By Terry Loerch
As part of a larger effort towards inclusivity in the fashion industry, British Vogue, one of the most recognizable fashion magazines globally, will be featuring five different covers in its May issue, each showcasing a person with a disability. The magazine will also include interviews and an essay inside the issue, as well as accompanying online content, highlighting 19 individuals with disabilities across fashion, sport, the arts, and activism.
The issue, titled “Reframing Fashion,” was developed in collaboration with Tilting the Lens, an accessibility consultancy led by Sinéad Burke, one of the cover stars. In addition to featuring people with disabilities, British Vogue has made changes to improve accessibility at its photo studios, website, and social media platforms, including the addition of alt text and improved audio descriptions. The editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, hopes that this issue will prompt the fashion industry to become more inclusive and adapt to better support the disabled community, both in terms of job opportunities and in the design of spaces, events, and clothes.
The issue features cover stars such as Sinéad Burke, Selma Blair, Justina Miles, Aaron Rose Philip, and Ellie Goldstein, who represent a diverse range of disabilities. The May issue of British Vogue will be available from April 25, and a digital and audio Braille version will be available from May 5 through an arrangement with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.