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Thandie Newton Calls Out ‘Vogue’ Magazine for Lack of Blacks on Cover: 5 Women Who Should Make the Cut

Tue., Nov. 1, 2011 7:16 AM EST
by McKenzie Harris

Vogue magazine landed in a little hot water recently when actress Thandie Newton called them out on a very obvious fact. Newton is currently the face of Louis Vuitton’s “Double Exposure” campaign but feels very slighted that she has not been asked to pose for the high-fashion magazine’s most coveted cover.

In an interview with Pride Magazine , Newton said,

“Don’t get me started on black people being on the cover of big magazines. It’s so preposterous. I mean, I’ve been on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar four times; I’ve been on the cover of InStyle four times, but Vogue, not once,” she explained.

“And people say to me, I mean literally, people have said to me, ‘What have you got against Vogue that you don’t want to be on their cover?’ And I just laugh.”

“They [Vogue] don’t feel the need to represent because it doesn’t make any sense to them. It’s just baffling to me, but as usual America will dictate the ways things go and a magazine like Vogue will just follow America,” she said. “But it’s like, don’t you want to trail blaze?”

The British-born and based actress feels that the United States edition of Vogue sets the standard of what is accepted and expected when it comes to diversity for other top publications domestically and around the world.

Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, First lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jennifer Hudson are just some of the few talented, beautiful and accomplished black women featured on Vogue‘s cover.

Vogue certainly doesn’t include enough black women on their covers and Newton would be a great addition to the Vogue cover archives. As a matter of fact, here are four additional beautiful and talented black women who deserve to land this spot.

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  • Manny

    Do your homework before writing an article…There were balck Vogue covergirls. BEVERLY Johnson officially the first Black Model to cover VOGUE in August 1974, June 1975 & January 1981.

    PEGGY Dillard August 1977, SHEILA Johnson March 1980, SHARI Belafonte covered the most sold issues in VOGUE is cute and sexy thru out the 1982-1986 Issues. LOUISE Vyent has crazy beauty in February 1987, KARA Young October 1988 and October 1989, KAREN Alexander January 1989, NAOMI Campbell September 1989 and June 1993. KIARA Kabukuru July 1977, OPRAH October 1998, MARION Jones January 2001, HALLE Berry December 2002, LIYA Kebede May 2005, BRANDI Quinones April 1994.

  • rthastar

    I think Thandie make a good point, but even our own magazines, e.g. Essence rarely even puts black “models” on the covers. I don’t even remember the last time that Essence had a “model” on the cover. Their covers, while feature beautiful black women, tend to always feature celebrities. When I was growing up, it was common to see among others, Shari, Beverly J & Beverly P, Veronica Web, Karen Alexander, Gail O’Neill, & Roshumba… So if the black publications aren’t giving black models their face time, why should we expect mainstream fashion magazines to do so?