Post # 1
Now I’m sure this has been talked about before.. but seriously?! NO pictures of an AA bride in ANY of the bridal magazines!!
This weekend I searched through five, count ’em, FIVE wedding magazines and could not find a single black bride in any of them. No dress models, no editors, not even a bridesmaid or a guest. Nothing! Really? Really?? And not just African Americans either – hispanic women, asians, girls from the middle east, and native americans all got the short end of the stick.
I’m perfectly aware that we are the minority and that a black woman getting married is considered “rare” *insert eye-roll* but to not have even ONE measly picture of a woman whos skin tone ranks above eggshell is just ludicrous.
And no I did not buy any of the magazines. End Rant~
Post # 3
Wow. I just read your vent and am at work (I work at a private club that does weddings) and thought, oh, let me look through the NJBride magazine here on the desk and you know what….not one AA bride!!! Horrible!
Post # 4
Maybe people should be complaining directly to the bridal magazines?
Post # 5
@MrsJay: I agree! and I plan on it ;3
Post # 6
Okay, I was so annoyed by this that I just went upstairs to our magazine closet. I don’t know where you are located, but I just pulled out the Manhattan Bride Srping/Summer 2010 issue and felt better. Gorgeous black, white, asian and latina brides grace the pages!
I’m white, my sil is black/puerto rican, my other sis is filipina, uncle is black, cousins are black/white – you get the picture. I get annoyed with not seeing REAL mixes of people in magazines and in tv. I remember the first time I saw a Pizza Hut commercial and the Dad was black, mom was asian and kids were black/asian and I thought – wow – that looks more like my family!
So go get yourself a Manahttan Bride 🙂
Post # 7
I’m just interested in seeing others responses to this. Personally, I’m 4 months into actual planning (I glanced at lots of wedding stuff before getting engaged) and I haven’t once ventured into looking at bridal magazines. Everything I plan to do and have gotten ideas for are straight from the internet.
Post # 8
I think this is true. I’m not AA but I have noticed that most of the brides, especially in the ads, are white girls. Lame! I think representation on shows like SYTTD or Four Weddings, and on the internet, is a bit better, but still not equivalent.
Post # 9
My Indian friend used to complain about the same thing and actually had to buy a special magazine made for asian brides. I think the usual bride magazines have mostly white couples and a few minorities added occasionally for good measure.
Post # 10
This is a shame we are not represented in the magazines.
Post # 11
Totally agree!!!! I also get perturbed with the lack of awesome weddings of blacks ala Mrs. Swan and Mrs. Oyster and moneypenny02. Most weddings of color look “homemade” in my opinion. I am not sure if it’s the photog that makes it look that way or the uber cheesy decor.
But whatever. I feel the same way with the moo-moos for anyone over a size 8 and the lack of great dresses for full figured women to try on at boutique bridal salons.
Post # 12
@MadameLady: You are absolutely correct. That’s why I don’t even bother with bridal magazines. I just started locs and I have had to scour the internet to find wedding styles for short locs. There is a real opportunity there if someone wanted to start a black bridal magazine.
Post # 13
Write some letters to the editor. Or strongly-worded emails. I’m no expert, but I hear a lot about how the newspaper and magazine industry is in trouble, and I’m sure they’d be interested in input from you if they’ve lost your business.
Post # 14
I agree. I think it is up to us to write letters to make a change. I remember when VS Pink did not carry HBCUs college collection. Letters were written to the now there are some HBCUs represented.
Post # 15
You’re right…I look at the major bridal magazines and there are rarely any women of color or of pretty much ANY type of diversity! It’s sad and wrong. I’m a woman of color from New Husband and am not surprised to see the lack of diveristy in the New Husband bridal magazines but the major Bridal Magazines are pretty much the same. All the brides look just the same with a very minimal sprinkling of color here or there.
Post # 16
lol I love you already! I just picked up my Brides magazine December issue.
- I spotted one black couple in a Target ad for Club Wedd
- There is something about Alicia Keys secret wedding.
- Halle Berry is in a Revlon ad
- Page 92 there is a “busty” black bride (though she doesn’t look to busty to me) Featured in the You Can Wear a Slinky Gown article
- I think there is a black girl in a purple dress for David’s Bridal…I can’t tell. She looks like she may be able to play on Jersy Shore. Seriously I can’t tell if she’s black or a really tan white girl.
- There is a black man that works at the hotel in the Sandals ad.
- There is a black groomsmen for Mens Warehouse
- On page 250 Jennifer Hudson’s ring is mentioned.
- Page 254-black cartoon man looking at this jesus looking cartoon’s man engagement ring.
- Page 255 a black man was interviewed and said it was about time the ladies stepped up and did proposals (In the how to propose to a man piece)
- and on the last page 288 there is a photo of a little black boy who is a ring bearer for the piece “20 new spins on the ring pillow”
None of the major dress labels had black models. It does suck. >_<