This year was definitely an interesting one for our favorite glossy pictures. It started with the news that Glenda Bailey had left Harper’s Bazaar after 19 years. Then the pandemic forced magazines to get creative when it came to content production. Emmanuelle Alt from Vogue Paris and Laura Brown from InStyle came for the occasion. Other editors have stepped up as well. Edward Enninful thanked the frontline staff with a trio of British Vogue covers, while American Vogue’s Anna Wintour provided a token cover with a previously unpublished Irving Penn photo.
Social injustice also affected glossy pictures this year. Two black artists illustrated covers for the important September issue of American Vogue. Meanwhile, the September cover of UK Vogue focused on activism.
We are also pleased that diversity is increasing in all categories this year. There was a record breaking breach of racist inclusivity. Along with smaller peaks in size, age and gender representation. Bottom line? The numbers are encouraging. However, there is real concern that these hikes are temporary. We’ll have to wait and see what 2021 brings.
Now that 2020 is drawing to a close, it’s time to look back on its ups and downs. Here are the best and worst cover photos of 2020.