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• WWD caught up with Malaika Firth, who recently catapulted into the limelight as the first black model cast in a Prada campaign since 1994, when Naomi Campbell posed for the label. While Malaika sees it as a triumph to have a person of color representing a major fashion house, she (like many of you) doesn’t consider herself to be ‘black’ per se. She explained: “I’m proud that I’m the second black model, but also, I’m mixed. I’m biracial. I find it really good that I’m not white and I’m not black. It’s amazing. Naomi Campbell is so big, so for me to be compared with her is wow.” Can’t say she doesn’t have a point! What do you think, Bombers and Bombshells? (WWD)
• H&M treated over 2 million of their Twitter followers to a sneak peak at their upcoming collaboration with Isabel Marant. The retailer posted a snap of Marant herself trying on a piece from the range. What do you think? (H&M Twitter)
• Gucci‘s tapped James Franco to front their fall eyewear campaign. Lensed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the ads picture the actor looking mighty fine in a pair of the brand’s Black Bamboo sunnies, due in stores this October. I wonder if Gucci would throw in a free James Franco if I buy a pair? (WWD)
• Kanye West has released the music video for ‘Black Skinhead,’ and it’s interesting. A shirtless computer-simulated ‘Ye rants and raves while spitting lyrics to the tune’s ominous drumbeats. Check it out. (Global Grind)
•Tracy Reese is looking for a few great candidates for her Fall/Winter 2013 design internship. To qualify, you must be a college student, studying fashion design or textile design, have basic knowledge of sewing, print, and textile, and familiar with Adobe Photoshop and C.A.D. If you get the internship, expect to be assisting the design team, sourcing fabric and trim, correcting samples, organizing mood boards, and creating spec sheets. This internship is unpaid or for college credit. If you fit the bill, send you resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.