September 2018 Fashion Magazine Covers Are A Celebration Of Diverse, Strong Women

Social media users are thrilled with the covers.

The September issues of magazines are the biggest ones of the year. Not only do they typically have the most pages, they also set the mood for the season ahead. From the the September 2018 magazine covers that have been released so far, the season is looking to be a very promising one. 

The September 2018 magazine covers are a celebration of diversity and strong women.

According to a magazine diversity report from theFashionSpot, 2017 was the most inclusive year yet for magazine covers. Out of 782 covers from 49 leading international fashion publications, 32.5 percent featured people of color. The figure was a 3.5 percent increase compared with 2016.

It's exciting to see that such inclusiveness and emphasis on diversity has extended into this year. For the September 2018 covers, Black women in particular are heavily featured. 

One of the most notable covers is Beyoncé's Vogue cover where she was reportedly given "unprecedented control" over many aspects of the September issue from Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Her cover also made history because it was shot by 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, who was the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine's 126-year history.

Scroll down to see more September 2018 magazine covers that have been released so far.

Rihanna For British Vogue

Rihanna made history as the first Black woman to be featured on a British Vogue September 2018 issue. This comes after Oprah Winfrey's 2018 cover and marks the first September cover for Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful — the title's first Black editor.

Slick Woods for ELLE UK

The ELLE UK September 2018 cover showcases pregnant model Slick Woods with her burgeoning baby bump on full display. In the issue, she talks about motherhood and how she will encourage her son to express himself, the way she openly does. "I don't have anything to protect myself [because of her buzzed hair]. It's just like, I'm happy today or I'm sad today. And that's OK," she said. "I'm going to stand up for my son. I want him to feel proud as a black man. Everyone is telling men it's wrong to express their feelings, but I will not let him feel like his feelings are wrong."

Constance Wu For Fashion

The Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu graces Fashion magazine's cover with the theme "Identity Matters." In the issue, she opens up about the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood. She explained, "I have a pretty good capacity to talk about [the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood] in such a way that it's as clear and insightful as it can be in the moment," she said. "I actually think it's kind of a privilege and an honor – and an obligation."

Beyoncé for Vogue

Beyoncé gets personal in the September 2018 issue about pregnancy complications, love, and the pressure women face. After having an emergency C-section with twins Sir and Rumi, she reflected, "I think it's important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That's why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot."

Zendaya for Marie Claire

Zendaya was interviewed by Pose writer, director, and producer Janet Mock for the Marie Claire September 2018 cover. The former Disney star stated in the article, "I'm very aware that I don't know everything, but I do try my best with the platform that I have, knowing how many people look to me. I try my best to inform myself and live my best life so that I can inspire my fans to live their best lives, be more educated, and learn for themselves," she explained. "And I try to do it in a way that's not telling people what to think but opening up their eyes to possibilities, ideas maybe they never thought about. I try to look at it as a responsibility more than anything."

Lupita Nyong'o for Porter

Lupita Nyong'o discusses perceptions of Black beauty in Porter, the magazine for online luxury shopping destination for Net-A-Porter. In the September 2018 issue, she said, "Beauty should be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."

Yara Shahidi for The Hollywood Reporter

Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is on The Hollywood Reporter's Young Hollywood issue which showcases 30 rising stars under 18 years old. She reveals one of her aspirations. "My dream of dreams is to create some form of alternate curriculum that is inclusive of all people," she said in the interview.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

Cover image via  JStone I Shutterstock

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