (17 out of 19) and VogueSingapore at 86 percent (6 out of 7). Interview at 83 percent (5 out of 6), Allure at 82 percent (9 out of 11) and VogueChina at 80 percent (12 out of 15) complete the list.

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Vogue Czechoslovakia July/August2021 by Cameron Postforoosh; Image: Vogue Czechoslovakia

When it concerned the least varied publications of 2021, numerous global editions of Vogue topped this less-than-desirable list. VogueCzechoslovakia was the least varied of the lot with a frustrating 0 percent (0 out of 14). Followed by VogueTurkey at 10 percent (1 out of 10), VogueGreece at 18 percent (2 out of 11) and VoguePortugal at 19 percent (4 out of 21).


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Harper’s Bazaar May 2021 by Renell Medrano; Image: Harper’s Bazaar

Plus- size design looks likewise got a little increase can be found in at 24 or 3.50 percent of overall cover looks. This was a boost from 2020 which saw 21 castings at 2.66 percent. It was the most plus-size design looks given that we began keeping track. Also of note, 16 of the previously mentioned 24 plus-size looks went to designs of color.

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Number of plus-size, over 50 and transgender designs on publication covers

PreciousLee landed 6 covers: Harper’s Bazaar U.S., i-D, VogueBrazil, British Vogue, American Vogue and VogueArabia. Jill Kortleve enhanced the covers of 4 global Vogue editions (Spain,Russia, Hong Kong and Italia), while Paloma Elsesser landed 3 Vogue covers (Spain, U.S. and Poland).

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Vogue Russia November 2021 by Sonia Sz óstak; Image: Vogue Russia


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W Magazine Volume # 5 2021 by Harmony Korine; Image: W Magazine

Women over 50 were below 2020’s record, which was due in big part to the 100 covers VogueItalia produced for its September concern in 2015. Those covers included a range of over-50 ladies making 2020 an extremely age-diverse year.

In2021, there were 47 aged design looks or 6.86 percent. While this was a reduction from in 2015, it’s still greater than previous years. (Like2019 and 2018 when there were just 41.) Everyone from makeup artist Pat McGrath to fashion designer Anna Sui to renowned supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Iman made covers this year.

Campbell appeared on 3 covers: i-D, Interview and V Magazine Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek likewise each scored 3 covers this year. They both caught different covers of ELLE U.S. and In Design, while Lopez likewise appeared on Allure and Hayek enhanced VogueIndia.

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Harper’s Bazaar April 2021 by Mario Sorrenti; Image: Harper’s Bazaar

ViolaDavis, Halle Berry, Rita Moreno, Dolly Parton and Madonna each caught private covers. And after the November 2020 election, both Kamala Harris andDr Jill Biden appeared on different covers of American Vogue


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British ELLE June 2021 by Damon Baker; Image: British ELLE

Gender variety saw a small bump this year. In 2020 there were 12 cover looks for an overall of 1.52 percent, while 2021 saw 13 cover looks for an overall of 1.90 percent. While this boost was nearly invisible, it was the most cover looks in this classification given that we began keeping track. Plus, 11 out of the 13 looks in this classification were designs of color.

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V Magazine Issue #129Spring/Summer2021 by Adrienne Raquel; Image: V Magazine

IndyaMoore blazed a trail with 2 covers: Dazed and V Magazine VogueThailand, on the other hand, included 3 transgender designs– Blossom, MJ and Sunshine– on its June 2021 cover to commemorate Pride Month.


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CR Fashion Book Issue 18 by Daniel Regan; Image: CR Fashion Book

HaileyBieber, Kendall Jenner and Precious Lee connected for the leading area, each landing 6 cover looks. Bieber covered V Magazine, VogueBrazil, VogueParis, ELLE U.S., CR Fashion Book and Harper’s Bazaar U.S., while Jenner turned up on V Magazine, ELLE U.S. and Vogue‘s China, Spain, Germany and Hong Kong editions. Lee appeared on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar U.S., i-D, VogueBrazil, British Vogue, American Vogue and VogueArabia.

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ELLE August 2021 by Zoey Grossman; Image: ELLE

AdutAkech, Anya Taylor-Joy,Awkwafina, Billie Eilish, Mica Arga ñaraz, Mona Tougaard and Zendaya all had strong provings landing 5 covers each.

Out of the top 10 cover designs of 2021, 6 were ladies of color with one likewise being plus-size. As per typical, age and gender variety were missing from the leading design rankings.


In2020, we fidgeted there would be a high decrease in variety in 2021 which in 2015 was simply a fluke due to present occasions. Although the gains were smaller sized this year, we’re happy there was still a boost in variety and not a drop-off like we anticipated when it concerned the 2021 publication covers. In truth, for the very first time given that we have actually been keeping track, more than 50 percent of cover looks went to designs of color.

While size and gender numbers were greater than in previous years, they’re still quite weak. What’s more, the variety of ladies over 50 who appeared on publication covers disappointingly decreased in between 2020 and 2021.

In2022, we hope the general upward pattern of variety continues. We wishes to see much more racial variety on publication covers next year (can we strike 60 percent or perhaps 70 percent?). Not to point out more considerable variety gains throughout size, gender and age. Let’s sustain this forward momentum and make long lasting development.

With extra reporting by Mark E.

For the function of this report, “model” is anybody who appears on a cover, even if modeling is not their occupation. Models of color are classified as those who are nonwhite or of blended backgrounds.