Ahhh… The September Issue.
In magazine publishing, the September Issue is the most anticipated issue of the year. It signifies a fresh start for publications and marks the seasonal shift from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter. Editors spend anywhere between 6 months to a year in planning for the perfect issue; from determining which ads and articles are worthy enough to make the final cut to choosing who will be the face of their most awaited cover. With every detail in mind, it goes without saying the effort that goes into who appears on the shell of the zine is just as important as what graces the glossy pages.
This year calls for celebration because Black actresses, artists, athletes, and models are claiming their spot on the cover of September Issues for some of the top publications is the game, and honey, it’s about time.
A number of publication have been taking a hit this year when it comes to offensive articles that lack taste or common regard for women of color and highlight the lack of diversity within their editorial staffs. Beyonce was accused of having “un-done,” “stringy” hair, Elle Canada dubbed the dashiki the “Newest It-Item“, and lets not forget Allure for misinforming its white readers, that even they could have an afro. Nevertheless, Vogue, Shape, Self, and many other leading magazines are pushing Black women to the forefront, literally, with their elegant, empowering, and sexy September Issues.
Take a look below and check this melanin chile!!!
Kerry Washington for SELF
You’ve just been served.