On Twitter today, Solange Knowles remarked on Nylon magazine's bright-white cover lineup: "Just realizing ive never seen a black girl on the COVER of @NylonMag and its one of my fave mag's EVER! Can we fix that please?" Fair criticism?
Nylon has its covers online starting October 2006. This is what it looks like:
You get the idea. But then Solange corrected herself. There actually has been a woman of color on the cover of the eleven-year-old fashion magazine in recent memory: Lil' Kim. In 2003.
That would be one cover model of color in seven years. By our reckoning, no other fashion magazine — not even Vogue, which in 2009 put First Lady Michelle Obama and Beyoncé on the cover — can beat that record for homogeneity.