Unfortunately, we've become accustom to the lack of diversity reflected in the pages of the top fashion and lifestyle magazines. Will there ever come a time when people of color gracing glossy covers or landing major beauty campaigns won't be headline news? Let's hope so.

But while we wait, there are plenty of opportunities to point out the blatant lack of diversity, which is precisely what happened when the highly-anticipated new issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine relaunched this week.

The New York Times' public editor Margaret Sullivan, picked up on several reader letters that highlighted the issue's "lack of people of color," which she completely with agreed, calling it "overwhelmingly white."

One letter remarked, "There is a complete absence of any people of color in articles or fashion shoots. I assume the ads cannot be controlled, but I saw only one African-American and one Asian-American among the thousands of models in the ads. The T doesn’t look like my neighborhood or America." While another said, "I realize that it is all advertising, but doesn’t The Times have some responsibility to ensure that something it publishes should look at least a little like 21st-century America?"

Good questions--and ones that Sullivan thankfully relayed to T's editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman. To our surprise, the editrix didn't skirt the issue. In fact, Needleman concurred with the criticism and went on record promising to be more vigilant regarding diversity in the future.

It was something I noticed and regretted as we were putting the issue together. We are a global magazine and so would like the content, subjects and geography of stories to reflect that. In coming issues, we cover the people and places of Seoul, São Paulo, Kenya, Bollywood actors, Nigeria, etc. A majority of fashion models are still unfortunately mostly white, but it is our aim to celebrate quality and beauty in all its diverse forms. We can and will aim to do better, but our goal is first and foremost to deliver the best stories we find, and it is my belief that quality and good journalism appeal to all of us regardless of our specific ethnic origins.

We're left with a few thoughts.

We don't know the complete ethnic makeup of T's staff, but considering the publishing (and fashion) industry's track record when it comes to hiring people of color, it's safe to assume that there may not have been any melanin-enhanced folks in Needleman's camp reminding her to add some diversity.

Furthermore, as our friends over at Clutch pointed out, "why would she [Needleman] need to leave the U.S. to add more color to T Magazine‘s pages?" Agreed. There are plenty of gainfully employable models of color stateside, which certainly reflect the mutli-cultural makeup of the country. But unfortunately many of them aren't being booked as Jezebel.com so clearly outlined in their New York Fashion Week diversity report.

Nevertheless, Needleman's apology is a welcome one, which will hopefully force her fellow editors to take stock in what they are putting out into the world.

We'll definitely keep our eyes peeled for those forthcoming, colorful issues. In the meantime, we've rounded up a roster of beautiful black models that she can keep at the top of her "hire" list.

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  • Jourdan Dunn

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Model Jourdan Dunn walks the runway at the Marchesa Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The New York Public Library on February 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)

  • Nykhor Paul

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Nicole Miller Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Jasmine Tookes

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A model walks the runway at Herve Leger by Max Azria during Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)

  • Liya Kebede

    Ethiopian model Liya Kebede presents a creation by Tom Ford during the 2013 Autumn/Winter London Fashion Week in London on February 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Maria Borges

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at Naeem Khan Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)

  • Joan Smalls

    PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Model Joan Smalls walks the runway during the Jean-Paul Gaultier Spring / Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 29, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Alek Wek

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Model Alek Wek walks the runway at the Zac Posen Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Sharam Diniz

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at the Dennis Basso Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Melodie Monrose

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Reem Acra Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Chanel Iman

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Model Chanel Iman attends the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

  • Jeneil Williams

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Jen Kao spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the New York Public Library - Celeste Bartos on September 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • Sessilee Lopez

    Model Sessilee Lopez presents a creation by Manish Arora during the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection show on September 27, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Ajak Deng

    Model Ajak Deng presents a creation for Christian Dior during the Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection show, on January 23, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Naomi Campbell

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Model Naomi Campbell rehearses at the Zac Posen Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Selita Ebanks

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Model Selita Ebanks attends the Badgley Mischka Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Flaviana Matata

    Correction: This slides previously listed the model as Herieth Paul. NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway at the Suno fall 2013 fashion show during MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios on February 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

  • Marihenny Rivera Pasible

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: A model walks the runway at the Creatures of the Wind fall 2013 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Eyebeam on February 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Arlenis Sosa

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Model Arlenis Sosa attends the 8th Annual New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance - 'A Fool's Fete' at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)