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May 15, 2018

Three Asian Models Are On The Cover Of Allure And My Feels Are Everywhere

"In 327 issues, over 28 years, there had only been two Asian women on the cover."

In case you weren't aware, Allure Magazine is helmed by the fierce, gorgeous, and diversity-driven Michelle Lee.

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I follow her religiously and admire her not only as a talented editor-in-chief, but as a strong, inspiring, and down-to-earth Asian-American role model in the media industry, where quite frankly there aren't quite enough of us.

(And ICYMI, our amazing beauty editor Essence Gant got the low-down on all the skin care products she puts on her face. READ IT, BOOKMARK IT, CHERISH IT. And here's some more skin care tips from Asian celebrities, just because.)

In her editor's letter, Michelle gets extremely real about the stark lack of Asian representation on Allure covers and how this badass trio marks a personal milestone.

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As you an see above, Lucy Liu graced the cover of the November 2000 issue.

Michelle goes on to say, "It’s been 18 long years since the first — and almost only — Asian woman appeared on the cover of this magazine. (Olivia Munn, whose mom is of Chinese descent, graced the cover 14 years later.) In 327 issues, over 28 years, there had only been two Asian women on the cover. We’ve made a real effort to celebrate diversity on all platforms of Allure in the past two years. But, my God, only two covers?"

So, without further ado, here are the three covers for the inaugural Hair Guide issue in all their windswept glory and the stunnas who are redefining what it means to be Asian and beautiful:

You might want to take a seat, tbh.

Fernanda Ly, instantly recognizable by her signature cotton candy pink hair and her show-stealing international fashion runway appearances.

SooJoo Park, a platinum talent who went from working in graphic design to stealing the spotlight at runway shows, partnering with Chanel, and further proving that it's never too late to shine.

Fei Fei Sun, who was the first Chinese woman to appear on the covers of American, Italian, and Japanese Vogue.

Someone hand me a fan, because I swear someone has turned up the office temperature. 😓

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JUST KIDDING, it's just these amazing cover models that represent a snippet of the wide spectrum of Asian beauty. 🔥🔥🔥

These covers really go to show Allure's push for inclusivity at every turn, from spotlighting monolid eye makeup, a sans-laid-edges Kerry Washington, pushing out the term "anti-aging," and talking about why non-brows are beautiful.

As Michelle puts it (with much poise), "Maybe you don’t personally have kinky, curly hair, or monolid eyes, or stick to halal products. But there’s something we can all learn about each other through the lens of beauty. I’m not a septuagenarian*, but I had a lot to take in from our September 2017 cover story with Helen Mirren."

For anyone like Michelle (and all Asians everywhere) whose "preteen self couldn’t even fathom seeing an Asian face on the cover of a mainstream magazine or leading a TV show or headlining a movie," this is a BIG DEAL.

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And it's only the beginning! In Michelle's own words, "I vow to keep it going. In fresh new ways."

Congrats to Michelle Lee and the Allure team! 🎉🎉🎉

Check out how BuzzFeed is celebrating at Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

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