July 15, 2019

By the numbers: The Stars of September

Notes on methodology

The People

The term “person of color” has definitions that may change across countries and cultures. Here, we are using primarily American constructions and definitions. Some examples: Ms. Hadid and her sister, Gigi, are of Palestinian and Dutch heritage. Emails to a representative for the sisters on how they prefer to identify were not returned. Because Gigi Hadid has spoken about the importance of her identity as Arab and is both welcomed and questioned for it, we count them as women of color. (Zendaya is biracial too, after all.) And because of the vagaries of American construction of identity, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez count and Penelope Cruz … doesn’t. (Clover Hope agrees.)

The Magazines

For this test, the magazines surveyed were Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, Glamour, and InStyle, all published by the industry’s major corporate players, Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith, which recently acquired Time Inc. titles. We focused on magazines that seemed specifically and primarily concerned with fashion; that removed Vanity Fair, though September is its annual “Style Issue,” and magazines like Cosmopolitan and Allure. We looked only at magazines currently putting out print issues, so Teen Vogue and Self were out. And we exempted twice-yearly and quarterly magazines, and looked only at those with eight or more issues per year, which could reasonably be said to have September issues, even if they are not called “September” as such.

(W considers both its “Volume 4” issue, out in print next week, and its “Volume 5,” out Sept. 4, as September issues, for instance. Volume 4 is discussed above; 5 features Cate Blanchett, who guest-edited the issue with an all-female team of photographers, stylists and artists for a “Female Gaze” theme.)

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/style/diversity-september-issue-magazines.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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