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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!

Yves Saint Laurent Broke Color Barriers in Fashion

Posted in Fashion and Beauty with tags , , , , on June 3, 2008 by Noli

Naomi modeling YSL in 2002

Yves Saint Laurent passed away earlier this week reportedly from a brain tumor.  According to Naomi Campbell, he was instrumental in breaking color barriers in fashion.  He was one of the first designers to put women of color on the runway, having given Naomi one of her first  opportunities as a model.  Naomi said that when she told him French Vogue would never put a Black girl on the cover, he told her he would handle it…and Naomi got her first French Vogue cover because of him.  Naomi called him the King of Fashion.  It’s a wonder that Black women are still struggling in the fashion industry.  Everyone is not as progressive as Laurent.  His legacy will not be forgotten. [AFP]