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From Lizzo to Rihanna, and Zendaya, we’re looking at some of the best (and dopest) magazine covers of 2019 that showcased our favorite Black celebs. Check out who made the cut!


Black Celebrities, Best (And Dopest) Magazine Covers Of 2019  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Taraji P Henson on SELF

Taraji P Henson on SELF Source:SELF Magazine

Taraji P. Henson ages like a fine wine — she just gets better with age. Need proof? Check out her slayage on the digital December cover of SELF Magazine with that fro and that glow.

2. Lizzo on British Vogue

Source:British Vogue Magazine

For the December issue of the UK’s Fashion Bible, the 31-year-old slayed in a black fitted Versace gown, an Adrienne Landau feather boa, and a beehive hairstyle with tresses flowing down her head.

Literally flawless!

3. Regina King on Marie Claire

Source:Marie Claire Magazine

Regina King dominated 2019!

The Oscar-winning star of HBO’s “Watchmen” graced the November cover of Marie Claire, looking like an utter dream in Gabriela Hearst dress and Bulgari accessories.

4. Jodie Turner-Smith On Essence

Source:Essence Magazine

The pregnant AND married “Queen & Slim” star looked gorgeous on the November cover of Essence. That melanin, those cheekbones, that look? 10’s across the board.

5. Normani on Cosmo

Source:Cosmopolitan Magazine

The 23-year-old beauty rocked the heck out of the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Rocking a pink peek-a-boo leather Jonathan Simkhai top and skirt, along with a pair of Established “Baby girl” nameplate earrings, the Atlanta native gave us nothing short of around-the-way pop music princess.

6. Mary J. Blige on SELF

Mary J. Blige on SELF Source:Jason Kim for SELF Magazine

Mary J. Blige continued her “bad b***h fall” domination!

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar nominee stunned on the November digital issue of SELF Magazine rocking a white and black Chromat bodysuit, Alain Mikli sunglasses and Aquazurra netted booties.


7. Rihanna on Vogue

Source:Vogue Magazine

Rihanna shut down 2019, not just with her uber-popular Fenty line, but by gracing the November 2019 cover of Vogue. The 31-year-old looked absolutely stunning.

Rocking a tan Fenty tulle coat and a full-face of her Fenty makeup line (we’d expect nothing less), the Grammy winner glowed in her 6th — yes 6th — Vogue cover!

8. Coco Gauff on Teen Vogue

Source:Teen Vogue Magazine

What an amazing year it’s been for 15-year-old tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff, who graced the special issue cover of Teen Vogue.

Gauff stole the world’s heart at Wimbledon this summer, beating out her idol Venus Williams in the first round, and then making it to the Grand Slam’s quarterfinals.

9. Serena Williams on Harper’s Bazaar

Source:Harper's Bazaar Magazine

The tennis GOAT stunned on her August covers of Harper’s Bazaar, which let us remind you were all unretouched. The mom of one wanted to show the world her authentic self, and we love her even more for it!

Thank you Serena for another year of reminding us how amazing you are.

10. Tyra Banks on Sports Illustrated

Source:Sports Illustrated Magazine

Tyra Banks didn’t come to play games! The 45-year-old supermodel came out of retirement to rock the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

11. Megan Thee Stallion on i-D

Source:I-D Magazine

The rapper had quite the year. Her sturdy knees catapulted her into the spotlight and started one of the year’s most popular sayings: #HotGirlSummer. Yet, on i-D Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue, she showed us her softer side.

12. Zendaya On Allure

Source:Allure Magazine

The “Euphoria” star didn’t come to play with us with her December/January Allure cover. Zendaya channeled her inner 70s self and we absolutely love it!

13. Tracee Ellis Ross On Essence

Tracee Ellis Ross and her afro on the October issue of Essence was everything we didn’t know we needed. The 47-year-old “Black-ish” star continues to serve and shine with everything she does.

14. Michelle Obama on PEOPLE

Michelle Obama on PEOPLE Source:Miller Mobley / PEOPLE Magazine

PEOPLE Magazine named our #ForeverFLOTUS one of their people of the year. Naturally, she looked stunning on the cover (as if we should expect anything less).

15. Halima Aden, Amina Adan, and Ikram Abdi Omar on Vogue Arabia

Source:Vogue Arabia Magazine

Halima Aden, Amina Adan, and Ikram Abdi Omar made history, becoming the first Black women to grace Vogue Arabia’s cover in April.

16. Lupita Nyong’o on Vanity Fair

Source:Vanity Fair Magazine

The “Sulwe” author and Oscar winner was a goddess in this yellow-green Valentino tulle confection for the October issue of Vanity Fair.

17. Indya Moore on ELLE

Source:ELLE Magazine

The 24-year-old performer became the first trans person to grace ELLE’s cover in its 34-year history.

18. Gabrielle Union and Kaavia on Parents

Source:Parents Magazine

In their first cover together, Gabrielle Union posed with her #ShadyBaby Kaavia for the May issue of Parents Magazine. This mama-daughter duo brightened our year!

19. Janelle Monaé on InStyle

Source:InStyle Magazine

She’s a badass! Don’t believe us — ask InStyle. Monae graced the cover of the InStyle’s Badass Women issue wearing a long bubble ponytail.

20. Missy Elliot on Marie Claire

Source:Marie Claire Magazine

Styled by none other than June Ambroise, the iconic Missy Elliot gave us our entire life on the August cover of Marie Claire.