Kelsey on black cover models

Former Cosmopolitan editor Linda Kelsey has blamed the conservative nature of the industry for the lack of black models on magazine covers – and the fact that there are so few black celebrities. Speaking on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, She recited an anecdote from when she was Cosmo editor that distributors had warned her off using a black model because such covers did not sell. The magazine used the black model and she said it had no discernible effect on sales.

Nowadays, such titles no longer used models, but celebrities instead, she said. Also, Kate Moss would be used rather than Naomi Campbell because she was guaranted to sell copies.

The interview comes after a Guardian report earlier this month asking ‘Why are all the models white?’

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4 Responses to “Kelsey on black cover models”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    Dame Viviene Westwood is also campaigning against racism in the world of fashion mags – so good on these ladies for highlighting this issue. As a huge fan, and regular subscriber, of fashion magazines I can honestly say the model appearing on the front cover would have no impact on my decision to purchase.

  2. magforum Says:

    Do you have a link to what Westwood is up to?

  3. Robert Thompson Says:

    I will take the lack of black models one step further. When was the last time that you saw a black entertainer with their own special. The networks have even given poker their own shows. There was a special on tonight celebrating the simpsons. But black entertainers can not get their own show. Thank goodness for reality television on cable,and channel 46 here in saint louis missouri. Family Guy,The Simpsons,American Dad,and The Cleveland Show are CARTOONS! But black entertainers can not get on television unless the are playing second fiddle to white entertainers. As big as Beyonce is,do you see CBS,NBC,or ABC giving her own music special on their network? But country artist have music specials on their network. Things may have changed but certain things remain the same. Peace.

  4. Magforum blog Says:

    […] loss of Helen Bazuaye as a black editor back in 2004 when 19 closed. And former Cosmopolitan editor Linda Kelsey has blamed the conservative nature of the industry for the lack of black models on magazine […]

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