Diversity Report: Fashion Magazine Covers 2019

US Vogue November 2019 : Rihanna by Ethan James Green

Vogue November 2019: Rihanna by Ethan James Green; Image:Vogue com

This time in 2015, we were enjoyed report that variety on the covers of 51 of the leading domestic, global and independent fashion publications had actually enhanced substantially from 2017 to2018 In 2018, a record 37.7 percent of cover castings went to individuals of color, up from 32.5 percent the year prior to. That’s a substantial– 5.2 percent– boost. Sadly, from 2018 to 2019 there was no such development.

In reality, with the exception of age representation, which plateaued, variety on publication covers is down throughout the board.


Vanity Fair October 2019 : Lupita Nyong’o by Jackie Nickerson

Vanity Fair October 2019: Lupita Nyong’ o by Jackie Nickerson; IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

Of the 745 cover looks we evaluated this year– once again throughout 51 leading fashion publications– we discovered that 275, or 36.9 percent, were individuals of color, a little however however frustrating 0.8 percent dip from the previously mentioned 37.7 percent seen in 2018.

Percentage of nonwhite cover designs on leading global fashion publications, 2014 through 2019


Vogue Arabia April 2019 : Halima Aden, Amina Adan & Ikram Abdi Omar by Txema Yeste

Vogue Arabia April 2019: Halima Aden, Amina Adan and Ikram Abdi Omar by Txema Yeste; IMAGE: VOGUE.ME

VogueIndia(100 percent) and VogueTaiwan(100 percent) included the most racial variety– VogueTaiwan for the 5th year running. These were carefully followed by i-D (83 percent, one non-binary individual), VogueArabia(80 percent, one female age 50- plus) and VogueMexico(79 percent, consisting of 2 plus-size females, among them over age 50).

Next came VogueHongKong (75 percent, consisting of 54- year-old starlet and vocalist Carina Lau), Porter(67 percent), VogueBrazil(64 percent, one female age 50- plus), VogueThailand(62 percent) and T: The New York Times Style Magazine (60 percent).

V Magazine (57 percent with one plus-size female), Vogue U.K. (57 percent with one plus-size female, one trans female and 4 females age 50 or above), MarieClaire U.S. (56 percent) and VogueJapan(52 percent, one female above age 50) completed the list.

We wishes to take a minute to spotlight Vogue U.K. and ELLE U.S. Led by Edward Enninful and Nina Garcia, respectively, the 2 publications included much better across-the-board variety than the majority of.

Before2017, Vogue U.K. went 14 years with just 6 nonwhite solo cover stars; this year it employed 16 out of 28 nonwhite females, not to discuss its very first (openly) transgender cover star. (For the mag’s complete list of achievements, see above.)

While just 35 percent of ELLE U.S.’s 2019 cover stars had minority heritage, the publication did work with females from every variety classification: 3 age 50 or above, 2 plus-size and, like Vogue U.K., the mag selected its very first transgender cover star.

Vogue Germany July 2019 : Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl & Vittoria Ceretti by Peter Lindbergh

Vogue Germany July 2019: Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl and Vittoria Ceretti by Peter Lindbergh; IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

On the opposite end of the spectrum, 2 of the publications we evaluated– VoguePoland and TheGentlewoman — included not a bachelor of color. Vogue s Czech Republic (7 percent), Paris (8 percent), Portugal (8 percent), Germany (10 percent) and Turkey (10 percent) likewise put out startlingly white covers.

Although, to be reasonable, a handful of the above did make an effort to display other kinds of variety. TheGentlewoman employed 2 50- plus cover stars, as did Vogue s Portugal, Germany and CzechRepublic And the latter highlighted trans design Finn Buchanan on its November edition.

What’s more, VoguePortugal really made history– and headings– with its April concern, which starred South African design Thando Hopa, the very first female with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue The publication likewise tapped (plus-size) comic Celeste Barber for its August cover. So, in spite of its failure at racial addition, we can’t absolutely condemn the SuzyMenkes- led mag.


US Elle February 2019 : Ashley Graham by Carin Backoff

United States Elle February 2019: Ashley Graham by Carin Backoff; IMAGE: THANKS TO ELLE

“Plus-size” females– a group that has actually been sorely underrepresented on newsstands for several years– landed 15 (2.01 percent) cover looks in 2019, 3 less than the year prior to (2.42 percent). So body variety on publication covers took a small (0.41 percent) hit.

There is, without concern, a lot more work to be done on the size inclusivity front. Still, the publication market has actually made certain strides in the best instructions. In 2017, we counted simply 8 (1.02 percent) non-sample-size cover stars; in 2016, just 6 (0.88 percent).

As to how these numbers compare to the most current runway and advertising campaign statistics, size representation was up last fashion month from 0.69 percent (50 plus-size castings) in Fall 2019 to 1.16 percent (86 castings) in Spring 2020 Meanwhile, body variety in the seasonal advertisements fell from 2.08 percent (11 castings) in Spring 2019 to 1.94 percent (9 castings) in Fall2019 So, compared to other legs of the fashion market, fashion publications succeeded in regards to size addition because they a minimum of passed the 2 percent mark.

