Magazines and their cover subjects often have misunderstandings but it’s rare that such conflicts receive public attention. Fantasia recently aired her grievances regarding her cover of Jet Magazine on Instagram. In her post, she begrudged the magazine for deciding not to use images from her recent photoshoot and even accused them of using her as a “crash dummy.”

Jet responded today by way of Editor-in-Chief Mitzi Miller, with the following statement:

“JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue.

It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision. As standard editorial practice, JET consulted with Fantasia’s team, but reserves the right to select the image we deem as most appropriate for JET’s brand and reflective of the cover story sentiment.

JET continues to root for Fantasia’s success and encourages her fans to pick up the new issue.”

Kudos to Jet for their professional, diplomatic yet firm response. Their tone makes us feel that this exchange could have been ironed out over a conference call or even face-to-face meeting, rather than on social media and the blogosphere.

In the wake of Fantasia’s public criticism of Jet, pictures from her recent photoshoot have been released. See them for yourself below:




What do you make of Jet’s response, Clutchettes? Do you agree the dispute could have been handled privately?

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  • Tony

    Interesting footnote to this story:
    After releasing a formal statement Mitzi (Jet Editor in Chief) took to her personal Facebook page to express her own frustrations about the situation. It was slightly less gracious than the press release. The post read:
    “The fact that I wasted an hour of my workday writing a press release to address an issue created by a person who cannot even read it is just… #whyiwannaBahousewife.”
    Once the Facebook post began to circulate, Mitzi gave an apology via MadameNoire.com:
    “I apologize for the lack of sensitivity shown in my FaceBook post. It was a thoughtless comment made during a moment of frustration. It was unprofessional and not representative of the JET mission, which is to uplift. I regret letting my emotions get the best of me. I am truly apologetic,” Mitzi said.

  • First of all, I don’t read “Jet” magazines anymore, I peeped there contridiction a long time ago through many of their stories. I would not have found out about this one had I not been browsing the internet. After reading the story I felt compelled to leave a comment. A question was asked, “Should Jet Magazine be shut down because of Mitzi’s comment?? First of all, Mitzi made that stupid remark away from the job, not on Jet Magazine’s time/clock. However, because she is employed by them, and the comment was based on a “Press release” regarding Fantasia Barbarino, which was submitted on company’s time, therefore she should be held accountable for her actions on or off company’s property. Why, because the story originated with Jet, she carried it home to add more on her Facebook, when she should have left it alone. Nevertheless, if her employer (Jet Magazine) does not get rid of that ghetto mentality, then they should be forced to fold (no pun intended) their final pages. Who wants to read insensitive remarks coming from public editors? Fantasia is a beautiful black woman who does not need to be degraded.

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