October Fashion Magazine Report Card

Each month we review popular U.S. fashion magazines to uncover trends in hiring female photographers for editorial features and cover stories.

This month we grazed the October 2019 issues of ELLE, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.


4 Magazines

4 Female Editors-In-Chief

1 Cover by a Female Photographer

23+ Features

2* Female photographers

15 Male photographers

0* Black photographers

October was not a progressive month for female-identifying photographers, snatching up less than 15% of the features we reviewed. Even more disappointing, ELLE’s Women in Music feature was photographed exclusively by men and Marie Claire’s 25 Women Changing the Future feature was also photographed by men or used pickup/stock photography. *Marie Claire ran the feature Dior Photography Awards for Young Talent which included the work of 3 female photographers, but technically all of the magazine’s commissioned features this month were shot by white male photographers.

Here’s the full breakdown:


EIC: Anna Wintour

Features: 8

Womxn photographers: 2 (Cover, 3 features)

Black photographers: 0


EIC: Nina Garcia

Features: 2

Womxn photographers: 0

Black photographers: 0

Marie Claire

EIC: Anne Fulenwider

Features: 6+

Womxn Photographers: 0*

Black photographers: 0*

Harper’s Bazaar

EIC: Glenda Bailey

Features: 7

Womxn photographers: 0

Black photographers: 0

Resources for finding diverse photographers: Alreadymade, GirlGaze, Trove Artist Management, Equal Lens, F Collective, Authority Collective, Diversify Photo, & more.

Read more about our campaign to #DiversifyTheLens.

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*The fine print: Features refers to the number of feature stories in the ‘well’ of the magazine that included new commissioned photography. EIC = Editor-in-Chief. If we have reported anything in error, please contact us.

New Work: Shannon Van Horn // Juan Riedinger

Los Angeles makeup artist Shannon Van Horn for Fero’s Magazine. Men’s celebrity grooming with Juan Riedinger (Narcos, Claws).

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Styling - Devin Mazza

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