Before you go writing off 2016 as a complete and utter disaster, know that it wasn’t all bad. Not all of it, at least. When it came to the diversity of the ladies who graced the covers of our favourite magazines, this year represented something of an improvement.
Last year, only 19.8 per cent of major magazine covers featured people of colour (meaning anyone who isn’t white), but this year that percentage rose to 35.3.
Take that, 2016!
The count, which was put together by Fashionista, tallied 147 covers over 10 of the most popular fashion publications like Elle, Glamour, W, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Cosmopolitan and Allure.
Among the ladies who held down the covers were Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi King. And, of course, who could forget First Lady Michelle Obama who stole the covers of both InStyle and Vogue earlier this year, and just this December landed on Vogue‘s cover again.
And it wasn’t just a diversity in race that saw a spike. Publications are pushing the age bar, too. Both W and Elle featured leading ladies like Helen Mirren, who’s 71, and Barbra Streisand, 74, on their covers. Breaking news: we don’t stay young forever!
While there’s still more work to be done when it comes to heterogeneity in fashion mags, this is certainly a step in the right direction. Here’s to hoping that we see an even more accurate representation of society on our fav covers in 2017.