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.