May 2020’s cover of Rolling Stone Magazine was full of firsts. Bad Bunny was featured as the first Urban Latin artist to be on the cover. But this story isn’t about him. It’s about the ladies behind the cover, who also made history.
The cover photo and editorial photos were all shot by Gabriela Berlingeri. A 26-year-old Puerto Rican model whose talents stretch further than just posing in front of a camera. This time around, she got behind the camera to create magic for Rolling Stone. She is the first Latina ever to shoot a cover photo for the magazine.
Suzy Exposito has been with Rolling Stone for some time working her way up the ladder. As Latin Music Editor, she finally got her time to shine. Exposito made history as the first Latina to ever write a cover story for the magazine.
It’s crazy to think Rolling Stone Magazine has been such a leading source of information in the music industry, and in the 53 years of publication they have never once featured a Latin urban artist. But, it’s good to see change and acknowledgement among the culture and industry. Even moreso, it’s great to see the Latinx community breaking ground together.
As for the 2 women who created this magic – thank you for being an inspiration to little girls and women all over the world, and proving that we can and will do it all. Just because a woman or someone of your race hasn’t done it before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
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