It’s that time of the year! We’re closing out 2019 by celebrating the best of the best.

First up, HelloBeautiful is wrapping up some of the best (and dopest) magazine covers of 2019 that showcased our favorite Black celebs. Look who made the cut!

BEAUTIES: Did we forget anyone? Let us know!

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1. Taraji P Henson On SELF

Taraji P Henson On SELF Source:SELF Magazine

Taraji P. Henson ages like a fine wine…she just gets better with age. Need proof? Just take a look at her slay the digital December cover of SELF Magazine. Feast your eyes on that fro and her glow.

4. Jodie Turner-Smith On Essence

The pregnant AND married “Queen & Slim” star looked gorgeous on the November cover of Essence. That melanin, those cheekbones, that look? 10s across the board.

5. Normani On Cosmo

The 23-year-old beauty rocked the heck our of the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine…slaying it all the way. Rocking a pink peek-a-boo leather Jonathan Simkhai top and skirt, along with a pair of Established “Baby girl” nameplate earrings, the Atlantia native is giving you nothing short of around-the-way pop music princess.

6. Mary J. Blige On SELF

Mary J. Blige On SELF Source:Jason Kim, SELF

Mary J. Blige continued her “bad b***h fall” domination!
The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar nominee stunned on the November digital issue of SELF Magazine rocking a white and black Chromat bodysuit, Alain Mikli sunglasses and Aquazurra netted booties.


7. Rihanna On Vogue

Rihanna shut down 2019, not just with her uber-popular Fenty line, but by gracing the November 2019 cover of Vogue…and the 31-year-old looks absolutely stunning.

Rocking a tan Fenty tulle coat and a full-face of her own Fenty makeup line (we’d expect nothing less), the Grammy winner glowed in her 6th, (yes 6th!) Vogue cover!

8. Coco Gauff On Teen Vogue

What an amazing year it’s been for 15-year-old tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff!
First, she stole the world’s heart at Wimbledon this summer beating out her idol Venus Williams in the first round and making it all the way to the Grand Slam’s quarterfinals. Here she is acing the cover of Teen Vogue.

10. Tyra Banks For Sports Illustrated

Tyra Banks is not playing with y’all today! The 45-year-old supermodel came out of retirement to rock the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And man, does she look better than ever!

13. Michelle Obama Person Of The Year PEOPLE

Michelle Obama Person Of The Year PEOPLE Source:PEOPLE MAGAZINE, MILLER MOBLEY

It’s no secret that former First Lady Michelle Obama had an incredible year.

So to celebrate everything she’s accomplished, PEOPLE Magazine has named our #ForeverFLOTUS one of their people of the year. Naturally, she looks stunning on the cover. As if we should expect anything less.

14. Halima Aden, Amina Adan, and Ikram Abdi Omar On Vogue Arabia

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This April, #VogueArabia celebrates modest fashion, with Halima Aden (@halima), Amina Adan (@amina_adan), and Ikram Abdi Omar (@ikramabdi), gracing our covers. In an issue dedicated to female empowerment, we catch up with US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, athletes Ibtihaj Muhammad and Zahra Lari, and CEO Ghizlan Guenez, among other inspirational women. Want to know more? Visit for the full scoop. Cover 1 of 4 في عدد أبريل، تحتفي #ڤوغ_العربية بالأزياء المحتشمة، مع حليمة آدن، وأمينة آدن، وإكرام عبدي عمر، واللواتي يتألقن على أغلفة هذا العدد المكرس لتمكين المرأة. وعلى صفحاته، نلتقي نائبة الكونغرس الأمريكي إلهان عمر؛ والبطلتين الرياضيتين ابتهاج محمد، وزهرة لاري؛ والرئيسة التنفيذية غزلان غينيز، وغيرهن من النساء الملهمات. هل ترغبون في قراءة المزيد؟ تفضلوا بزيارة موقع ڤوغ العربية لتطلعوا على جميع مواضيعه الحصرية. الغلاف الأول من بين الأغلفة الأربعة Editor-in-Chief Manuel Arnaut (@mrarnaut) | Photography: Txema Yeste (@txemayeste) | Fashion Director: Katie Trotter (@katieellentrotter) | Make up: Karim Rahman (@karimrahmanmakeup) | Text: Christine van Deemter (@christine_vand)

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Halima Aden, Amina Adan, and Ikram Abdi Omar made history for being the first Black women to grace Vogue Arabia’s cover back in April. The goal was to smash stereotypes of what it means to a Muslim woman. By the looks of it, they succeeded.

15. Lupita Nyong’o On Vanity Fair

Lupita Nyong’o was a goddess in this yellow-green Valentino tulle confection for the October issue of Vanity Fair. The “Sulwe” author and Oscar winner has never taken a bad picture with her super-talented self. If she’s not nominated for an Academy Award for “Us,” we gonna riot.