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

InStyle, VogueMexico and ELLE U.S. saw one of the most body variety this year with 2 non-sample-size cover stars each. Actors Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson covered InStyle in February and May, respectively. VogueMexico tapped design Paloma Elsesser for its April concern. In October, for its 20 th anniversary concern, the publication launched 6 different covers, each including Latinx females understood for their stereotype-breaking operate in the fields of home entertainment, sports, the cooking arts and so on. Among them was Abigail Mendoza, a well-known Zapotec chef. As for ELLE U.S., design and podcaster Ashley Graham covered the shiny’s February concern; singer/songwriter/rapper/ flutist Lizzo starred on its music-themed October edition.

Speaking of which: within the classification, eight-time Grammy candidate Lizzo acquired the most covers of the year. The “Truth Hurts” vocalist fronted 4 titles: Vogue U.K., LOVE, V Magazine and, as pointed out, ELLE U.S. Graham followed with 3 covers (Allure, Harper’s Bazaar U.K. and ELLE U.S.). Trailing her was McCarthy with 2 cover looks (InStyle and WSJ. Magazine).

Looking at intersectionality, 7 of the 15 size-inclusive covers went to females of color, one to a native Mexican female over the age of 50 (Mendoza). The year had no honestly transgender or non-binary plus-size cover stars.


US Instyle September 2019 : Julianne Moore by Phil Poynter

United States InStyleSeptember 2019: Julianne Moore by Phil Poynter; IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

As mentioned, females age 50 and above were the only group that didn’t suffer a loss in cover representation, however they didn’t make any gains. This year’s covers included 41 (5.5 percent) females in the age, matching 2018’s number, which itself was just a small (0.5 percent) enhancement over the 5 percent seen in both 2017 and 2016.

Put clearly, age variety on publication covers remained mainly fixed for the 4th year in a row. Even so, females in the 50 and over variety continue to land more publication covers than any classification beyond race– another four-year pattern.

As is generally the case, this year’s publication covers far outshined the most current runways and advertising campaign in regards to age representation. (The runways in specific are infamously age-averse; females age 50 and over are regularly the least-represented group.) Even more discouragingly, we saw little to no development on the age variety front in all 3 arenas.

At the Spring 2020 reveals, an overall of 39 designs (0.53 percent) age 50 and above strolled, up from 36 (0.49 percent) the previous season. Fall 2019’s projects, on the other hand, included 10 designs (2.16 percent) in the age, below Spring 2019’s 15 (2.84 percent).

Once once again, Nicole Kidman, 52, acquired the most covers of any female in this age bracket– 6, consisting of VanityFair, InStyle, ELLE U.S.,Vogue Australia and W ( two times). Following her with 3 covers was Christy Turlington, 50, who covered Vogue s U.K., Mexico and Brazil.

Vogue Australia December 2019 : Nicole Kidman by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Vogue Australia December 2019: Nicole Kidman by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Tied for 3rd location with 2 covers each were Céline Dion, 51 ( CR Fashion Book and ELLE U.S.), Cindy Sherman, 65 (TheGentlewoman and WSJ Magazine), Demi Moore, 57 (Harper’s Bazaar U.S. and WSJ. Magazine), Julianne Moore, 59 (InStyle and WSJ Magazine), Laura Dern, 52 (InStyle and VanityFair) and Sharon Stone, 61 (Allure and VoguePortugal).

The remainder of the set– that includes legends like Bj örk, Dolly Parton, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Margaret Atwood, Miuccia Prada, Pamela Anderson, Salma Hayek, Tilda Swinton and Kris Jenner– landed one cover each.

InStyle and Vogue U.K. led in regards to age variety. Both employed 4 cover stars age 50 or above: Kidman, Dern, Ren ée Zellweger and Julianne Moore at InStyle; Madonna, Turlington, Fonda and Hayek at Vogue U.K. WSJ. Magazine, which was accountable for 4 of in 2015’s 50- and-over cover looks, once again held up its end, casting Sherman, Demi Moore and JulianneMoore ELLE U.S. likewise employed 3 females age 50 or above (Kidman,Dion and Parton) as did W (AngelaBassett as soon as, Kidman two times).

Finally, we wish to take a minute to acknowledge the spectacular absence of racial addition within this classification. The large bulk– 37 of 41 or 90.2 percent(!)– of 2019’s age-inclusive covers went to white females. (Although, to repeat, VogueMexico did function one nonwhite, plus-size female over the age of 50, Abigail Mendoza.)


US Elle June 2019 : Indya Moore by Zoey Grossman

United States Elle June 2019: Indya Moore by Zoey Grossman; IMAGE: ELLE.COM

From2018 to 2019, the variety of honestly male-to-female transgender and non-binary individuals included on covers fell from 10 (1.34 percent) to 7 (0.94 percent). As an outcome, they were the least represented group, as has actually constantly held true with publication covers.

