Starting a new theme here! I usually find tweets blah, but leave it to the funny posts at Best of Black Twitter on Tumblr to set me straight!
I’m sure you’ve heard of all the buzz surrounding the fashion rag covers for September, and how there are all these black female celebrities getting covers at the same time, and that it’s an amazing thing. That’s fine and all, but let’s be real here. First, the celebs in question are the “usual suspects” to show up on a cover, names that have been accepted in mainstream entertainment: Rihanna (for UK Vogue), Lupita N’yongo (for Porter), Tiffany Haddish (for US Glamour), and Beyonce (for US Vogue). All that’s missing is Serena Williams on a September cover. Second, where are the black models on a fashion magazine?? Is Naomi still charging a lot for a cover shoot? Fashion editors couldn’t find the right wig for Tyra? Does Joan Smalls need famous parents and money and the right connections to get her covers like her dead-eyed, light-skinned, nepotism cunterparts? Third, it’s just those four black women. FOUR. The rest of the major fashion rags still have (last time I checked) white women (and some old white dude in the case of US Bazaar) on their covers.
Which brings me to the Tweet of the Day:
And to my Fourth point: wake me when fashion rags start putting black women (not just the usual suspects but other great entertainers like Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monae, as well as real models) on their covers on a regular basis. (Better yet, get back to me when a high-profile title gives an Asian woman a cover. I hear Constance Wu has that “Crazy Rich Asians” movie coming out, but of course leave it to the rags to overlook her and give soulless broom Bella Hadont another cover.) It says a lot about the fashion rag industry and how ass-backwards they still are, from Vogue finally hiring a black photographer to shoot a cover for them 126 years into their existence, and UK Vogue to finally give a black woman their supposedly highly-anticipated September cover 101 years into their existence! #BlackGirlMagic on the newsstands shouldn’t just be an annual hype event, but an every month thing. Besides, you know damn well October, November, and December is going to go back to their usual #WhiteGirlPredictability shtick, and it will be 2019 and we’ll once again see the same four, five black female celebs recycled on the covers, and the tweeters at CNN will huff more Elmer’s Glue and once again boast about the “Wakanda effect” of women’s rags. And until I become an editor-in-chief for one of those rags, the cycle will continue.