Dario Calmese makes history as first Black photographer to scoop a Vanity Fair cover

Dario Calmese makes history as first Black photographer to scoop a Vanity Fair cover

THE WHAT? Photographer Dario Calmese has made publishing history as the first Black photographer to shoot the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in its 37-year run, according to a report published by CNN.

THE DETAILS Calmese captured Viola Davis for the July/August issue, with the actor facing away from the camera – a recreation of the Louis Agassiz slave portraits, per CNN.

“This image reclaims that narrative, transmuting the white gaze on Black suffering into the Black gaze of grace, elegance, and beauty,” Davis told CNN.  

THE WHY? Following the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests have forced fashion brands and media outlets to put their money where their mouth is in terms of diversity and inclusion.

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