Vogue Italia recently wrote a blog defending their decision to launch black stylista focused site, Vogue Black. They said, “Finally, two years on from the publication of A Black Issue, surrounded by Eastern European models, we ask ourselves: how long will it take before we see more black beauties on the runway? As summarized by Afrobella in her blog, they deserve their own spotlight.”
I have no problem with Vogue Black’s site, but comments on our Facebook page reveal Fashion Bombers do! Reader Mary said, “That’s cool and all but why does it have to be Vogue Black..why can’t Vogue just acknowledge black and keep it pushing!! Accept us for what we are don’t categorize!” Barbara added, ” Why does Vogue need a Black section and a separate Editor-at-Large simply for the Black section? Why aren’t the Black models good enough to be integrated in the main magazine and on the main cover..?”
I can see how many of you view this as an empty victory. Industries are strongest when integrated, and this separation underscores our systematic exclusion and lets mainstream magazines off the diversity hook. Still, I applaud Vogue for acknowledging the legions of stylish black women and men who love fashion but can’t find themselves in most magazines. We can kind of think of Vogue Black as a renewed Suede, this time around with amazing resources and established relationships with industry greats like Steven Meisel and Naomi Campbell.
What do you think?
Picture: Long chiffon dress, Rodarte. Boots, Louboutin. Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel, Vogue Italia, July 2008, “A Black Issue”