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Why this Harper's Bazaar cover featuring Megan Thee Stallion matters

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Megan Thee Stallion has graced the cover of countless magazines. But her appearance on the front of Harper's Bazaar marks an important stride toward diversity in the world of fashion.

Megan Thee Stallion has graced the cover of countless magazines.

The Houston rapper, born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, dons a Chanel cape on the magazine's March 2021 cover -- a nod, perhaps, to her superhero status.

At only 26 years old, Megan Thee Stallion has already taken the music industry by storm.

Megan Thee Stallion has also become a sex and style icon, joining a Savage x Fenty campaign and inking a deal with Revlon.

But Megan Thee Stallion doesn't need anyone to praise her accomplishments or her beauty.

Megan Thee Stallion, herself, is a curvy Black woman.

The iconic fashion magazine -- like the industry it covers -- typically showcases very rigid and mainstream standards of beauty.

But under the leadership of Samira Nasr, the first Black editor-in-chief in the magazine's 153-year history, things are starting to change.

Nasr was tapped to lead Harper's Bazaar in June and almost immediately laid out her vision for the magazine.

In an Instagram video posted last year by the Hearst Corporation, the magazine's parent company, Nasr talked about her unique background and desire to bring diversity to the pages of Harper's Bazaar.

"I see you, I thank you and I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality because Black lives matter," she said.

Less than a year later, Nasr put Megan Thee Stallion on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, and even styled the artist herself.

Megan Thee Stallion appears on the magazine's two covers.

In the cover story, "The Importance of Being Megan Thee Stallion," the rapper explains why she decided to keep things simple.

Megan Thee Stallion's sex-positive lyrics have also been called too graphic and even vulgar.

Megan Thee Stallion hasn't wavered in her beliefs, and continues to invite fans to join her in advocating for equality and diverse representation in all aspects of society.

"Can't nobody tell me how to be the Hot Girl," she told Harper's Bazaar.

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