It’s August, and you know what that means: thigh sweat from unbearable humidity, finales for all of your summer shows, and the unveiling of every fashion publication’s September issue cover featuring their *fave* looks on their *fave* skinny white women.

Fashion magazines devote a ton of time and effort to their September issues. Why? Well, this is when we officially pack away our summergoth dresses and bikinis and start (thank god) breaking out our cozy sweaters, twelve-year-old velour sweatpants that we wouldn’t be caught dead in outside of the house (or is that just me?) , lightweight jackets, and ankle boots. The September issue marks a transition in the weather and in fashion. September’s issue is downright prestigious compared to other more basic months such as March. I mean, there’s even a documentary called The September Issue. It’s kind of a big deal.


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Which is why you’d think it would be a priority to feature some diversity on these best-selling covers, but, alas, it seems the industry has continued down the same ‘ole whitewashed path that makes us shake our fists and yell “WHY?” at the Duane Reade newsstands.

First, we have three of the most powerful members of a girl squad you’re probably not familiar with (jk) : T-Swift for Vanity Fair. Gigi Hadid for W. Karlie Kloss for both Glamour and Canada’s Flair.Next comes a long list of celebs who might not strut down T-Swift’s 1989 runway but are powerful and beautifully fair nonetheless. Are you ready for this list? Okay. Ready, set, go: Emma Watson for Vogue UK, Kristen Stewart for ELLE UK, Rita Ora for Glamour UK, Demi Lovato for Cosmo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper’s Bazaar UK, Iggy Azalea for Seventeen, Nicole Kidman for Vogue Australia, Katy Perry for Vogue Japan, Daria Werbowy for Porter and Freja Beha Erichsen for WSJ. All women are undeniably beautiful. All women are also undeniably thin and light-skinned.

Proving that a bit of diversity can spice up a September cover are these two (yes… two) magazines: Vogue China with Chinese talents Li Bingbing, Du Juan, Zhang Ziyi, Liu Wen, Zhou Xun, Chris Lee, Vicki Zhao, Carina Lau and Fan Bingbing; and Dazed with Lineisy Montero alongside a very Anglo Molly Blair.

And these are just the covers that have been released so far. Who knows what we’ll get from those holding out until later in the month. Fingers crossed they add a bit more color to fashion’s recurring white space.

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