This is my homage to Edward Enninful's new Vogue for December 2017 and cover girl Adwoa Aboah.
Why have I recreated this cover? When I was younger I didn't see a reflection of myself on the cover of Vogue.
What's worse is I never questioned it either. It was just a given. British, brown-skinned freckled girls did not belong on the cover of fashion magazines.
In fact, only 12 British Vogue covers over the last 25 years have featured any black women at all. That's roughly one every two years. That's unacceptable. And THAT Guardian interview with former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is inexcusable.
Of those 12 covers, it's also worth mentioning that only two black models (Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn) have graced the cover of British Vogue alone. I fear even worse for the statistics of Asian women.
But that is hopefully about to change. And it's for this reason the new cover of British Vogue and the changes that have led to it mean so much to me and so many others like me.
No, I will never be the unique and stunning Adwoa Aboah, but with this cover I see me. Finally, I see me.
The future of this magazine is now exciting and I'm proud to be a new subscriber.
P.S. It's no coincidence that I chose to have my skin and eye makeup done by inclusive makeup brand Fenty Beauty at Harvey Nichols, Manchester for this photo. With thanks to @miss.ilunga. Products used below:
- Fenty Beauty Instant retouch primer
- Fenty Beauty Match stix trio in medium (200)
- Fenty Beauty Pro filt'r longwear foundation (280)
- Fenty Beauty Galaxy eyeshadow palette (midnight bolt, cosmic ocean, xtra terrestrial, sublime)
- Diorshow mascara
- Bobbi Brown lipstick in Old Hollywood
- Bobbi Brown lipgloss in Siren Red