For the first time in two decades, US talk show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O.
Instead, the publication’s September edition will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who entered her flat earlier this year.
“She was just like me. She was just like you,” Winfrey said.
Ms Taylor’s name has featured prominently in anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
“Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home 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 cry for justice. And that is 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 likeness, but a soul”.