SZA turns down magazine cover shooting after claiming post won’t hire black photographer

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SZA explains why she turned down a magazine cover after a publication allegedly refused to hire a black photographer.

The interpreter of “Good Days”, 31 years old said on Twitter on Tuesday, “I asked a black photographer for a cover and the mag told me no lol its 2021 .. and almost Juneteenth. Respectfully I can’t do that.”

After fans asked SZA to name the post, the the star said in a follow-up tweet, “It’s not my vibe, but there are TOO MANY elite black creatives not to allow it.”

In a third tweet, the Grammy nominee shouted To Rolling stone, Cosmopolitan and Wonderland magazines, all of which recently made covers with the star, “for anyone who uses black photographers in our recent covers”.

“I also have to celebrate when it’s good!” she added.

SZA addressed the issue again on Wednesday in a comment on The shadow roomInstagram post by. “It’s not deep, I just love the way my ppl sees me. I love the way we magnify ourselves through our own unique gaze. It’s clever and magical. You don’t have to adapt to “the white gaze” rn. Love and respect ️, ”she wrote.

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At SZA Cosmos Cover story, released in January, the R&B singer explained how 2020 – with its pandemic and months-long lockdown – changed her.

“2020 has definitely affected my ability to create and the way I see everything,” she told the publication. “It forced me to restructure myself.

“I’m bored like a – when I’m not overwhelmed,” she added.

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