For the first time in two decades, American talk show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O.
Instead, the September edition of the post will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who entered his apartment earlier this year.
“She was like me. She was like you, ”Winfrey said.
Ms Taylor’s name featured prominently in anti-racist protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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“Imagine if three unidentified men broke into your house while you were sleeping. And your partner drew a gun to protect you. And then the chaos, ”Winfrey said in an article on the magazine’s website.
“We must use the megaphone we have to demand justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. ”
Winfrey added that the cover artwork, which was created by digital artist Alexis Franklin, captured “not just a likeness, but a soul.”
The September cover unveiling came after the magazine’s publisher announced that the print edition of O would end in December, but added that the publication would continue online.
A police officer involved in the raid on Ms Taylor’s home has been fired, but is appealing the decision. Two other officers remain at their posts.
Protesters called for charges to be laid for Ms Taylor’s death.
What happened to Mrs. Taylor?
Breonna Taylor was an emergency medical technician who lived in Louisville, Kentucky.
She and her boyfriend were home in bed when police entered her apartment on March 13 shortly after midnight.
The officers were acting under a so-called arrest warrant, which allowed them to enter the house without warning.
Ms Taylor’s boyfriend, who has a gun license, fired shots during the incident, later claiming he believed there were intruders in the house.
Ms Taylor has died after being shot eight times by police.
No drugs were found on the property. A complaint filed by Ms Taylor’s family says officers were not looking for her or her partner, but an independent suspect who did not live in the complex and was already in custody.