Recreate Our Iconic Covers for the EBONY
Black History Month Cover Challenge

Natural hair bias is no myth. In fact, a study conducted at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business found that Black women with natural hairstyles – including curly ‘fros, braids, and twists – are frequently perceived as less professional than those who wear their hair straight. Sadly, the impact of hair discrimination uncovered in this study and many others only scratch the surface when it comes to the damaging effects that the perpetuation of hair bias imposes on the lives of Black people.

In light of EBONY‘s dedication to moving Black forward and Dove’s commitment to ending race-based hair discrimination, we have joined forces to celebrate the versatility of Black hair by way of the EBONY Black History Month Cover Challenge.

The Challenge

EBONY and Dove invite readers to showcase their creativity and their beautiful Black hair during Black History Month by recreating some of our most iconic EBONY covers. Challenge-eligible covers can be found in the slideshow below. Top submissions will be featured on the EBONY website in addition to our social channels. 

How to Enter 

Step 1: Submit your name, email, and a link to your Instagram page using the form to the right. 

Step 2: Upon submitting the form, you will receive a link to download the official EBONY cover template.

Step 3: Browse the slideshow below of challenge-eligible covers to find inspiration for your submission.

Step 4: Add your photo to the EBONY cover template.

Step 5: Upload your creation to Instagram using the hashtag #EBONYBHMCOVERCHALLENGE. Submissions must be posted from a public Instagram account to qualify.

The challenge officially begins February 3, 2022.

Submissions close on February 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.

Top submissions of the EBONY Black History Month Cover Challenge will be announced on March 4, 2022.

Historic Covers to recreate

The Mission

The Dove 2021 CROWN Research Study for Girls discovered the alarming rate at which Black girls experience hair discrimination in schools. The new body of research uncovered that “53 percent of Black mothers, whose daughters have experienced hair discrimination, say their daughters have experienced race-based hair discrimination as early as 5 years old.” Further, researchers found that “100 percent of Black elementary school girls in majority-white schools who report experiencing hair bias and discrimination state they experienced the discrimination by the age of 10.” Troubling statistics, such as these, galvanized Dove to release As Early As Five, a short film inspired by the real-life experiences of those who have lived through race-based hair discrimination in schools and in the workplace. The intention behind the film is to inspire urgency amongst parents, school administrators and advocates to sign the CROWN Act petition.

The CROWN Coalition was founded by Dove, the National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty. Together, the alliance has successfully lobbied for the passing of the CROWN Act, which legally prohibits race-based hair discrimination, to be passed in 14 states. The work, however, is not done. In 36 states, it is still legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace and in schools because of how they wear their hair.

In addition to showcasing the versatility and beauty of Black hair by partaking in the EBONY  Black History Month Cover Challenge, you can also raise your voice by signing the CROWN Act petition and e-mailing your local senator.

Together, we can end racial hair discrimination.