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has released its annual “Hollywood Issue,” and six of the 12 actors featured on the cover are people of color. Although it shouldn't be a big deal, this seems to be a breakthrough for the magazine
, which has been often criticized for not featuring non-white actors on its cover
Diversity on magazine covers isn’t an issue just for VF
, though. In fact, Tyra Banks recently praised Sports Illustrated
for putting her on the cover of its annual swimsuit issue in 1997. During an NBC special
, Banks made the following speech:
A lot of the women here say it was their dream. But it wasn't my dream, because I didn't think it was possible. And I didn't think it was possible because of the color of my skin....I want to thank Sports Illustrated...for thinking different, and I say "different" without an "ly," for being daring and for making every little black girl that year that saw that issue go, "Oh my God, mama, I think I'm pretty because a black girl's on the cover just like me." I stand here representing everybody with a dream, to know that if you have a dream and you have tunnel vision, it can come true. But remember to dream bigger. Because if you do, those things can be reached, too.
So, which magazines are the most diverse? The Huffington Post
took a look at mainstream magazine covers from September 2012 to September 2013. They found that 82 percent of magazine covers features white women, while only 18 percent featured women of color.
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was the most diverse magazine in the study, with half white women and half women of color. Vanity Fair
was near the middle of the pack—16.7 percent of the women on its covers were non-white. All the women on the covers of Maxim
during the period studied were white.