Ashley Graham saw her December British Vogue cover and raised it one new cover of American Vogue. But this time, she’s joined by a few special guests.
Graham posed alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen, Vittoria Ceretti and Imaan Hammam for the glossy’s March 2017 cover. They are, according to Vogue, the models who are “democratizing fashion.”
How are they doing that, you might ask?
We can cite their connection with legions of followers on social media as well as Graham’s ability to shatter stereotypes and speak to women about body positivity. Vogue also writes that “each of these cover girls proudly inhabits her own particular gorgeousness in her own particular way. Together they represent a seismic social shift: The new beauty norm is no norm. And fashion, the industry that – yes – has historically done much to enforce beauty codes, is joining the movement, ¡Viva La Revolucion! All are welcome. Anything goes.”
If you find it a bit of a reach that Vogue is helping drive the democratization of fashion, you’re not alone. The magazine is not exactly known for relatable content, and revolutions are not made by putting some of the world’s most beautiful women ― all of whom are a similar age and all but one of whom are of similar size ― on a single cover.
But there is diversity there. And it comes on a day when Graham also released her latest collection and ad with Swimsuitsforall, featuring “a beautiful group of women – non-models and some local ladies from San Juan,” according to a press release. The company said the ad was made to encourage “women of all shapes, ages and background to come together and celebrate their unique womanhood.”
Two moves to a more diverse fashion world in one day? We’ll take it.
Head to Vogue, which hits newsstands Feb. 21, to read the entire story.