The September issue. Even if you didn’t see the documentary, we all know that this particular issue is the money-maker for most magazines and this time Vogue got it right. Halle Berry graces this September’s cover and manages to make history by being the first woman of color to do it since Naomi Campbell was the face of September in 1989. I like her take on motherhood later in life:
“I have a new focus that’s outside myself,” she says, “and that feels really good, in your 40s, to have arrived at that place. I’m actually lucky and grateful that I waited until an age when I can really be present. I saw my mother in her early 20s having two little kids, and I don’t think she enjoyed me at two the way that I enjoy my daughter. She didn’t have that luxury.” She gets a funny, thoughtful look on her face. “Nature has got it all wrong: When you are younger, it should be harder to get pregnant, and as you get older it should be easier. When you are so ready, you can’t do it to save your life. And when you are 21, you are so not ready, but you are ripe as could be. The eggs should become more developed the older you get, not die slowly from the day you’re born. That’s one thing God got wrong.”
While I always love to see a face like my own on the cover of any magazine, I wonder how long Halle will continue to be one of the “safe faces,” ie. the one of the few women of color that editors and directors turn to when they want to include a brown face in their projects. Not to sat that Halle isn’t deserving, but we shouldn’t ignore the crop talented and beautiful Black/Latina/Asian, etc models, actresses and entertainers that the masses already adore.
Get the entire story over at Vogue.
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