Fashion magazines have rarely been inclusive. They peddle the idea that perfection is possible — and that often means being white, thin, and straight. However, fashion glossies are beginning to up the diversity ante, after seven Black women graced the covers of the coveted September 2015 issues of major publications, like Vogue, New York, and Shape.
Elle UK is jumping ahead of the diversity curve early, unleashing five covers for its annual September issue. Zayn Malik and Kirsten Stewart are gracing two of Elle UK's "Rise of the Rebels" covers, while another is designed by Claire Barnett of Hawthorne & Heaney.
However, it's the last two covers that are causing the biggest stir, and proving that including diverse voices may be part of Elle UK's latest redesign.