Glossy Mags Have Become More Representative - But There's Still A Lot Of Work To Be Done

14/08/2014 16:32 | Updated 22 May 2015

Urmee Khan says the number of non-white cover girls from 2012-2013 is proportional, but there's still a lot to be done when it comes to making fashion magazines truly reflective of their society

The fashion industry is constantly reprimanded for not being inclusive enough – its girls are too skinny, too white and the fashion press similarly gets criticised for publishing pictures of girls that are too skinny, too white.

So, imagine my surprise reading MyDaily's research looking at cover girls on the UK's eight biggest selling glossies over the past 12 months.

The research found that over the past 12 months, 13 out of 97 (one magazine had a double cover for Dec 12) covers had a non-white face. That's just over 1 in 7 magazines.

To be honest, that is better than I would have guessed as it is at least in keeping with the population of the UK.

More than 4/5ths of British residents (86 white or European, even though the census finds only 73.9% of the population is white.

A look at London Fashion week might reveal a sadly similar story. As Jourdan Dunn told This Is London: "London's not a white city so why should our catwalks be so white? I go to castings and see several black and Asian girls, then I get to the show and look around and there's just me and maybe one other coloured face. They just don't get picked."

SEE MyDaily's full report on 2012-2013 cover girl diversity here.


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