We have to admit that we were extra surprised to see a strong black couple like Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre-Elba on the cover of Vogue. No, it’s not because Vogue doesn’t feature black people from time to time. We’ve seen Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna Fenty, Bey and Halle Berry quite a few times. Hey, we’ve even seen Kanye and Kim. So, they get props for the inclusiveness.


This is the first time we’ve seen a mainstream publication of this level feature a prominent black man WITH his beautiful, and unapologetically nubian, wife at his side. No, she’s not hidden deeper in the mag in picture number 7 with her and the dog on the couch. No, this time a brother is on the cover holding his black woman with pride. That, my brothers, sisters and friends is an amazingly great things to see.

Why? Well, in a world where we are used to brothers reaching a certain level of success in Hollywood and leaving our sisters behind, seeing this – front and center – is important. We need more public images of black love, and more importantly, black marriages, to keep that trend going.

Here’s some more pics an excerpts from the feature:

Idris Elba Sabrina Dhowre Vogue Cover
Vogue UK features Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba on it’s July Wedding Cover

The couple, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh. Dhowre wore two custom dresses by Vera Wang; while Elba wore a bespoke suit by Ozwald Boateng.

The celebrations were spread out over three days. Friends and family attended a “colours of the Souk” themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. They also attended an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which emulated the atmosphere of a festival.

You know, I’m 47 this year, been married and lived a full life before I even met Sabrina,” Elba said. “It wasn’t something that I wanted to do, get married again. But, Sabrina has deepened friendships with people I’ve known longer than [her], nurturing the best side of me to make me connect to my friends more…

Idris On What Made Him Consider Marriage Again
Photo: Sean Thomas
Sabrina Dhowre Wedding Picture
Photo: Sean Thomas