Stop Dragging Megan Thee Stallion’s Harper’s Bazaar Cover — She Wanted It To Be Stripped Down

“I’m just getting more comfortable with myself and more comfortable with my skin.”

This week, fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar revealed that rapper Megan Thee Stallion was this month’s cover star.

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The photos of Meg are gorgeous and feature her in a stripped-down, simple look with an orange backdrop.

Introducing our March cover star, @theestallion! The rapper is at the top of her artistic game, finishing college, and defending her right to be young, Black, and free: “Can’t nobody tell me how to be the Hot Girl.” https://t.co/m0rEa8FfjW

01:02 PM – 19 Feb 2021

Twitter: @harpersbazaarus / Collier Schorr

And the cover itself shows Meg in a black ensemble in a candid-ish pose.

However, some people criticized the lighting of the photos, saying that they were “not a cohesive representation of her.”

My biggest thing re: Meg x Harper’s Bazaar is some of the angles/crops and selects. I don’t believe they flatter her at all. I love the attempt at the creative lighting though. I’m all for shadows, but yeah, overall, not a cohesive representation of her.

05:43 PM – 19 Feb 2021

Twitter: @voneciacarswell

@DanielNewman i feel like black people need photographers who understand our lighting. she’s not well lit at all. i noticed the same thing in the simone biles vogue shoot. hope the next time meg gets a cover she’s allowed more creative control and can hire a photographer.

11:33 PM – 19 Feb 2021

Twitter: @BABYBENOIT

Yeah so that Meg The Stallion Harper’s Bazaar cover is not it. Y’all going to stop not caring or treating the quality of black women like it doesn’t matter on editorial spreads. Not sure who the art director is nor do I care but PLEASE do a better job. Damn.

05:06 PM – 19 Feb 2021

Twitter: @framefrozen

They insist on making us look casket ready 😩 Meg is dynamic, effervescent. That Harper’s shoot doesn’t reflect it. And it’s not revealing some new aspect of her. So why are we here? Her selfies have better lighting and styling than this, damn.

04:36 PM – 19 Feb 2021

Twitter: @jess_alexandre

Meg discussed the importance of a stripped-down moment for her in the cover story.

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“I’m realizing that I don’t have to be in full glam every time you see me, because I’m just getting more comfortable with myself and more comfortable with my skin,” Meg said.

The photographer, Collier Schorr, also shared how involved Megan was in the selection and editing process of the shoot.

“A most remarkable experience making pictures with Megan Thee Stallion, who discussed each picture and edited afterwards with me,” the caption read.

“Total collaboration — as it should be — to make together new images of her at this moment in her life,” they added.

You can read the full cover story here.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect our editorial standards.

Feb. 20, 2021, at 20:00 PM

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