8 Black Owned Fashion Magazines To Read

8 Black Owned Fashion Magazines To Support - Essence Mag Halima Aden

Mainstream magazines don’t really focus on us (unless black people are trending) so its important for me to share 8 black fashion magazines that have always shared the beauty of black people. While growing up, I loved flipping through magazines that featured people that looked like me (and I still do). I find that I naturally gravitate towards anything that resembles what I see in the mirror. The Black-Owned series continues as we discuss magazines!

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When I read Essence, I feel welcomed! It’s such a community of sisterhood that it’s hard not to feel embraced as a black woman. Julee Wilson’s work as the Global Fashion and Beauty Director can easily get anyone’s creative juices flowing. I’ve admired her work as an Editor for so many years. Although she’s moved on from Essence, the publication is still a staple in the black community.

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Long before it was a trend, Black brilliance shined bright on our covers and the stories that shaped Black realities were brought to life in every issue. Because of Black women, we are, and at the dawn of a new decade, Black-owned and proud, we remain. We grow for her, we honor her, we fight for her. Today, and always. The official ESSENCE 50th Anniversary Hub is now live! Click the ?in our bio to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from our cover shoots, see which of your favorite celebs have appeared on the most ESSENCE covers and more! “For 50 years, ESSENCE has been the epicenter of all things Black; Black culture, Black beauty, Black fashion, and Black life. We are honored to be the place where Black stories have always mattered.” – MoAna Luu, Chief Content & Creative Officer, ESSENCE #Essence50

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Ebony magazine is the first black fashion magazine to be circulated nationally. Since it was created in 1945, the focus of the publication has always been black people.


I absolutely love Munaluchi Bride! Its one of my favorite instagram pages to follow as it always features a very beautiful aesthetic. One of my favorite covers is the Winter 2017 issue. It features Letoya Luckett and she’s looks like a work of art!

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A year ago we were shooting this!! Looking back on one of our favorite covers featuring @letoyaluckett and photographed by @stanlophotography. – #Repost @stanlophotography ・・・ Officially one year ago since I shot this amazing cover with @munaluchibride & @letoyaluckett ❤️❤️❤️ . . . _ Cover photographed by @stanlophotography | Gown: @nardosdesign | Creative Direction: @munaluchibride | Asst. Creative Direction: @dureevents | Wardrobe Stylist: @stylistjbolin | Asst Stylist: @alyshaantoinette | Makeup: @glamourrx | Hair: @miguelofdallas | Venue: @theadolphushotel | Publicist: @susiejuan | Asst to Editor: @lizzybonnemua #munawinter17 #walkerdowntheaisle #munaluchi #munaluchibride #weddingday #letoyaluckett

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Kolor Magazine was created a couple of years ago and its beautiful to see what Nigel Isaiah has accomplished with the publication! He created the magazine for us and I appreciate the work that he does.


CRWM Mag delivers such great pastel goodness! I love the pastel backdrops featuring black women. Issa Rae stars in the Storytellers Issue and I’m super excited for whats to come with this amazing publication!

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The Storytellers Issue: @issarae for #CRWNMAG

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Founded by Vince Lane, The Garnette Report is a great destination for keeping up with trending topics in fashion. The online publication features multicultural fashion news.


I couldn’t create this list without including Vibe Magazine! I remember reading Vibe Magazine as a kid. Its a staple in the black community.


Right now, my favorite thing about Kontrol Magazine is that Trina Braxton is on the cover of their Summer Bridal issue looking fabulous!

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The wait is finally over! Join our team in celebrating the release of the premiere KONTROL BRIDES SUMMER 2020 LOVE STRUCK issue featuring @trinabraxton1 … and with that, we’re unveiling the brand new cover, captured by the oh-so-talented @sterlingpics ! Our Love Struck issue, inspired by the fashion and love that we have for the African American women of the world, is filled to the brim with high-end, ultra-feminine bridal styles. But the one look that stood out to us most is this striking gown from @elitepourlavie featuring this romantic full skirt– we’re obsessed! ⁠• Stay tuned to see the full shoot captured by @sterlingpics this Friday at Kontrolmag .com And in the meantime, place your pre-order for the SS20 premiere by magazine at the link in bio! Cheers!⁠ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ Kontrol Brides FEATURED Vendors:⁠⠀ Photographer: @sterlingpics Art Direction @julianlark & @russell.wendell Styling: @julianlark Fashion Stylist Assist by @vwarnerinc Gown: @elitepourlavie ⁠⠀ Hair: @kimberlythecreatork Makeup: @mr.jglenn ⁠⠀⁠⠀ Venue: @upstairsatlanta ⠀ Videographer: @iconofilm ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #kontrolmag #kontrolthebrand #weddinginspiration #weddinginspo #wedding #bride #bridetobe #engaged #cover #magazinecover #magcover #coverreveal #bridalmag #bridalmagazine #weddingmag #weddingmagazine #ss20 #springsummer2020 #CountdownToTheCover ⁠⠀

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Which black owned magazine is your fave?

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2 Thoughts to “8 Black Owned Fashion Magazines To Read”

  1. Comfort Ayoade

    I am always happy when I read about black progress. Oyin, I thank for this information which has enrich my knowledge. God bless you. Amen


    I am the editor of Style Maven Magazine a fashion, beauty, & lifestyle magazine. Owned, published, and written by African-American Entrepreneur, Crystal Glass Warner. Since 2015. Visit us @stylemavenmagazine

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