Now, it really shouldn’t still be news that a black model is rocking her natural hair on a cover, but when our beauty continues to be celebrated as “trendy” or “edgy” while erasing our presence, we take notice. So, when we saw VOGUE Spain‘s March 2016 cover featuring Ivorian-British model Aya Jones, it was a breath of fresh air.
Shot by Nico Bustos in Botswana, the spread features Jones as “The Queen of Africa” with the statement-making “Black Is Beautiful” headline. Her natural tresses were styled by Karim Belghiran who enlisted the help of local women for the cover look.
Belghiran shared the above image on Instagram of him and the women at work, captioned:
#bts @voguespain Botswana situations. When the time it’s against you and end up with an amazing team to do the cover look with @iamayajones Thanks to everybody in #jaocamp ❤️📷 @belenantolin
Beautiful! Click through to see more images from the gorgeous spread.