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Fashion Mags Are Still Using Mostly White Cover Models

A new report finds that mainstream fashion was still majorly whitewashed in 2014.

A new study on diversity in fashion from website The Fashion Spot found that women's fashion magazines overwhelmingly featured white models on their covers in 2014.

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For their assessment, TFS looked at 44 major magazine titles and assessed 611 covers.

They found that white people appeared on the covers of 567 issues, while women of color appeared just 119 times.

In total, women of color only appeared on the cover of 19 percent of all fashion mags this year.

Several magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar U.S. and U.K., Vogue U.K., Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Paris, Vogue Ukraine, Vogue Russia, Teen Vogue, Numéro, LOVE and Porter, had zero people of color on the cover last year.

The worst offender? Vogue UK, who hasn't had a solo black model on its cover in 12 years — though the mag has featured celebrities of color, including Beyoncé and Rihanna, in the past.

When women of color did appear on the covers of magazines, they were predominately black and Asian.

Amina Akhtar, Editorial Director of The Fashion Spot, says that the cover model problem is reflective of an overall lack of diversity in the fashion world.

"If you don't have people from diverse backgrounds, then you aren't going to cast people from a diverse background," she told BuzzFeed Life. "The industry isn't all white but you kind of wouldn't know it from looking at the mastheads of many of these magazines."
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"If you don't have people from diverse backgrounds, then you aren't going to cast people from a diverse background," she told BuzzFeed Life. "The industry isn't all white but you kind of wouldn't know it from looking at the mastheads of many of these magazines."

She also acknowledges that fashion mags have a long way to go when it comes to representing women of different body types.

"Fashion, at this point, has become modeled on this image of a size-four, thin rich woman," Akhtar told BuzzFeed Life. "And that's bullshit. It shouldn't matter what size you are or what color you are. Magazines need to catch up to that idea."

Akhtar suggests that readers that feel frustrated by lack of diversity on the covers of their favorite magazines speak out — with their wallets.

"If a retailer or a magazine is using models that don't speak to you, then spend somewhere that is," she suggests. "Where you spend your money speak volumes."
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"If a retailer or a magazine is using models that don't speak to you, then spend somewhere that is," she suggests. "Where you spend your money speak volumes."

In response to questions about its lack of diversity, a representative from Teen Vogue replied: "No comment."

At the time of publication, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar had not responded to BuzzFeed Life's request for comment.

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