Posts tagged "black models"

Who Cares If Teen Vogue’s Cover Model Is Pregnant?

Oh my God, look! Models—not celebrities—on the cover of a fashion magazine! And they’re black! November’s Teen Vogue published a fantastic cover story about models Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, who spoke candidly about the racism in the modeling industry and the competition that results when black models feel there can only be “one black…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2009

Brazil Fashion Week Mandates Shows Cast Black Models

Complaints about under representation of African-American models in the fashion world isn’t just limited to the United States: Sao Paulo Fashion Week has been involved in a squabble regarding race after an investigation found that last year’s event showcased only eight black models among a total of 344. (FYI—Brazil has more people of African descent…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 22, 2009

Men’s Magazines Prefer Black Models With Lighter Skin

Last week, Tyra Banks said she’s trying to expand the idea of what the fashion industry considers beautiful. According to her, black models with lighter skin are deemed more commercial, whereas darker-skinnned black models are considered more high fashion. We’ve noticed this phenomenon holds true when a woman’s “hotness” is being judged, too.

By: Annika Harris / May 11, 2009

Tyra Banks Wants To Expand The Idea Of Beauty

Over the weekend, Tyra Banks took part in The New York Times‘ “Times Talks.” Besides demonstrating to the audience how to do a few of her 275 smiles, Tyra said she wakes up every day to “expand the idea of beauty,” which encompasses trying to change people’s views of what is beautiful. “In the high-fashio…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 5, 2009

Fashion Week: Where Are The Black Models?

The lack of black models on fashion runways and in ad campaigns has become a persistent issue in the fashion industry. The issue was most recently highlighted by Vogue Italia’s “Black Issue,” which featured only black models on its pages. Some, including editor Amelia, saw the magazine as a gimmick, but it nonetheless got people…

By: Annika Harris / September 12, 2008