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 publication will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who broke into her flat earlier this year.
“She was like me. She was like you,”; Winfrey said.
Mrs Taylor’s name appeared prominently in the anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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“Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your house while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then the box,” Winfrey said in an article on the magazine’s website.
“We have to use whatever megaphone we have to stand up for justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”
Winfrey added that the cover illustration, created by digital artist Alexis Franklin, had captured “not just resemblance, but soul”.
The September cover disclosure came after the magazine’s publisher announced that the print edition of O would end in December, but added that the publication would remain online.
A police officer involved in the raid on Ms Taylor’s home has been shot, but is appealing the decision. Two other officers remain in office.
Protesters demanded that charges be brought against the death of Ms Taylor.
What happened to Mrs. Taylor?
Breonna Taylor was an emergency medical technician who lived in Louvilleville, Kentucky.
She and her boyfriend were at home in bed when police officers entered her apartment shortly after midnight on March 13.
Officers were acting under a so-called “no-knock warrant”, which allowed them to enter the house without warning.
Mrs Taylor’s boyfriend, who has a rifle license, fired shots during the incident, and later said he thought there were intruders in the house.
Ms Taylor died after being shot eight times by police.
No drugs were found at 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 complex and was already in custody.