Allure magazine’s April 2017 issue couldn’t have come at a more important time in the world. Three beautiful women grace the popular beauty publication’s cover, and the entire issue honors a number of women of color as they “get real about beauty and diversity.” It’s a powerful subject that allows all of us to learn, grow, explore and look at our skin and skin tone in a new way. The magazine eloquently wrote about it in their introduction and on social media: ….“Our skin is so much more than a reflection in the mirror. Our skin is the metaphor that defines how we’re seen—and how we see ourselves. For our April 2017 issue (featuring models #Dilone, #ImaanHammam and #Aamitolagum on the cover!)
…..”Because our skin can be both a vulnerability and a defense. But most importantly, it can be a source of celebration.” In 2016, Vogue magazine’s editor-in-chief had announced improving the magazine’s inclusionary practices. However, not that many covers for the entire year featured diversity, and business as usual looked to white women as their core audience. Many readers felt let down and disappointed at this lack of action.
Allure magazine is to be applauded for getting the ball rolling once again and showing the globe that beauty comes in all colors and features. The publication is being lauded for its sincerity and intellectual depth on a topic that people sometimes fear discussing, and for forging ahead with change. Even competing beauty publication Cosmopolitan gave the special issue high marks: “It’s no secret that the fashion and beauty industry has a major diversity problem — something Allure’s April 2017 issue is tackling head-on in the best possible way.”
Inside the pages of the April 2017 issue, readers will be inspired, proud and humbled by these 41 famous women who share their personal stories. Some of these ladies include DeWanda Wise, Meghan Markle, Padma Lakshmi, Khoudia Diop, Liu Wen and Beverly Johnson.
This is a must-read issue!