This decrease is even more striking considered that 2018 was something of a landmark season for gender inclusivity– not just did the variety of trans and non-binary cover stars reach an all-time high, it more than tripled from the previous year.

Needless to state, while transgender and non-binary representation in the fashion market has actually enhanced recently, it stays low throughout the board: 46 (0.62 percent) of all Spring 2020 runway castings went to “out” trans or non-binary designs, down 0.15 percent from the 56 tape-recorded in Fall 2019; 6 (1.29 percent) Fall 2019 project designs came from the classification, up from 2 (0.38 percent) the season prior to. Considering the ever-fluctuating numbers, it’s tough to state just how much genuine development is being made.

But the news isn’t all bad: publishers are doing much better at attending to tokenism. Whereas back in 2016, 4 of the year’s 5 gender-inclusive covers included starlet Hari Nef, this year– for the 2nd year in a row– there was no repeating amongst the cover options.

LaverneCox covered Vogue U.K.’s almighty September concern and in so doing ended up being the publication’s very first transgender cover star. (Again, hat pointer to Edward Enninful.) Pose‘s Indya Moore did ELLE U.S. the very same honor inJune British design Finn Buchanan fronted VogueCzechRepublic’s November edition; Filipinx design Noah Carlos was among 3 designs to appear on i-D‘s Winter 2019 “The Get Up Stand Up” concern. And (non-binary) Bj örk partner Hungry presented along with leading design Rianne Van Rompaey for the cover of WSJ. Magazine‘s September fashion concern.

Of the publications we evaluated, Dazed was the only title to work with more than one trans or non-binary cover star. The shiny’s multi-cover Spring 2019 concern– an event of “infinite forms of identity, and the creativity of LGBTQIA+ communities everywhere”– included design Ariel Nicholson and Euphoria‘s Hunter Schafer.

An aside: This year Paper, which in 2018 included the most trans or non-binary cover stars of any title, likewise employed 2 trans females (Schafer and Teddy Quinlivan) albeit for digital covers, which we do rule out in our information.

As for the titles that welcomed numerous kinds of variety: Vogue U.K., ELLE U.S. and i-D each employed one trans or non-binary individual of color (Cox,Moore and Carlos, respectively).


Vogue Germany September 2019 : Adut Akech & Rebecca Longendyke by Chris Colls

Vogue Germany September 2019: Adut Akech by Chris Colls; IMAGE: VOGUE.DE

Despite the frustrating decreases seen in the classifications of race, size and gender variety and the absence of development in age inclusivity, 2019’s 10 most-booked cover stars were a significantly more varied group than those of years past.

Half of the top 10 were females with minority heritage (although 2 of those 5 were the undoubtedly white-passing Hadid siblings). And, in an uncommon turn of occasions, one female over the age of 50 made it.

What’s more, at the head of the pack were a black female and a mixed-race female. South Sudanese-Australian design Adut Akech and Dutch-Palestinian-American design Gigi Hadid acquired the most covers of the year with 9 each.

Vogue Czechoslovakia May 2019 : Gigi Hadid by Helena Christensen

Vogue Czech Republic May 2019: Gigi Hadid by Helena Christensen; IMAGE: VOGUE.CZ

Akech fronted Allure, Dazed and Vogue s Germany, Australia, Paris, U.K., Italia and Japan (the latter twice); the senior Hadid covered ELLE U.S., LOVE and numerous global Vogue editions (Brazil,Germany, Mexico, Arabia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Italia).

Second location was a four-way tie in between South Sudanese design Anok Yai, Bella Hadid, Dutch design Birgit Kos and Russian design Irina Shayk, each of whom landed 7 covers. In 3rd location, with 6 covers each, were modeling legend Naomi Campbell (age 49), Nicole Kidman (age 52), American design Rebecca Leigh Longendyke and Dutch design Rianne Van Rompaey.

Unfortunately, no transgender, non-binary or plus-size designs made the top10 Still, the increasing appeal of cover stars nearing or above the age of 50 is motivating.


So what does all this mean? It’s obvious that the media world is going through some significant modifications. At a time when heavy players like Glamour,Teen Vogue and Nylon are stopping print operations and digital covers– which, as < a href =-LRB- **********************************************************************************************************************) onclick =" javascript: _ gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://fashionista.com']);" target =-LRB- *************************************************************) rel =-LRB- **************************************************************) >Fashionista describes,”[allow] brand names to have fun with format, cast less conventional cover stars and take on more prompt subject”– are growing ever more popular, does what we see on the newsstands even bring that much weight?

Whether it does or not, it’s disturbing that in2019 variety and addition seemed rather less of a top priority to publishers than the year prior to. Still, intense areas like Laverne Cox’s Vogue U.K. cover, an age-inclusive most-booked list and the year’s numerous shiny Lizzo sightings offer us expect the coming years.

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 combined backgrounds.