”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.”
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:
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.
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!”
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.”
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!
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.
“I just wrote a movie for her that I’m really excited about,” the 39-year-old media mogul told People magazine at the premiere of Madea Goes to Jail. “I’m hoping she’ll be able to do it.”
“Looking and talking to [Jennifer], there’s sadness in her eyes, but my thoughts and prayers are always with her,” Perry added. “That’s one of the reasons why I want her to do this role, because I think it’d be really cathartic for her to take it on and work through some things.”
Of the prospective project, Perry says, “[Jennifer] says that she’s been wanting to work with me for a a very long time and I definitely want to work with her. We just have to find the right time.”
Grammy and Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson took home three NAACP Image Awards on Thursday in the categories, best new artist, outstanding collaboration and best album.
Both Chris Brown and Rihanna, who were absent from the event, were nominated for Image Awards. Jamie Foxx beat out Brown in the category of outstanding male artist while Beyonce won over Rihanna for outstanding female artist of the year.
The NAACP celebrates it’s 100th anniversary this year.
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Hudson faces off with Beyonce Knowles (who is up for six awards) and Alicia Keys in the outstanding female music artist, best music video and outstanding supporting actress categories.
The 40th NAACP Image Awards will air on Feb. 12 and will be hosted by Halle Berry and Tyler Perry.
Detailing the horrific events that have occurred in the last week, which took the lives of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason, and 7-year-old nephew Julian King, the magazines highlight Hudson’s agony and quest for answers.
Blindie applauds both People and Us Weekly for shedding light on this tragedy and making it a point to tell the story–for once–of a black family’s anguish.