Lupita Nyong’s isn’t new to Vogue’s cover. She takes on October’s cover, making this her second premiere with the magazine. Dressed in the finest couture, Lupita wears a gold and crimson Valentino Haute dress that compliments her beautiful dark skin.
In the cover story, the Twelve Years A Slave actress tells writer Plum Sykes about the first time she wore a couture dress. She says,
I didn’t know the power of couture until I tried on a couture dress. It made me cry.
What’s so amazing and shocking is that not only did Vogue decide to put the Kenyan beauty on its cover for the second time, but that it also came directly after Beyonce’s September issue. The reason that this is so groundbreaking is because Vogue, the most influential fashion magazine in the world, put two black woman back to back on covers. The 123 year old magazine has only featured a total of 34 African American models and celebrities on covers – excluding group covers.
Beyonce graced the cover of Vogue in September 2015 for the third time.
Another black beauty hit a magazine cover as well. The bad gal, Rihanna was the cover of NME Magazine where she discussed not collaborating or joining Taylor Swift on tour. She says,
I don’t think I would. I just don’t think it makes sense. I don’t think our brands are the same. I don’t think they match, I don’t think our audiences are the same. In my mind she’s a role model, I’m not.
Swift has been collaborating with many artists lately and people would love to see the two on stage together but when you think about it, Rihanna is totally right. No shade, Taylor.