April's Magazine Covers Are A Huge Win For Natural Hair In Hollywood

Securing a magazine cover is kinddd of a big deal in Hollywood. And when you're a person of color, it's even more important. Sure, it's a great way to plug your project — but more than that, a national (or even better, international) cover helps challenge the industry's antiquated standards of beauty. Long, blonde hair and fair skin don't just sell tickets and albums. People of color have just as much talent, versatility, and range as the Jennifer Lawrences and TSwifts of the world — and they look damn good doing what they do, too.
The conversation of "Hollywood beauty" needs to include natural hair textures and, thankfully, many of April 2018's cover stars (including Yara Shahidi and Viola Davis) help achieve that mission. The stars ahead are wearing their curls, coils, locs, and protective styles that look gorgeous, and serve an even greater cause.
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Adwoa Aboah basically went bare for Allure's Skin issue — including her hair, buzzed by Esther Langham.
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Florals for spring are groundbreaking, especially when worn like Gugu Mbatha-Raw (created by hairstylist Eugene Souleiman).
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Yara Shahidi donned pierced side cornrows for her second Essence cover...
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... and her natural wash-and-go texture on T Singapore. Both looks were done by her longtime hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson.
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Believe it or not, but the fringed headband atop #MeToo founder Tarana Burke's 'fro is actually a necklace (according to hairstylist Ro Morgan).
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"Can't really explain what it's like to go from 'she's not cover material' to two covers in one day," SZA, who loves playing with weaves and wigs, wrote of her Fader feature.
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Viola Davis proudly flaunted her crown for Porter's weekly publication a look similar to the one she rocked at the Golden Globes. "The movement of wearing black and standing in solidarity for all women was my inspiration," Jamika Wilson, her stylist, told us of the latter style. "Their collective choice speaks volumes; they stood tall and unapologetic for their beliefs. And I wanted to create a hairstyle equally as bold and beautiful."
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A few weeks later, Lisa Bonet let her locs loose for the same mag.
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Storm Reid swapped her box braids for carefree curls on Sesi, a magazine for teenage Black girls.
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"Haters will say it's photoshopped," Lena Waithe said of her stunning Vanity Fair cover, with locs by Felicia Leatherwood and a "light beat" by Starlynn and Rebekah Aladdin.
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No one knows the Knowles' strands better than Ms. Tina, who had her own hair salon, and longtime hairstylist Neal Farinah. He gave Solange a halo of blonde curls for Billboard.

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