Color on the Cover

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Color on the Cover: Models Liya Kebede & Jourdan Dunn Among ‘Faces of the Moment’ for Vogue May 2009 Issue

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Superbeauty Liya Kebede is among one of the nine “faces of the moment” featured on Vogue‘s May 2009 cover–and newcomer Jourdan Dunn can be seen on the pullout!

This is the third consecutive Vogue cover featuring a black woman (March was Michelle Obama and April was Beyonce).

Other models on the May 2009 issue include Natalia Vodianova, Anna Jagodzinska, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Lara Stone, Caroline Trentini, and Natasha Poly.

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Color on the Cover: Michelle Obama and Mama Marian Robinson’s First Interview Together

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Essence magazine’s May issue celebrates Mother’s Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson.

Mom-in-Chief On…

ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: “We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world.”

COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: “The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It’s nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don’t need it…all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools.”

Grandma-in-Chief On…

ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: “The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don’t have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don’t [just] decide I will never do that again.”

ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: “…I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”

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Color on the Cover: Jennifer Hudson’s Resilience Revealed in Entertainment Weekly

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”Too often we look at things through human eyes. But when you look at the world spiritually, it makes far more sense. I don’t think I would be here without it.”

Entertainment Weekly cover girl Jennifer Hudson says of relying on her religion and work for strength after her family’s murder in the magazine’s April 10, 2009 issue.

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Color On The Cover: Lenny Kravitz Shoots Daughter Zoe, Alicia Keys & Beyonce for Vogue Russia

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Lenny Kravitz plays photograoher as he points the camera lens on a few high profile celebrities, including his daughter Zoe, for the April issue of Vogue Russia.

Kravitz appears on the cover sporting a closely shaven head with arms wrapped around model Carmen Kass and his intimate shots of daughter Zoe Kravitz, singers Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lionel Richie and rapper Jay-z appear inside.

All criticisms aside, like the odd pairing of Kass and Kravitz, their relevancy to anything current, or even the quality of some of Kravitz photos, we still love it! Because everything is just a little bit sexier when Lenny is involved!

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GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Favorite Vogue Covers Starring Influential Black Women

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With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women:

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1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world’s first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn’t only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, “Cover Model with a Cause!”

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3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, “The Today Look.”

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4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. “The First Lady the World’s Been Waiting For” on their March 2009 cover–and we couldn’t agree anymore!

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5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue‘s Power Issue in March 2007. “To embrace Jennifer’s success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine,” Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.

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