I was cruising on hot French blog Paris Most Wanted when I stumbled upon this video called, “The Color of Beauty.” It follows the struggle of black model Renée Thompson as she tries–and fails– to get cast at fashion week. She encounters the typical struggles: designers not wanting to cast models of color and casting Continue Reading
Performer, dancer, and fashion icon Lena Horne passed away yesterday at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center at the age of 92: According to this article in the New York Times, Horne was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and to achieve international fame as a Continue Reading
Models.com reports that Givenchy led the fashion week diversity pack, filling 17 of their 49 casting slots for their Fall/Winter 2010 Haute Couture show with women of color: They say, “With all the recent talk of more diversity on the runway, to fully see a a show where people of color are included (and not Continue Reading
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 Continue Reading
Hey Guys! Today I wanted to tell you about one of Britain’s most fantastic designers, Duro Olowu: A Nigerian native and UK resident, Duro began his career as a lawyer before trying his hand at design. His vivid prints, bright colors, and expert cuts caught the eyes of US and UK editors, whose praise and Continue Reading
Modeling veteran Iman and newcomer Ubah Hassan discuss black models on the runway: Iman thinks there has been a great improvement thanks to Bethann Hardison. Ubah didn’t realize there was an issue with black models, but says, “We look good in anything!” That we do! What do you think of the video?
No end of the year round up would be complete without mentioning the huge increase in Magazine Diversity in 2008. The year saw traditional glossies questioning their industry (gently prodded by Bethann Hardison), and turning inward to ask, “Where’s the color?” Perhaps in the Obama era, magazines are seeing that it’s time to get real Continue Reading
Fashion, News, and What Nots *Speaking of changes on the runway, Fashionista reports that the DSquared Men’s Fashion Show in Milan was dominated by men of color… “In reverse of how shows usually go, the majority of the models were black, with just a couple majorities. Now, there’s a delightful rumor on COACD, that next Continue Reading