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Vogue Magazine Digital Archives Launched And Every Black Vogue Cover (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/ 9/2011 12:42 pm   Updated: 02/ 1/2012 11:00 am

Yesterday Vogue magazine announced the launch of its complete digital archive--every page from every issue since 1892.

That adds up to an astounding 425,000 images, 300,000 ads, 100,000 articles and one enormous price tag. A one year subscription to the site costs a cool $1,575. Wowza! Yet another reason to loath the top one percent (Occupy Vogue, anyone?) Before grabbing a pitchfork, let's do the math. That's less than $1 per issue--offering a silver(ish) lining for true Vogue magazine junkies.

Whether you have deep pockets or plan on maxing out the credit card, you should know that the subscription is only being offered to companies for research and branding purposes through WSGN, a trend forecasting company. Vogue magazine subscribers will get "select" access to the site at some point next year. (For a FREE fashion fix, check out the new Valentino virtual archive)

The chance to pour over vintage issues filled with Gordon Parks photographs, fashion spreads with Iman and the very first musings from Andre Leon Talley is almost too much for us to handle. Clearly a side hustle will need to be put in place to finance this dream (suggestions welcomed).

In the spirit of looking back, we decided to do some archival digging ourselves and attempted to compile every American Vogue issue that has featured a black cover model (minus the mixed group shots). And it all started with Beverly Johnson in 1974. Let us know if we missed any. Enjoy!

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  • Beverly Johnson, August 1974

  • Beverly Johnson, August 1975

  • Peggy Dillard, August 1977

  • Peggy Dillard, January 1978

  • Shelia Johnson, March 1980

  • Beverly Johnson, January 1981

  • Shari Belafonte Harper, February 1984

  • Shari Belafonte Harper, December 1982

  • Shari Belafonte Harper, January 1985

  • Shari Belafonte Harper, May 1985

  • Shari Belafonte Harper, June 1986

  • Louise Vyent, February 1987

  • Kara Young, April 1988

  • Karen Alexander, January 1989

  • Naomi Campbell, September 1989

  • Kara Young, October 1989

  • Naomi Campbell, June 1993

  • Karia Kabukuru, July 1997

  • Oprah Winfrey, October 1998

  • Halle Berry, December 2002

  • Liya Kebede, May 2005

  • Jennifer Hudson, March 2007

  • Lebron James, April 2008

  • Michelle Obama, March 2009

  • Beyonce Knowles, April 2009

  • Halle Berry, September 2010

  • Rihanna, April 2011

  • Rihanna, November 2012

  • Beyonce, March 2013

  • Michelle Obama, April 2013