I’m sure you’ve seen them, but if you haven’t let me tell you, black girls are slaying the magazine covers this month. Beyonce on VOGUE, Serena Williams on New York Magazine, Kerry Washington on SELF and the list goes on. Every time I saw a sneak peek of a cover my heart jumped for joy, I got so excited seeing all my girls (in my head) looking fiercer than fierce on the most coveted covers of the year. If you’re thinking “ok Taye relax, it’s not that serious” let me tell you why it is to me.
When I was a teenager, all of my favorite magazines (the ones my mom let me buy) had big stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Spice Girls, etc all over the covers. I’d get lucky to see Destiny’s Child, Brandy, I do remember a cover with Aaliyah. The point is, with each edition I never expected to see someone who looked like me talking about the latest trends or being proclaimed as the “it girl.” I didn’t realize it until my adult years, but that did something to me, it made me not see myself as the ideal of beauty. It took so many years for me to transform into the woman I am today and I’ve finally grown to love the skin I’m in.
I realized that my self-esteem couldn’t be based on what media outlets told me was ideal or perfect. The more I branched out and got to know myself and things I enjoyed, the more I loved me. When I read the interviews in these magazines, each woman always mentions something similar. They always have something they do (outside of their career) that instills and maintains their self-confidence.
Fast forward to today, I appreciate these covers as an adult who feels good in her skin 85% of the time (that’s a big deal and we all have those blah kind of days), but even more because I know there are still girls out there who struggle with self esteem based on what society dubs as ideal. These covers are beyond necessary for them! To be standing in the grocery aisle and see a black ballerina on the cover? Walking through Target and see super models in every hue? This is incredible!
Yes, we still have a very long way to go when it comes to black women being equally appreciated in the media, in fashion, in literature, etc. but this small step made my heart smile. The September covers are a big deal and these covers, with our girls on them is an even bigger deal. I bought these magazines because I know that sales equal coverage, I don’t want to be the reason an editor chooses not to put a brown girl on the cover. I hope that there will be more months like September 2015 where black women are slaying these amazing covers.
Who’s your favorite covergirl this month? Let’s chat in the comments below!