For the first time in two decades, American show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O.
Instead, the September issue will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who entered her apartment earlier this year.
“She was just like me. She was just like you,”; Winfrey said.
Ms. Taylor’s name has been prominent in anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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“Imagine if three unidentified men threw into your house while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem,” Winfrey said in an article on the magazine’s website.
“We have to use whatever megaphone we have to shout for justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”
Winfrey added that the cover illustration, which was created by digital artist Alexis Franklin, had captured “not just a resemblance, but a soul”.
The September cover revelation came after the magazine’s publisher announced that O’s print edition 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 in their posts.
Demonstrators have called for charges to be filed over Ms. Taylor’s death.
Happened what happened to Mrs. Taylor?
Breonna Taylor was an emergency medical technician living in Louisville, Kentucky.
She and her boyfriend were at home in bed when police officers entered her apartment shortly after midnight on March 13th.
Officers were operating under a so-called restraining order, which authorized them to enter the home without notice.
Ms Taylor’s boyfriend, who has a gun license, fired shots during the incident, saying later that he thought there were intruders in the house.
Ms. Taylor died after being shot eight times by police.
No drugs were found on the property. A lawsuit filed by Ms. Taylor’s family says officers were not looking for her or her partner, but for an unrelated suspect who did not live in the compound and was already in custody.