We don’t know if we should be happy or sad to share that Liya Kebede has landed the May 2015 cover of Vogue Paris, because it marks the first time in five years that a black model has graced the cover of the glossy.
According to Fashionista.com, model Rose Cordero was the last person of color to cover Vogue Paris back in March 2010. The bittersweet news also comes just two months after we were shocked to learn that Jourdan Dunn’s February 2015 cover of Vogue UK was the first time a black model has covered the publication solo in 12 years.
The lack of diversity within the fashion industry continues to be a pressing issue. Efforts have been made by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and its international counterparts to encourage diversity on the runways. However, little progress has been made. Couple that with racially insensitive instances like the use of blackface in fashion editorials or fashion leaders using the N-word, and it’s clear what a huge problem the industry is dealing with.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t take Vogue Paris another half a decade to realize that diversity is beautiful.