Covered in Black

A month by month recap of a 2018’s black magazine covers:


Kofi Siriboe on Essence by Michael Rowe


Kicking into the New Year with their December/January issue, Essence printed actor Kofi Siriboe as their coverboy. Photographed by Michael Rowe, Siriboe sported a green, blue, pink, and purple plaid suit as well as sharply trimmed hair and an intense glower toward the camera. The headline highlights him as a person who gave us life in 2017, as he carries us into the new year with memory of the craze surrounding him in 2017, especially with his role in the hit movie Girls Trip.


Serena Williams on Vogue by Mario Testino


“The Emotions are Insane,” Vogue headlines their February, 2018 cover. On the front of this issue was one of sports greatest ever, Serena Williams, and her baby girl, Alexis. Serena glows in a red Versace dress as she smiles at the camera while holding her beautiful daughter. Testino also brought Serena to photographic life with sweet images of her and her mother, sisters, and husband, Alexis Ohanian.


Chadwick Boseman on Rolling Stone by Norman Jean Roy


Though the Black Panther hit theaters in February 2018, the monumental popularity brought by the movie rippled movie star Chadwick Boseman onto the March cover of Rolling Stone. Embodying the fierceness of T’Challa, the Black Panther, Boseman boldly poses shirtless with a fur coat over him, leather pants, and a spiky necklace. The photographer, Norman Jean Roy, captured several intense shots of Boseman and the magazine cover was even recreated by Boseman’s costar Lupita Nyong’o.


Tiffany Haddish for W by Ethan James Green


“A Star of Our Time,” W Magazine calls her as Tiffany Haddish takes off her renowned and repeated Alexander McQueen dress and flawlessly flaunts a dramatically stylish wardrobe for photographer Ethan James Green. With several shots of her wearing pieces from some of fashion’s greatest, on the cover she radiates the red of a Valentino Haute Couture gown. Continuously daring to be herself, she dares those lured to the magazine cover to be themselves as well.


The Royal Wedding on People


On May 19, 2018, the world shifted their sights to England for the royal marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In her flowing all white Givenchy gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, Markle alongside dark suited husband Prince Harry, were captured from every angle. This “fairytale wedding” stole the hearts of many and naturally covered a special collector’s issue of People Magazine.


Yara Shahidi on Harper’s Bazaar Arabia by Taylor Tupy


Blackish to Grownish star, Yara Shahidi shined in 2018 as a young and fashionable starlight; nevertheless, Shahidi is also a young activist. In June, she hit the covers of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, pretty in pale pinks of Chanel Haute Couture. Photographer Taylor Tupy captured the 18 year old’s fierce gazes and beautiful smiles for the spread, shining a light of playfulness on the teenage activist actress.


Janelle Monae for Allure by Camila Falquez


With a settling red lip and eye catching, frilly orange Molly Goddard dress, singer-songwriter Janelle Monae calmly gazes into the camera of Camila Falquez. In the month of United States independence, Monae starred in “The Freedom Issue,” speaking on “visibility, loving openly, and choosing freedom over fear.” Using her voice to sing as well as speak up on societal issues, 2018 brought a lot for Monae to empower others with.


Rihanna for British Vogue by Nick Knight


Published online in early August, photographer Nick Knight and musical star Rihanna, combined to create marvelously colorful photographs for British Vogue’s September “Big Fashion Issue.” With a deep red lip and thin eyebrow pulling out her light eyes, the mogul’s face glows while completely surrounded by a colorful floral mane. This shoot is one that pulls the familiar face out of musical celebrity and into high fashion model with her “big” fashion outfits.


Beyonce for Vogue by Tyler Mitchell


Sporting a Gucci dress, Lynn Ban jeweled headpiece, Rebel Rebel headdress, and a captivating smize, worldwide phenomenon Beyonce was capture by photographer Tyler Mitchell for Vogue. Young, but already present and rising in fashion photography scene, this project exalts Mitchell immensely in his field. After shooting several sessions with Beyonce’s sister Solange, he stepped to the big league when photographing arguably the most famous musical artist of our time. Making this collaboration even more groundbreaking was Mitchell becoming the first ever black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue.


Issa Rae for Glamour by Petra Collins


In the past couple years, Issa Rae has thrived as a force in an industry that black women do not always get to thrive in. With her hit HBO show Insecure, created and starred in by herself, Rae covered Glamour’s “TV Issue.” Glowing from the sultry colored and sparkly photography of Petra Collins, for the cover, Rae stares matter-of-fact into the camera, with gold hoop earrings and a long braid to the side as she stands before a blue California sky.


Michael B. Jordan for Vanity Fair by Cass Bird


In the past few years, Michael B. Jordan has been a star on the rise. Having roles in several hit TV shows since the start of his career, as well as starring in films. Taking a major role in 2018’s Black Panther and starring in Creed II exalted the actor even more. In the November Vanity Fair issue, Cass Bird photographs a lighter and even technicolor dream-like side of Jordan. For the cover however, he flashes a serious gaze with water up to his chest as he is dressed in only a black blazer and thin gold chain.


Viola Davis for Glamour by Paola Kudacki


Capping off the year with the mid-season finale of her hit show How to Get Away with Murder and critically acclaimed movie Widows, Viola Davis added a Glamour Woman of the Year to her accolades. Glamour acclaimed several women as honorees for their Women of Year and Davis was one said to have held a “quiet power” for her missions of female activism spanning over three decades. Dressed in a simple white Solace London dress, photographer Paola Kudacki captures the sun kissing Davis’ sleek, flawless skin and bright smiling face.

Must Mention

Adut Akech for i-D UK by Campbell Addy


After making her modeling debut in 2017, Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech took off in 2018. From being a magazine cover-girl to strutting some of high fashions highest on the runway, Adut’s has become an unforgettably pristine face. In this Fall issue of i-D, Adut’s face takes complete focus, her dark skin juxtaposing her hot pink Balenciaga turtleneck as she gives her own rendition of i-D’s must-do covering an eye pose. The photo is simple, yet simply unforgettable and one of 2018’s best in black. Look forward to seeing her and other black faces on more covers in 2019!

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