From the colorless cover of Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood issue to the infrequent covers featuring black women on Vogue Magazine, it’s clear that racial diversity is just not a priority to several top publications despite the varied ethnic backgrounds of their readers. T Magazine now joins the pantheon of white-washed magazines as the first issue edited by incoming editor Deborah Needleman was devoid of a single model or subject of color. Once the lack of diversity was brought to Needleman’s attention, she offered this explanation:
It was something I noticed and regretted as we were putting the issue together. We are a global magazine and so would like the content , subjects and geography of stories to reflect that. In coming issues, we cover the people and places of Seoul, São Paulo, Kenya, Bollywood actors, Nigeria, etc. A majority of fashion models are still unfortunately mostly white, but it is our aim to celebrate quality and beauty in all its diverse forms. We can and will aim to do better, but our goal is first and foremost to deliver the best stories we find, and it is my belief that quality and good journalism appeal to all of us regardless of our specific ethnic origins.
Her statement is interesting. Though a global perspective is a welcome change, why would she need to leave the U.S. to add more color to T Magazine‘s pages? And do magazines get a pass for not including models of different backgrounds since the majority of working models are white?
Some agree with her logic but I still believe magazine editors and publishers could easily achieve diversity if it was important to them. What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?