Magazine are finally following the lead of runways and ad campaigns, with more models of colour appearing on their covers than ever on record.
The Fashion Spot's latest report reviewed 782 cover appearances over 49 top international publication, and found that 32.5 percent featured people of colour, which is a 3.5 percent increase from last year.
And, according to the Fashion Spot, 2017 marks the first year in which runways, ad campaigns and international fashion magazines covers all passed the 30% racial diversity marker.
The magazines that championed diversity the most this year were Vogue Arabia, Vogue Taiwan, Vogue India, i-D, Paper, Allure and Dazed.
In terms of plus-size visibility on magazine covers, here comes the kicker. Only 1% of celebrities and models on magazines were a size 12 or over. Or, in other words, just 8 covers featured a plus-size person. Five of those eight covers were because of Ashley Graham, one being ELLE UK's November issue alongside rock star/Marc Jacobs muse/body-positive fashion icon Beth Ditto.
It comes as no surprise the model booked for most magazines this year was Bella Hadid, who appeared on 12 covers. In second place is her sister Gigi Hadid, and Imaan Hammam, who both landed 11.
So yes, racial diversity is getting the attention it's long deserved. The industry finally seem to realise that 'diversity' isn't simply a trend; it's a reality.
However, plus-size, transgender and non-binary visibility continues to lag behind. But hey, there's always 2018...
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