Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy and the Black Models of Today

Interesting article about the lack of representation of black models:

These great ladies also served as the inspiration for a new (albeit smaller class) of black models in the 90’s such as Naomi Campbell, Chrystele,Waris Dirie, Tyra, Lana Ogilvie, Gail O’neil, Anna Getaneh, Claudia Mason, Alek and others waiting in the wings.

So what happened?? Why are the runways and cover pages today void of beautiful women of color? We were accepted in the 70’s, 80’s and early nineties. Were we a trend? Black shoppers spend $20 billion on apparel each year- despite not seeing ourselves represented on runways and print ads. The urban purchasing power isn’t a trend or insignificant.

Read more here!

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