We’re huge advocates for diversity, but it’s unfortunately a rare occasion to see an Asian face on the cover of a mainstream American glossy. But Michelle Lee has already demonstrated her ability to deliver on the diversity front at Allure. (Remember those triumphant June 2018 covers featuring a trio of Asian beauties?) For May 2020, Jihyo (of the South Korean girl group Twice) appears on Allure‘s latest photographed by Ahn Jooyoung for the magazine’s “Best of Global Beauty” issue.
The cover immediately caught the attention of our forum members. “Interesting… I wonder how many people in the U.S. know her?” asked phungnam96.
“Michelle’s track record when it comes to Asian beauty is abysmal and I’m all for fresh faces, but this is not the solution. Surely there are Asian women in America who would have been better choices?” wondered Benn98.
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“Lucy Liu. A gorgeous household name print is being so ignorant about,” replied Srdjan.
“Because we should continue pushing the same and only recognizable Asian actress of the last 20 years instead of introducing people to some new ones,” A.D.C. fired back.
Urban Stylin was impressed: “I actually love the cover, very fresh and clean. South Korean-inspired skin care regimens and beauty have become very popular in the West so the cover subject makes sense.”
“Looks more like a jewelry ad than a magazine cover, but I welcome the sight of any American magazine putting an Asian face on the front of an issue,” applauded tigerrouge.
Are you a fan? See more from Allure‘s latest (including the digital cover starring JB of GOT7) and share your thoughts here.