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How Diverse Are The Major Magazine's April 2018 Covers?

How Diverse Are The Major Magazine's April 2018 Covers?

"Representation matters!"

"Representation is really really important!"

"This is why representation is a necessity!"

No matter how you say it, it all boils down to the same fundamental idea: people want to see themselves reflected in mainstream images. At NUDEST we get it, our brand is literally based on that idea that representation should be accessible to everyone regardless of skin tone. Unfortunately this isn't standard in any industry, but the media seems to have a particularly difficult time representing a spectrum of complexions. Even though there are some victories, it still feels like for every step we take forward, we seem to take two steps back.

We wanted to find a way to examine how diverse representation in the media space is, so we decided to look at 15 monthly magazines and see how many times each of the six major NUDEST skin tones appear on these covers.

Lena Waithe

 Lena is Rich.

Lena is Rich.

Yara Shahidi

 Yara is Medium. 

Yara is Medium. 

Cardi B

Jessica Alba

 Jessica is Medium.

Jessica is Medium.

 Cardi is Medium.

Cardi is Medium.


Kendall Jenner

 Kendall is Fair.

Kendall is Fair.

Demi Lovato

 Demi is Medium.

Demi is Medium.

J. Lo

 Jennifer is Medium.

Jennifer is Medium.


Adwoa Aboah

 Adwoa is Medium. 

Adwoa is Medium. 

Rowan Blanchard

 Rowan is Light. 

Rowan is Light. 


Diddy

 Diddy is Deep.

Diddy is Deep.

Kim Kardashian

 Kim is Medium. 

Kim is Medium. 

Alicia Vikander

Mary J. Blige

 Mary is Deep. 

Mary is Deep. 

 Alicia is Medium.

Alicia is Medium.


Shia LaBeouf

 Shia is Light. 

Shia is Light. 

Camila Cabello, Elle Fanning and Aja Naomi King

 Camila is Medium, Elle is Fair, and Aja is Rich.

Camila is Medium, Elle is Fair, and Aja is Rich.

Of the 15 covers we looked at, there 17 celebs featured on the cover. We ran each of them through our NUDEMETER and 2 of them were fair, 2  were light, 9 were medium, none were tan, 2 were dark and 2 were rich.

April 2018 Magazine Represenation

On a surface level, it was nice that five of the six groups were represented, but as you can see more than half of were in the media skin tone category. Ethnically Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Kim Kardashian and Alicia Vikander are all different, so that allows women of different races to be reflected...if they have a medium skin. April could have been better but it definitely could have been worse.

No Thanks, Kim K. Black Women are not an Afterthought or a Prop.

No Thanks, Kim K. Black Women are not an Afterthought or a Prop.

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