As borders tighten and the horizon of transatlantic travel begins to narrow it is especially important to appreciate the truly international makeup of the stars who grace runways and magazine pages. The April 2020 issue of Vogue celebrates these global players, all 28 of them including cover stars Ugbad Abdi and Anok Yai (both pictured), and change they are bringing to an industry that for decades was dominated by what ostensibly is a single, mostly white standard of beauty. “When I read Instagram messages from young girls saying how inspired they are, I’m reminded that this is not about me—it’s bigger than me,” says Ugbad, the first hijab-wearing model to ever feature on a cover of American Vogue. Ugbad is not alone in embracing this important moment for modeling. “I know I represent so many women, though I think it’s important to acknowledge that the spectrum of black beauty is so broad that there’s no one type,” says Anok. “And that’s something well worth celebrating.” What is more, special praise is due to both Ugbad and Anok for the rapid transformation their meteoric careers have helped precipitate, the very subject of this American Vogue love-in.

Maria Miguel of Portugal also appears in this cover story.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue April 2020; Title, “Blue Planet”; Photography, Tyler Mitchell; Styling, Camilla Nickerson; Hair, Jimmy Paul; Makeup, Hannah Murray.

Ugbad Abdi | Vogue April 2020 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)

Ugbad Abdi | Vogue April 2020 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)

Anok Yai | Vogue April 2020 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)

Anok Yai | Vogue April 2020 (Photography: Tyler Mitchell)