Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Please read Cathy Horyn's article and her accompanying blog post about the upcoming All Black issue of Italian Vogue.
If you don't have time to read either, here's my rundown:
-Available in Europe next Thursday and soon after in the US (Though for Hawai'i folks it might take longer because I went to Border's the other day and they only had the May issue.)
-Shot by Steven Meisel, makeup by Pat McGrath, hair by Guido Palau
-Featuring Iman, Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, Toccara Jones, and Tyra Banks, to name a few
-The editor of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani, says that her inspiration for an all black issue comes from Barack Obama and the "lack of diversity seen on the runways," among others.
-While it is not the case for all mentioned, the lack of diversity within the industry stems from modeling agencies unwillingness to find and properly train nonwhite models and advertisers, magazine editors, and designers unwillingness to hire nonwhite models
What really touched me about the article was that Barack Obama was one of the inspirations behind this issue. I find it amazing that him running for President has helped open new doors for black and other nonwhite models in the fashion industry. His appeal is so far reaching that it has even reached Italian Vogue before American Vogue. Aahh... I can't even describe how incredible I think this is!
I can't wait for this issue to come out, and judging by the first photos released, it is going to be a visual feast for my eyes!