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Lupita Nyong'o Becomes Second African Woman to Appear on Cover of US Vogue

June 19, 2014 8:52 AM
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Vogue does not have a great history in terms of representing black women on its cover. Since 1989, only eight women have made the cut - models Naomi Campbell and Liya Kebede, actors Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson, singers Beyonce and Rihanna, plus Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

But all that has changed today with the news that Lupita Nyong'o is Vogue's cover star for July, the first of African origin since Ethiopian Kebede. Given the attention that Nyong'o has received as a fashion icon, including People magazine's Most Beautiful title, the news is not a huge surprise - indeed, some had speculated that she would be granted the coveted September issue. However, it continues Nyong'o's trend of proudly representing dark-skinned black beauty - a phenomenon all too rare in mainstream fashion.

For us, Nyong'o's continued prominence in the fashion world only emphasises what a hot property she is as an actor. Combining blistering shoots with thoughtful and intelligent interviews wherever she is featured, what director wouldn't want to work with such a star? Following news of her Star Wars role and the potentially-much-more-intriguing adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah', let's hope the next news we have to report on Nyong'o is a meaty lead role. But for now, we salute today's news.

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7 Comments

  • halucinajen | June 20, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    not true. kiara was on the cover in 2001 I believe?

  • Doubledays | June 20, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    Michael Jackson showed the world the truth about the of your skin where it came from so beat it!

  • lulu | June 20, 2014 9:40 AMReply

    Charlize Theron was on last months cover. She is African.

  • gigi | June 20, 2014 5:15 AMReply

    they say african not african america lupita she is african she is from kenya oprah she is american michelle obama also kenya is in africa if you don't know that

  • Edison | June 19, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    Not accurate. Kiara Kabukuru was on the cover sometime in the late 90s. Then Iman was on with Lauren Hutton, Kate Moss, and Gisele in the 2000's.

  • Tania | June 19, 2014 2:07 PMReply

    What about Oprah, Michelle Obama and Naomi. Maybe fourth?
    I'm thrilled regardless, just a fact check.

  • killingit | June 19, 2014 9:57 AMReply

    Congrat's to her. Hopefully one day the color of a persons skin won't define who they are. I encounter racism everyday, it makes you bitter inside because sometimes it's not so easy to brush off. It so sad in today's society that you have to develop a thick skin in order to get through the day.

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