First Michelle and now Beyonce

Someone must have spiked Anna Wintour’s water or Andre Talley has locked her in somebody’s basement cause for the second month in a row a black woman graces the cover of Vogue Magazine 😉  First Lady Michelle Obama graced the March cover.

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Singer/actress Beyonce Knowles graces the April cover.

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This has got to be a first.

Now some folks are saying Beyonce makes this the fifth black woman to grace the cover of Vogue. I think folks need to be specific cause I blogged about this back in 2007 when Jennifer Hudson graced the Vogue cover.

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When it comes to non models and non athletes it’s Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Beyonce.  Like I stated back in 2007 numerous black models from all over the world have graced the cover of American Vogue along with track and field’s fallen star Marion Jones.  Model Beverly Johnson was the first black woman to grace the cover of American Vogue.   So if Beverly is the first and many black models have been on the cover after Beverly, then how is Beyonce only the fifth black woman on the American Vogue cover?  But if you separate the models and athletes from celebrities and first ladies then yes she’s the fifth black woman.   There’s been a dearth of black women period on the Vogue cover since Anne Wintour took over Vogue. There were black models galore on the Vogue covers during the 80’s.

There’s also been talk that the Beyonce Vogue cover is racist cause she’s on the cover of the “Shape Issue.”  According to the site Sociological Images:

Unfortunately, in line with cultural stereotypes, the issue is the “Shape Issue,” contributing to the stereotype of Black women, and Latina women too, as especially “curvy.” The magazine sets up, essentially, an impossibility: ”Have curves, but by curves we mean something very specific: boobs and an ass. You know, like Black women’ve got. See Beyonce? She’s Black. So she’s got curves. No matter that she’s extremely thin. You should be extremely thin, too (’WORK IT!’); eh em, we mean, ‘conquer your demons,’ we love you ‘from size zero to size 20.’ Just kidding! We totally don’t. Design ‘your perfect body’ with cosmetic surgery! Then you’ll really love yourself… and we will find you acceptable… it’s win win!!!!”

Racism and sexism. Nice work, Vogue.

When I first read about Beyonce’s Vogue cover at The Frisky.com,  I looked at the  picture and wondered what is racist about this Vogue cover?   I didn’t see a damn thing.  But apparently the blogger at Sociological Images looked deeply into this and saw racism as well as sexism.

And speaking of Vogue, yes I do subscribe to the magazine. While reading the letter to the editors a couple of months ago, one woman wrote that she was getting bored with the same ole tired women gracing the cover of Vogue every year. I did a Google and found the letter quoted at the International Herald Tribune. The letter writer from San Diego mentioned that she could create a calendar and guess who would be the usual cover girls every year.

NO one at Vogue, least of all its editor in chief, Anna Wintour, could have been seriously stung by a recent letter from a reader complaining that the magazine was in a rut. After all, Wintour chose to publish the letter, which chided the magazine for featuring the same women — “Gwyneth Paltrow, Caroline Trentini, Gisele Bündchen, Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, blah, blah, blah,” as the reader, Kathryn Williams of San Diego, said. “I could make a calendar of your cover girls, and it would probably repeat year after year.” She added: “Let’s face it: Vogue is getting a bit stale. It is a pity, too — because the magazine is still much better than the others.”

The usual suspects on my list include Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman (one year she had 2 covers), Kiera Knightly (the letter writer was complaining about Kiera appearing on the cover for the umpteenth time), Drew Barrymore, Sienna Miller (what has she done besides being blonde, to grace a magazine cover) and Jennifer Anniston just to name a few. The letter writer gave an example of Helen Mirren as being a new face on the Vogue cover. Having Helen or even Meryl Streep would be a nice change of pace.   Knowing Vogue they probably have an age cutoff.  I was glad this woman spoke up though. It looks like Vogue got the message since they’ve had two black women in a row on their cover.

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