Fast forward to August – and my Vogue cover was featured in this beautiful issue, alongside Marley Morgan, Bobbi Lockyer, Shanice Mwath, Toni-Louise Lord, Jame Telfer, Leicolhn McKellar, Sophia Chowdhury, Rubi Red and Khylee Fleek. Adut Akeh Bior is on the cover.
Now is the time to stop centering white, thin, non disabled women. Now is the time to represent what society really looks like – to show a diversity of bodies, faces, races, skin types and perspectives, it’s also time that diverse people wrote stories about ourselves – rather than being written about and othered, for someone else gaze. And we want to write about more than just our diversity.
I don’t want diversity to be a special edition, a buzzword or fad. I want to see it in every issue.
Big thanks to Karen who made my mock up cover, Grace from GiDi Creative for making this happen, and to Alice at Vogue for the collaborative writing experience. Can’t wait to do a photoshoot with you one day!
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