Model Aya Jones Rocks Cornrows On Vogue Spain March 2016 Cover

 Aya Jones X Vogue Spain March 2016

Photo Credit: Nico Bustos for Vogue Spain

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.

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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.

Vogue Spain X Karim Belghiran

Photo Credit: Instagram/@belenantolin

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

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

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