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    12 People Who Haven't Had A Single Vogue Cover But Definitely Deserve One

    Heck, put ME on a Vogue cover.

    Even though many of us stick to social media or indie publications, I'm still a fashion girl who ALWAYS looks to see who Vogue has on their covers. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised. Most times, I'm disappointed to see it's the same people over and over again. Recently, Gigi Hadid announced her 35th Vogue cover on Instagram. I'm just wondering how there are 7.6 billion people in the world (my fact-checking skills are immaculate) yet the same person has snagged 35 covers?

    Don't get me wrong — I have no beef with Gigi. But there are other people who are equally deserving of a Vogue cover. Here's a few people I'd LOVE to see (Anna, I'll have my people call your people):

    1. Danielle Brooks

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    Brooks is not only a talented actress and singer, but she's constantly spoken out on sizeism in fashion (in fact, Vogue was the publication that published the article). She's plus-size and proud, and brown skin and PROUD. Her walking in the Christian Siriano show was only the beginning of what looks to hopefully be a very profound impact for plus-size women in the industry. More young women need to see women like Brooks fronting major magazines and campaigns to see that they, too, can do it.

    2. Yara Shahidi

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    Yara is a well-rounded student that juggles 80 million things with ease. The young leader deserves a Vogue cover because she uses her platform to discuss real topics that affect countless people, like race, gender, love, and culture (amongst many others). Also, she's so knowledgeable about the world and her insight is refreshing in times where superficiality is, like, a thing.

    3. Tarana Burke

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    While Vogue has certainly interviewed Tarana Burke in regards to the Me Too movement and her involvement as its founder, it has yet to honor her with a cover and I can't see why not. She's outspoken and dedicated to a cause that seeks to include all in this narrative, bridging communities together instead of tearing them apart.

    4. Shonda Rhimes

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    Shonda Rhimes literally redefined TV by giving us three shows that the world stayed glued on (okay, I'll confess — I never watched Grey's Anatomy, but How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal are my thaaang). Not to mention she presented vital characters like Olivia Pope or Annalise Keating that helped dismantle the idea of Black women only playing roles of victimhood or secondary characters in a major TV series.

    5. Ava DuVernay

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    Ava DuVernay has shifted the media paradigm in more ways than one, lending her voice to speak out on the lack of representation for female directors and women of color in Hollywood. She's been vital to challenging these spaces and creating opportunities for others, all while sporting those beautiful locs.

    6. Iris Apfel

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    She's even talked about her iconic style with Vogue, but Iris is a fashion legend. This woman, whew child, she serves me looks. And even if you think she's not worthy because she's not a ~celebrity,~ Apfel still has had an amazing impression on the fashion industry over the course of her career. Put some respect on it.

    7. Laverne Cox

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    Honey slaaaaaaaays my edges every time she steps out on the red carpet, but more importantly, Laverne uses her platform to advocate for LGBTQ rights while also educating others on transgenderism and the need for black advocacy across the board.

    8. Chloe x Halle

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    These two beautiful ladies are not only Beyoncé's proteges, but they're carving out a space of their own with their dope personalities, beautiful voices, and amazing style aesthetic.

    9. Lena Waithe

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    Lena showed out at the MET Gala with this beautiful rainbow cape, bringing LGBTQ awareness to an event inspired by Catholicism (what a badass!). She's also been an outspoken advocate on the issues that plague women, women of color, and LGBTQ people in general, using her skills to increase visibility of marginalized groups on and off the big screen.

    10. Gina Rodriguez

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    Gina Rodriguez is amazing in so many ways, from her Vogue article about thyroid disease to openly asking for more Latina representation in media. Even though she's probably one of the first people you think of for Latina representation, she's using her platform to challenge the Hollywood space and fight for more opportunities for others in the Latinx community.

    11. Tracee Ellis Ross

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    I can't believe with all the discussions we constantly have about Tracee's style, that she's never snagged a Vogue cover. Her career is long, her personality is big, and her style is IM.PECC.A.BLE. She's outgoing and speaks her mind, but also champions all of the inspiring leaders of the next generation. I STAN for a hero. Sooo...what's the holdup?

    12. And lastly, but certainly not least, Leslie Jones.

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    Leslie Jones has not only broken barriers as a comedian and host, but her open discussions around designer selectivity in the industry, and countless celebrities who designers refused to dress (and WHY), brought true light to a situation that had previously been dismissed for a LONG time. I don't care what anyone says — I'm happy that Leslie uses her platform to really show people just how crazy this industry really can be.

    These 12 don't even hit the TIP of the iceberg, but my case still stands — there are a ton of people who should get that cover love. Who would you love to see on a Vogue cover?