Zendaya Rocks Look Made Entirely by Black Designers for InStyle Cover

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As if Zendaya gracing the cover of the September issue of InStyle wasn’t enough of a gift, the entire shoot was notably put together by Black creatives.

Unveiled last week, the cover shoot was led by Zendaya’s stylist, Law Roach, who used punchy colors and jaw-dropping gowns to create unforgettable looks.

After thanking Editor in Chief Laura Brown and the InStyle team for “giving me a safe (from COVID-19) space to create,” Roach wrote on Instagram: “No rules No advertisers! You allowed me BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers, shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists.”

Roach goes on to thank photography duo AB+DM for shooting the cover, hairstylist Larry Jarah Sims, and makeup artist Sheika Daley; he also offers a “special thanks” to fellow stylist Zerina Akers and her organization Black Owned Everything, a database of Black brands and businesses.

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Thank you @laurabrown99 and the entire @instylemagazine team for giving me a safe (from COVID-19) space to create. No rules No advertisers! You allowed me a BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse @zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers , shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists. You allowed me choose my team which started with @abdmstudio (photographers)2 young BLACK men, and @larryjarahsims (hair)BLACK man, @officialsheiks (makeup)BLACK woman. Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity. Also special thanks to @zerinaakers and @black.owned.everything for introducing me to a lot of the brands I pulled from. I’m so proud of this one!!!!

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For the interview accompanying the cover, Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, sat down with Zendaya about working with an all-Black team for the shoot and asked if it was the first time she’d ever experienced that.

“I've always had a Black stylist and Black hair and makeup artists. But we were able to work with two talented young Black photographers on this shoot, too. We're actually around the same age, so it was cool to be with my peers and have an opportunity to show what we can do," shared the Euphoria star.

“There are also so many Black designers people don't know about, so having an opportunity where they can be in InStyle and get the love they deserve is really special. I hope people are like, ‘Oh, I like that dress!’ And then go support them."

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The glorious @zendaya stars on our September cover. We photographed her on a rooftop in LA, my unsubtle idea being you can’t quarantine the joy of fashion. I have to thank @luxurylaw (I just call him “Luxury”) for the result. He introduced me to the young photographic team of Donté Maurice and Ahmad Barber (@abdmstudio) and this was their first major fashion cover shoot. It’s all time. I’ll be blanketing you with images today but let’s give the old fashion-ed system a giant shove. Work with people who care, who want to be there, who do the...work. It fills your heart. And from the bottom of mine, thank you, guys. Special thanks to @osopepatrisse for a great interview. (@larryjarahsims @officialsheiks @lucyspiderfox @rinajstone @sambroekema @juliavonboehm) @instylemagazine. Dress by @alietteny

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Fashion and magazines have long been exclusive spaces, oft neglecting Black designers and creators of color. In the current cultural climate where racial inequality in America is being discussed on a much broader scale, some magazines, such as Vanity Fair and Town & Country, are making attempts to be more inclusive. Others have been called out for their inability to do so, like Vogue.

In June, creators pushed back on the famed publication for having had only one Black photographer shoot a cover in its 127-year history and feature a mere 21 Black women on the cover solo. Launching the #VogueChallenge on various social media platforms, people reimagined Vogue covers with creators and models of color. The results? Well, as The Cut put it: “Vogue could’ve looked like this all along.”

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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