In the magazine’s prestigious 126 year history, no Black photographer has ever done the cover.

10 Black Photographers Vogue Should’ve Called To Shoot A Cover At Least Once was originally published on

1. Gordon Parks

Parks was the first African-American photographer hired at Life and Vogue magazines, however he never got the chance to shoot a Vogue cover.

2. Jamel Shabazz

For over 40 years, some of the best moments in NYC history were captured by this man. Imagine all the Subway backdrops he could’ve captured for Vogue covers.

3. Carrie Mae Weems

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Capturing the essence of a Black woman was Weems’ specialty. She’d totally slay a Beyonce Vogue cover.

8. Eli Reed

The photojournalist has captured some of the greatest moments in Black history — from the Million Man March to the Crown Heights riots.

10. Gerald Cyrus

#GeraldCyrus. "Three Couples, La Place." NY, 1995.

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Cyrus’ photos are so timeless that they still feel fresh and vibrant, no matter when you look at them.