Fashion history has officially been made: for the first time since 1997, an African model is on the cover of ELLE magazine.
Alek Wek was the last African model to land an ELLE cover — and that was back in 1997.
While Maria's cover is a major win for models of color, it's upsetting to think of the many iconic African models who could have been featured sometime between 1997 and today — like Iman.
There's Liya Kebede — the first Black model to be the face of Estée Lauder.
There’s also Herieth Paul, who is one of the newest faces of Maybelline New York.
The fashion world is more diverse than ever — hopefully it doesn’t take another 20 years for an African model to land that coveted ELLE cover spot.
You can read Maria's interview, where she talks about being the change she wants to see in the modeling world, when the May 2017 issue of ELLE goes on sale.