Vogue’s little sister, Teen Vogue, has a penchant for spotting models and celebrities way before they reach thousands of likes on Instagram. Take the mag’s February 2008 cover, for example, featuring then newcomers Karlie Kloss, Ali Michael and Chanel Iman. So when they recently featured three new models for their August cover story, you better believe we’re paying attention.
What’s noteworthy about this lineup is that all three models are women of color. In an industry where top design houses (cough, Dior) are just recently starting to use non-white models in their runway shows, this is a giant step in the right direction for the magagazine (especially after the controversy surrounding Elaine Welteroth’s article on Senegalese twists in the last issue).
The new faces—Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam—aren’t exactly strangers to the fashion industry. Egyptian-Moroccan Hammam is a breakout star who’s already landed a Givenchy campaign and her first Vogue cover. French-Ivorian Jones, has already walked in 47 runway shows to date, and Dominican-bred Montero kicked off her modeling career on the Prada runway. (Definitely not “new” faces).
The August cover signals an era of progress in an industry that has needed it for way too long. While it’s extremely exciting, our real hope is that this stops being news and instead becomes the norm.