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Halle Berry Is the First Black Woman to Appear on Vogue's September Issue Since 1989

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The most important cover of fashion magazines' most important month of the year may remind you of its editor: Halle Berry has exchanged her signature cropped hairstyle for a little Anna Wintour–esque bob on Vogue's September issue. Berry is the first black woman to appear on Vogue's September cover since Naomi Campbell in 1989 (Campbell was the first black woman ever to appear on the magazine's September cover). So Berry is the first black celebrity to enjoy the honor — and she looks gorgeous doing so.

We don't have our paper copy of the issue yet, so it's unclear if the lack of September cover-girl diversity is something Wintour will address in her editor's letter. The magazine has used the Internet (bravo!) to take a look back at the last ten September covers, but doesn't acknowledge that they all have white people on them. Berry briefly acknowledges her cover's significance in explaining why she finally agreed to do a big interview after being silent for so long:

"The only reason she is submitting now, she says, is that Vogue made her an offer she couldn't refuse: the September cover. "What that means for a woman of color and what that means in the fashion world, what that means to pop culture, there was no way I could say, 'No, I'm not going to be on the biggest issue of the year.'"

Berry also fails to say anything truly provocative about her recent breakup with Gabriel Aubry (they're still friends, committed parents, love each other but are not IN love, etc.), which many speculated Vogue editors would count on for this issue. The magazine also left those bits off the cover, unlike the strangely tabloid-y treatment they gave Jennifer Aniston. But who cares about gossip when they can say they have 726 pages of fall fashion? It's quite a step up from last year's 584.

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colossusx 13th-Aug-2010 06:10 am (UTC)
i swear you black people complain about everything
hergun_wentbang 13th-Aug-2010 06:13 am (UTC)
blaq 13th-Aug-2010 06:14 am (UTC)
citylights309 13th-Aug-2010 06:15 am (UTC)
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got2shakeitoff 13th-Aug-2010 07:04 am (UTC)
honeydukes7 13th-Aug-2010 06:47 am (UTC)
kimmy_kun 13th-Aug-2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Oh, you. :*
oumeoumai 13th-Aug-2010 07:07 am (UTC)

No. ;-)
got2shakeitoff 13th-Aug-2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Is there something significant about September?
rainbowstarletz 13th-Aug-2010 06:12 am (UTC)
mte. fall collections maybe?
hergun_wentbang 13th-Aug-2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that is it. I know for a fact that September is significant for fashion, but I don't exactly know why haha.
heycunthead 13th-Aug-2010 06:13 am (UTC)
it's basically the beginning of the year for fashion.
pooq45 13th-Aug-2010 06:55 am (UTC)
September is white history month, not to be confused with January, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, and Decmeber.
x_ap0488x 13th-Aug-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)

press play.

not very helpful. but candy pratt price's voice is so funny.
blaq 13th-Aug-2010 06:10 am (UTC)
i thought racism was over. we have a black president now, right?
noshatsherlock 13th-Aug-2010 06:11 am (UTC)
ikr. black people have no reason to complain now.
colossusx 13th-Aug-2010 06:16 am (UTC)
god's been black since the beginning of time
hergun_wentbang 13th-Aug-2010 06:12 am (UTC)
whatever she is white as hell.
heycunthead 13th-Aug-2010 06:12 am (UTC)
idg why she is on the cover tbh. the september issue is the biggest issue of the year. what is halle berry doing rn?
noshatsherlock 13th-Aug-2010 06:13 am (UTC)
being prettier than you
heycunthead 13th-Aug-2010 06:14 am (UTC)
well obv but i don't see the selling point.
icameinyoursoup 13th-Aug-2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Halle is an odd choice, since she hasn't done anything for a few years and has never been known for her style, really.
noshatsherlock 13th-Aug-2010 06:13 am (UTC)
It took 21 years? Really? That's just ridiculous.
pensarelove 13th-Aug-2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
citylights309 13th-Aug-2010 06:17 am (UTC)
hergun_wentbang 13th-Aug-2010 06:19 am (UTC)
Nope! (I'm white by the way, I just know for a fact that almost all the white people outside of my town that I know are super racist with no justification. Swell, really!)
monotonebanana 13th-Aug-2010 06:24 am (UTC)
racism shouldnt need justification
blaq 13th-Aug-2010 06:20 am (UTC)
that movie.. smh
icameinyoursoup 13th-Aug-2010 06:22 am (UTC)
They don't
lestat 13th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
vag_breath 13th-Aug-2010 06:49 am (UTC)
rydee 13th-Aug-2010 07:19 am (UTC)
klinche 13th-Aug-2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I wonder if JGL even knows how lucky he is to be so hot.
scotchsour 13th-Aug-2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Some do.

oh7 13th-Aug-2010 11:52 am (UTC)
lol wut
fwee_prower 13th-Aug-2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
this is true. White ppl can time travel to any time they want and blend in.
_deatheater 13th-Aug-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
what's funny is my friend and I were watching 500 days of summer and a ton of ron-com trailers were on and I said "If you're white you get to fall in love and have fun, but if you're black you get to be Precious".
phnix_daft_mode 13th-Aug-2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Eh. The grass in always greener on the other side. You can still be white and be a pariah from society. America isn't that black and white (no pun intended). Many people are discriminated in society for lots of reasons. Race is just one of them.
icameinyoursoup 13th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
At this rate, it'll be 2031 when they put another black woman on their September issue.
melonfucka 13th-Aug-2010 07:05 am (UTC)
rydee 13th-Aug-2010 07:20 am (UTC)
lol! ikr
monotonebanana 13th-Aug-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
thats pretty cool but i dont like the cover shot
guccipostagurl 13th-Aug-2010 06:26 am (UTC)
too bad its a shitty cover
abiding 13th-Aug-2010 06:27 am (UTC)
But whyyy is she rocking that hair.
soul_amazinn 13th-Aug-2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm guessing you did not read the little paragraphs.
abiding 13th-Aug-2010 07:21 am (UTC)
You mean that it's all Anna Wintour-esque? I caught that a long time ago.
lovely_niqua 13th-Aug-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
She looks cute with that haircut unlike Anne Wintour who looks like a damn turtle!
lovebats 13th-Aug-2010 06:32 am (UTC)
hmmm... halle berry... ok, i guess.
steal_yourcrown 13th-Aug-2010 06:35 am (UTC)
Am I high or was this really already posted?
hergun_wentbang 13th-Aug-2010 06:36 am (UTC)

I think it was posted, but not exactly with this analysis of it.
steal_yourcrown 13th-Aug-2010 06:49 am (UTC)
yeah nevermind I think the one I'm remembering had the same picture but was titled something like "Channeling Anna Wintour"
funbeam 13th-Aug-2010 06:36 am (UTC)
i think her article was posted
wonderpup 13th-Aug-2010 06:38 am (UTC)
I watched "The September Issue" the other night, I never realized how much work goes into it all, even though they pick the oddest celebrities for the cover it seems.
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