---------- FashionFirstLunchLater: A Black and White Look at Modeling

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Black and White Look at Modeling

More than 100 pages, including the cover, feature black models on this month’s pioneering issue of Italian Vogue. Highly praised New York photographer Steven Meisel photographed beauties like Naomi Campbell, Iman, Pat Cleveland and Liya Kebede for July’s issue. The movement was sparked by the lack of black content and advertisements featuring black woman in high fashion magazines. Italian Vogue's editor, Franca Sozzani, said her decision was influenced by Barack Obama's success in the US presidential primaries.
When I interned for a major publication one of my jobs were to go style.com during fashion week and go through all the designer’s shows, tallying up how many models were black, white and Asian ect. The lack of diversity was astounding as most models where white. Not to mention when reading this months issue of Italian Vogue most of the ad campaigns featured Caucasian models even though the issue was dedicated to black models in the industry. However, breaking barriers between black and white models have been recognized as sales for Italian Vogue has been up 30%. Maybe Anna Wintour will follow suit with American Vogue.