The body positive conversation has been happening digitally for some time now but most print magazines have yet to embrace it in a substantive way. Ebony magazine is leading the charge with its March cover dedicated to body image. The cover features four influential plus-size women of color: blogger/designer Gabi Fresh (nèe Gabi Gregg), Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks and singers Jazmine Sullivan and Chrisette Michele.
Styled in military gear and lingerie, the women participate in a “stripped bare” and “unfiltered” conversation about issues like self-love, plastic surgery, dieting and even sex. Their thought-provoking and eye-opening discussion makes the cover story one of the best print features in recent memory. The “Women Up” issue, a celebration of Women’s History Month, is one of several thoughtful and dynamic issues helmed by Editor-in-Chief Kierna Mayo.
The iconic magazine also released “The Family Issue” in November 2015 featuring a provocative article on the public perception of Bill Cosby vs. his beloved TV character, Cliff Huxtable. In December 2015, its “Power to the People” issue explored the intersection of racism and police brutality and featured Harry Belafonte, Jesse Williams, and Zendaya Coleman on the cover. Here’s hoping an issue exploring diversity on the runway is coming down the pipeline.