Archive for Yves Saint Laurent

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]

Body of BSW Katoucha Found in Paris River

Posted in Fashion and Beauty, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , on March 4, 2008 by Noli

Cover of “Katoucha, My Flesh” by Katoucha Niane

Katoucha Niane, 47, was one of the first Black supermodels.  Born in Guinea, she was discovered by a Lanvin designer and went on to be a model for Thierry Mughler, Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers.   She advocated against female circumcision and even wrote a book entitled “Katoucha, My Flesh” where she shared her own life experiences.  She had been missing since January, and her body was found in the Paris River in late February.  Some initially thought that there may have been foul play primarily because of her anti female circumcision advocacy, but the autopsy showed no signs of foul play.  Authorities believe that she just fell into the river. 

Katoucha paved the way for Black women to enter into the international world of fashion…we owe her a moment of silence.  RIP Katoucha.