June 11, 2010

Will Halle Berry Appear on VOGUE'S September Issue Cover?

That's the rumor...

via Jezebel:
Vogue has faced a lot of criticism in recent years for its whitewashed covers and editorial pages. While Anna Wintour's magazine — perhaps in response — started occasionally booking models like Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, covers are another story: When Jennifer Hudson made the cover in 2007, she was the first black woman to do so since Berry, in 2002 Liya Kebede, in 2005. Michelle Obama and BeyoncĂ© followed one another on the March and April, 2009, issues, respectively, but in 2008, there was merely also that unfortunate LeBron James cover. Vogue's first -ever black cover model was Beverly Johnson, who did the honors in September, 1974.

Like Candy Pratts-Price says in The September Issue, "September is the January of fashion." The September issue of any fashion magazine is typically a best-seller, crammed as it is with the new fall clothes (and so many $3,000 new fall handbags). If this rumor proves correct — and it might not be, given that there were reports that Gwyneth Paltrow would get the September cover after she shot with Mario Testino last week — it would be the first time a black woman was chosen to front a September issue of Vogue since Johnson's own cover Naomi Campbell's September, 1989, cover, at least as far as I was able to determine. That would be a significant vote of confidence in Halle Berry's newsstand appeal from an unlikely source.

Or perhaps Anna Wintour just wants to prove that she can make a beautiful black actress look just as second-rate as she can any Jessica Biel or Blake Lively out there.

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