We were pleased to report this past December that, in 2016, diversity on magazine covers widely improved as compared to the year before. This, paired with the marginal lifts in diversity seen on the recent Fall 2017 runways, has us hopeful that the fashion and beauty industries are slowly, albeit surely, making changes to reflect that its world at large is not one that's exclusively white, thin, young and cisgender.
We've seen inclusivity take center stage on the covers of major fashion and beauty magazines this year, too. Vogue, for starters, tapped a diverse group of supermodels — Ashley Graham, Liu Wen, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and more — for its March 2017 "Women Rule!" issue that celebrated "Fashion's Fearless Females." And for April, Allure is following suit: On Tuesday, the beauty title revealed its latest cover, a real stunner, which stars Hammam, Dilone and Aamito Lagum opposite the cover line "The Beauty of Diversity."
Rather than your standard "I Went to Lunch With This Celebrity and Interviewed Them Over a Salad" cover story, Allure asked 41 women — Hammam, Dilone and Lagum included — to share their stories of colorism, diversity and inclusion. "Because our skin can be both a vulnerability and a defense," wrote Allure. "But most importantly, it can be a source of celebration."
In addition to the issue's three cover stars, Allure tapped a wide range of women from actresses (Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra and Constance Wu) to activists (Bethann Hardison and Tamika Mallory, national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington) to "tell [Allure] the story of their lives through their skin" while also discussing their memories, role models and goals for the future.
"We still have a ways to go in terms of skin-care, which is mostly geared toward anti-aging," said Susan C. Taylor, dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. "There's no escape from America realizing that we are brown now. We can only hope that everyone realizes that we're all Americans."
You can read the full April 2017 cover story over at Allure.com now.