London: Hollywood beauty Halle Berry will become the first black woman to grace fashion bible Vogue`s all-important September issue.
The issue is the most important of the year as it showcases the autumn/winter trends, and brings in the maximum revenue for Vogue with most pages of advertising.
The fashion magazine`s decision to put the 41-year-old actress on the cover has been hailed as a landmark, reported a news website.
While Vogue has had black women on the cover before, the numbers are few and far between.
Beverly Johnson was the first black woman on a Vogue cover, in 1974 and was followed by Naomi Campbell, athlete Marion Jones, model Liya Kebede, actress Jennifer Hudson and first lady Michelle Obama.
Racism in fashion was in news again recently with the publication of Claudia Schiffer`s photographs where she is dressed up as a black woman by Karl Lagerfeld.
In the past black supermodel Naomi Campbell has spoken about latent racism in the fashion industry, which she said gives preference to "blond, blue-eyed models" over black women.
"You know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally," she had said in an interview.