The Good, The Bad & Ugly Comments About VIBE's ‘Role Models’ Cover

VIBE caused a much-expected stir after unveiling our June/July cover featuring reality TV queens Evelyn Lozada, Tamar Braxton, Chrissy Lampkin and Kandi Burruss. Check out the chorus of ohs and hell-to-the-naws coming our way—the good, the bad and the super ugly.

THE GOOD
(Positive feedback)

Maria Whitaker [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine @EvelynLozada @[email protected] I think the cover is beautiful. What's the problem?

Jess Sims [email protected]_AsPRing
I don't even mind the @VibeMagazine cover, these "women" (ahem) aren't MY role models, my mother, Maya Angelou & Oprah are...so#kanyeshrug

Bonsu Thompson [email protected]
Mizz Belle Gets IT--> RT @abelleinbk NEW POST: "Vibe Throws Shade; Few See Light" http://j.mp/eH0Gmi @[email protected]

?KeepIt†rill? [email protected]_PrettyMuvfucka
@VibeMagazine put @Kandi @EvelynLozada @TamarBraxtonHer &@chrissylampkin on the cover as role models..the only role model to me is @Kandi

Veshae [email protected]_Asset
Have to go get the @VibeMagazine with my two fav [email protected] and @chrissylampkin on the cover!!!

Kaye [email protected]
@VibeMagazine Can't wait to read this. Even though, I only watched Love & Hip Hop. I still know who everyone on the cover is.

#NeNeBrOwN78 [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine kandi u shld hv been on the cover by urself due to ur work ethic, talent & mentality. U are role model worthy. #ijs

Britt Bratt [email protected]
Ppl really have some strong opinions about the VIBE magazine cover. Some of them are ignorant to say the least

Brook Lynne Carter [email protected]
This new Vibe Magazine cover headline about role models is really just a silent read.

@BossLadyNYC
This new @VibeMagazine cover has me feeling ALL kinds of ways—and that's what it was supposed to do. Great job to the staff

Chantell O. Black [email protected]
@VibeMagazine wanted to stir controversy and conversation with this magazine cover. They were successful. Just like the good ole days....

THE BAD
(Negative feedback)

T Dot [email protected]_dot_Lee
Calling those ladies "role models" on the cover of @VibeMagazine is an INSULT. Absolutely offensive.

lydia hawkins [email protected]
@VibeMagazine the cover should of said "girls just wanna have fun " but how the heck are you gonna tell me to "meet your role models?"”

Pink lipstick™ [email protected]
@VibeMagazine. I'm sorry but how is Chrissy and Evelyn role models when all they do is fight & disrespect each other on TV.

365 Girl Foundation [email protected]
#365GirlRoleModelDay @therealmarymary Gospel Superstars, Wives, Mothers, God Chasers, Style Divas, TV Stars, Authors,@VibeMagazine #theybad

Ashley Plunkett [email protected]
@VibeMagazine Roll models? Maybe @Kandi & @TamarBraxtonHer, yea. If it is a play on words, I still think it's setting us back.

Marlene Moran
"Role Models" - FAIL - These women are ENTERTAINMENT and should never be elevated to a level where one would consider them role models. - What audience is this for? Young women 18-34 years old? Vibe should have choosen something else to grab the attention of their readers. Kandi Burress seems out of place in this photo. She really has an established career, singer, songwriter, owner of her businesses....

Taji Coleman
Role Models? I'm assuming there is sarcasm in that, like as in a cynical Joke?

Global Leadership [email protected]
I think you @Kandi & @TamarBraxtonHer belong on [email protected] cover but Evelyn & Chrissy oh hell no!!!!!!

Bashanae McClorin [email protected]
I hope @VibeMagazine was being sarcastic with their latest cover story.The word "Role model" and Evelyn shouldnt even occupy the same space.

THE UGLY
(Really negative feedback)

Ms Thing [email protected]_Ms_Thing
is @vibemagazine serious? These uneducated, ill-behaving WHORES will NEVER be my role model. Y'all lost a reader.

Damey Whammey [email protected]
@VibeMagazine what kind of role models are these? How would you explain your choices for the cover when we live in a world with the 1st lady

Laura Carmical [email protected]
@Kandi @VibeMagazine @EvelynLozada @[email protected] Some sexy controversy; the cover is bangin ladies. ????? stars

The Real Housewives [email protected]_Housewives
.. @VibeMagazine thinks @evelynlozada & @chrissylampkin women who have assaulted others are role models? Vibe must be drunk

MissTruth Hurts
WTF! "Role models"! Yeah um, the Apocalypse is truly near.

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