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Tyra’s Toast to the Black Issue of Italian Vogue

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by Noli

Yesterday, Tyra did an entire show dedicated to celebrating the Black models that were in the ALL Black issue of Italian Vogue (of which I have TWO copies!).  Supposedly it is the highest selling issue ever and they are currently on their third printing!  Toccarra, who was discovered on Tyra’s show America’s Next Top Model had a 14 page spread in the magazine!  Toccarra was on the show, along with Selita Eubanks, Beverly Johnson, B. Smith, Veronica Webb, Chanel Iman, Noemie Lenoir, and Jessica White, among others.  There were SO many beautiful Black women on the stage…every hue, every size…it just confirmed to me how stunningly beautiful we are!!! 

All Black Issue of Italian Vogue?!!!

Posted in Entertainment, Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by Noli

This week, an ALL BLACK issue of Italian Vogue will hit the newstands!!!  Tired of Black women being discriminated against on the runway and in fashion magazines, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue, decided to take action…and published an issue with ALL Black models and Black themed editorials!!  The cover is a four page pull out featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, and Naomi Campbell (above).  Photographer Steven Meisel, who also expressed disappointment in how Black women are treated in the fashion industry, was given about 100 pages to fill with Black models…and he filled them with the likes of Veronica Webb, Tyra Banks, and many others…inluding America’s Next Top Model cast member and plus sized model Toccara Jones!  If you run across a copy, you should buy it…this WILL be a collector’s item! [NY Times]

Check out the NY Times slideshow of Black models here.

**Update:  I just called a well known bookstore in NYC called Rizzoli’s and had them ship me a copy.  If you can’t find it in your local bookstore, I suggest you try a non-chain bookstore in NYC!