Back to the Future

‘O’ Magazine Changed the Publishing Industry

From its covers to introductions of household names, the publication proved Oprah to be a maverick

Jenisha Watts
ZORA
Published in
6 min readOct 14, 2020

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Cover of O Magazine with Oprah Winfrey on a Windows 95 desktop with a rainbow gradient background.

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

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Jenisha Watts
ZORA
Writer for

Jenisha Watts is The Undefeated’s general editor for culture. Her Twitter bio quotes the late Toni Cade Bambara: Don’t leave the arena to the fools.