Where Are All the Cover Girls of Color?

Kerry Washington (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kerry Washington (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

A study done by the Huffington Post takes a critical look at the lack of diversity on magazine covers. The study tallied the number of white and black women who graced the cover of magazines like Cosmo and Teen Vogue from September 2012 to September 2013. While there was a 50-50 split for some publications, most covers featured white women.

It's no secret that magazines succeed or bomb based on their cover girls. Teams of editors dissect the trends to figure out whose visage screams "Buy me!" before emblazoning covers with them. We took a look at magazines that predominantly feature women to see how much diversity these cover girls represent. Tallying from September 2012 to September 2013, we added up the total number of white women and women of color and found some alarming stats — in other words, the covers featured predominantly white ladies …

Even publications that are mindful of race, like Marie Claire which frequently runs pieces that comment on these issues, wound up among the least diverse of our findings. While Teen Vogue comes out on top as the most diverse of the magazines sampled, Maxim is the least.


Read more at the Huffington Post.

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