Glamour may be one of the first publications to wax poetic about gender equality, but last year, staffers came to a realization that the magazine wasn't leading by example. "As of the fall, only 37 percent of the photographers we were using in our own print pages were female, and 32 percent of the hairstylists… and fewer than half of the makeup artists," editor in chief Cindi Leive told WWD. "We thought, 'OK, let's put our money where our mouth is.'"
Enter Glamour's all-female February 2017 issue, titled "Powered by Women," which Condé Nast revealed on Tuesday. As Leive explained in her editor's letter, per WWD, every photo Glamour commissioned was created entirely and exclusively by women, including photographers, stylists and hair and makeup artists. (There is one exception — Michelle Obama's makeup artist Carl Ray — who is featured in the issue.)
"Gender equality is on all our minds, and gender equality doesn't just happen at the CEO or president-of-America level," Leive wrote. "It starts at home, and as I looked at those numbers, it was pretty clear: Our home could use a shake up."
The girls of HBO's "Girls" — Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke — front the issue ahead of the show's final sixth season. Emma Summerton photographed the cover on which all four actresses wear clothing and platforms from Marc Jacobs's spring 2017 collection. (Dunham, for one, wears the pink satin hot pants Irina Shayk originally wore down the runway.) Inside, "Girls" executive producer Jenni Konner gives the cast an "exit interview," in which the group discusses "overall job satisfaction, feelings about their pay, benefits, and other incentives and favorite memories from the show."
Glamour's February issue hits newsstands on Jan. 10.