Magazine Covers Were More Diverse This Year, Study Says
In its year-end report, The Fashion Spot has outlined just how well the fashion industry has embraced diversity across magazine covers over the past 12 months. And the results? Certainly promising, but there’s still work to be done.
While diversity encapsulates many different factors of identity—race, gender, age, and body size, for example—the report aimed to track the specific number of publications that included more than just one type. For instance, as far as a wide representation of race, the industry saw an increase of 6.2%. This translates to a 29% non-white presence on covers, such as for Teen Vogue, Paper, and InStyle—three publications specifically applauded for a being especially inclusive in 2016, according to TFS.
However, not all numbers reported reflected as significant a leap in progress. According to the results, where some fashion publications fell short was in representation of transgender people, women who wear plus-size clothing, and anyone above the age of 50. These categories saw a mere .7%, .9%, and 5.3% of representation, respectively, across the 679 covers observed in this surveyed.
Click over to The Fashion Spot for the diversity report's full results.