Color on the Cover: Did Essence Copy Glamour Magazine’s Annual Age Issue Cover Concept?

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but outright copying in the media industry can smell of desperation!

For its April issue, the voice of Black women in America, Essence magazine, has (from the looks of it) stolen the annual age issue concept from Glamour—even completely translating their three-actresses-of-varying-ages cover concept.

For their age issue, Essence recruited 27-year-old tennis star Serena Williams, 53-year-old supermodel Iman and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson. See past examples of original Glamour covers from 2007 and 2008 below.

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Color on the Cover: The New Yorker Gives Michelle Obama Sleeves

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Satirical magazine The New Yorker has given First Lady Michelle Obama sleeves for their Style Issue.

The illustration by Floc’h, titled “Michelle O.”, depicts the First Lady on a runaway in a colorful array of full-length sleeved frocks.

New York Times columnist David Brooks, who criticized Obama’s much-debated sleeveless frocks to fellow columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday, will certainly be elated to see that Obama’s “thunder and and lightning” have been “put away” to his liking.

Color on the Cover: Oprah Shares O Magazine Cover with Michelle Obama

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Queen of all media Oprah Winfrey has stepped aside and giving half her cover of O magazine to First Lady Michelle Obama.

In the April issue of O, Oprah interviews the first lady from the White House.

“Say what you will about books—people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it’s important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh,” says Oprah. “And right now nothing—and I mean nothing—is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I’ve never seen.”

Blindie’s loving this cover with two of the highest-profile black women in the world!

Color on the Cover: Freida Pinto & Dev Patel Take Over Entertainment Weekly

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, the stars of Slumdog Millionaire, cover the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, with their EIGHT Academy Awards!

In the issue, the magazine chronicles how the small film from India, helmed by a Brit (Danny Boyle) became an Oscar darling.

“Working on the film has sparked a confidence in me, and a passion for acting,” Patel says. “I feel I can hold my head up high now. I feel like I matured five years in the space of five months. I’m 18 and I was at the Oscars yesterday!”

While Pinto, who can next be seen under the direction of Woody Allen, says of her journey, “Now I think that the fruit of the struggle ends up being the sweetest taste possible. I mean, this is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, bananas–the sweetest fruits in the world put together. It changed my life!”

Color on the Cover: Rosario Dawson on New York Times Style Magazine

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Actress Rosario Dawson takes over the women’s fashion spring 2009 issue of the New York Times Style magazine–and she looks delectable!

The Seven Pounds star and New York native (she was discovered on a stoop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood) also opens up in the magazine’s revealing “Screen Test” series, where she reflects on The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which left the biggest impression on her), nudity on film and her mother unorthodox way of disciplining her (she licked her face)!

Color on the Cover: Kanye West’s Quote-Driven Interview in Details

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Producer turned rapper turned fashion designer turned (insert what’s to come) Kanye West is covering the March 2009 issue of men’s style magazine Details–and as always, he’s not holding his tongue.

Here’s some of Blindie’s favorite quotes from Mr. West:

“Put this in the magazine: There’s nothing more to be said about music. I’m the f–king end-all, be-all of music.”

“People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 a.m., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic…”

“Oh my God, I’m one of the greatest rappers in the world. I’ll get on a track and completely ee-nihilate that track, I’ll eat it and rip it in half. I wouldn’t have to think of it.”

“I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.”

Color on the Cover: Sessilee Lopez Checks Fashion Industry for Dismissing her as a ‘Black Girl’ on Latina Magazine

Dominican/Portuguese beauty Sessilee Lopez is the latest cover girl for Latina Magazine–and she’s dropping some knowledge on being pegged “a black girl” in the fashion industry.

“They automatically think I’m from Africa or Somalia!” she criticizes of the fashion industry, which she says immediately dismisses her as, “‘Oh, You’re a black girl!'”

Of being compared to black modeling greats Grace Jones and Iman, Lopez says, “That’s awesome. Are you kidding me? Me? I’m just me–I’m just this little dork!”