Glamour South Africa Gets its First Black South African Cover Girl. Wait…

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Glamour South Africa


Glamour South Africa recently unveiled it’s December 2014 cover, which is graced by the lovely Bonang Matheba, a South African television presenter and radio personality. And while many are congratulating her, others have a few questions.

Pontsho Pilane points out in a post for The Daily Vox,

According to Glamour SA, 54% of its readers are young black women. Glamour SA claims that “the magazine reflects South Africa’s rapidly changing demographics”; 54% of its readers are young, black women.

In a county where 70% of the population is black, it is both shocking and disturbing that a South African women’s magazine has never had a local black personality on its cover. Or is it just us?

While South Africa boasts an active fashion industry with many publications featuring local models and talents, I agree with Pilane’s assertion that the South African version of an international publishing brand featuring a black South African cover model after 10 years, is pretty disturbing, indeed.


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