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When it comes to fashion and lifestyle magazines, the September issue is always the most coveted.

ELLE Magazine Canada is getting lots of praise for its latest issue, which uses actual Black women to portray Black hairstyles. In 2016, this shouldn’t be such a big deal, but due to the history of publications using non-women of color to portray the styles of women of color, it’s actually something to be celebrated.

ELLE Canada’s Beauty Director Vanessa Craft posted the photo above to Instagram with the caption, I have wanted to do a shoot like this for a long, long time – a visual love letter to the girls I grew up with and the women we all have all become. Hair is such a hugely important part of our world and I wanted to celebrate it authentically.”

Check out the September issue of ELLE Canada, on stands now. Magazine editors, take note.

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Getty 

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