In a recent issue of The Guardian, journalist Tasny Hoskins noted that not since Naomi Campbell graced the magazine’s cover in 2002 — 12 years ago — has another black female model been featured by herself on the cover of the British fashion bible. Offering names like Malaika Firth and Jourdan Dunn as worthy Covergirls, Hoskins bats away arguments that black covers don’t sell.
Jody Furlong, founder of The Eye Casting, is quoted in the article saying, “There hasn’t been one for twelve years! You can’t say people don’t buy it when they’re not given the chance to buy it.” Vogue UK EIC Alexandra Shulman responded saying “We have put Beyoncé and Rihanna on the cover of Vogue and at least half our covers do not feature models. We love Jourdan Dunn and she was the cover star of the last Miss Vogue which previously had featured Cara Delevingne.”
And while the statement actually isn’t true — since 2002, 95 covers have featured models while 58 have featured celebrities, which isn’t half — maybe this means Dunn will finally get her cover, as her bestie Cara has already appeared on the cover of three issues.
Jourdan’s been relegated to a British Vogue supplement cover, and its teen spinoff, Miss Vogue. Her one appearance on an actual British Vogue cover was a joint shoot with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eden Clark, in November 2008.