Magazine Cover Diversity Report 2016

Fashionista does a magazine cover diversity report every year. This year the online fashion publication reviewed 147 covers from 10 leading U.S. fashion magazines. Last year’s report showed that magazines did not improve in 2015. This year, however, magazines improved greatly.

In 2015, 27 of the 137 covers reviews featured non white people while the year before 27 out of 136 did. It was an improvement but a small one going from 19.7% to 19.8%.

In 2016, however, magazines made a lot of improvement. Fashionista looked at covers from the same magazines they did last year and found that 53 of 147 covers featured non white people. That’s 36% compared to last year’s 19.8%, which is a 16.9% increase.

Teen Vogue was the most diverse magazine this year. The publication included non-white women on 7 of its 11 covers, which is 63.6%. Nylon had the most improvement by increasing the number of non-white people on covers from 1 in 2015 to 5 this year. Glamour, however, had no improvement and published only 3 of 14 covers featuring non-white people like last year.

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As for age diversity, both Elle and W put women of an older age on their covers.

Here is a list of the magazines that improved and how much they improved compared to last year and the year before.

Allure

Allure featured non-white people on 5 of 13 covers this year compared to 3 of 12 covers in both 2015 and 2014.

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan featured non-white people on 4 of 12 covers this year. The magazine had non-white people on 2 of 12 covers in 2015 and on only 1 of 12 in 2014.

Elle

Elle featured non-white people on 9 of 26 covers this year. The magazine had non-white people on 3 of 19 covers in 2015 and on 5 of 22 in 2014.

InStyle

InStyke featured non-white people on 7 of 12 covers this year. The magazine had non-white people on 5 of 12 covers in 2015 and on only 1 of 12 in 2014.

Nylon

Nylon had the most improvement by increasing the number of non-white people on covers from 1 of 11 in 2015 to 5 of 11 this year. The magazine had non-white people on 4 of 11 covers in 2014.

Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue was the most diverse magazine this year featuring non-white people on 7 of 11 covers, which is 63.6%. The magazine had non-white people on 4 of 11 covers in 2015 and on only 1 of 11 in 2014.

Vogue

Vogue featured non-white people on 5 of 12 covers this year. The magazine had non-white people on 3 of 12 covers in 2015 and on 4 of 12 in 2014.

W

W featured non-white people on 7 of 26 covers this year. The magazine had non-white people on 2 of 22 covers in 2015 and on 4 of 20 in 2014.

Fashionista releases these reports every year but they only look at covers from leading fashion magazine in the United States. The Fashion Spot released their diversity report in which they reviewed 678 covers from 48 top international fashion magazines.

The Fashion Spot found that 29% of covers featured non-white people which was a 6.2% increase from last year. That’s compared to 22.8% in 2015 and 17.4% in 2014. 197 covers featured non-white people while 482 covers did not.

As for curvy women, magazines featured curvy women on only 6 of the 678 covers reviewed.

So, what do you think? Did magazines improve cover diversity this year? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


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