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Vogue Italia Magazine’s “Black Models Only” Issue

July 8, 2008

The July issue of Vogue Italia features only black models has sparked controversy in both the fashion industry and popular culture. Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, created the “black issue” to draw attention to the lack of black models used in the fashion industry. The issue features over 100 pages of prominent black models such as Jourdan Dunn, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks. This isn’t the first time Vogue has sparked racial controversy but, to Vogue’s credit, the controversies trigger discussion, which is always a good thing…

Is it such a bad thing?  All black models in a magazine that usually doesn’t quite focus on black models.

I won’t say just african-american, as I would suspect that there are black models from all over the globe gracing each page.

I say, “Well, it’s about friggin’ time!”  It’s not about race to me, at least in a negative way.  I am totally for a multi-cultural magazine, but if they want to focus on Black Women in this issue, then why not!

If they want to focus on Latina women or Asian women in another issue…more power to them.

We don’t have enough fabulous images of black women.  I cannot stress this enough!  We see ghetto, silly acting girls and women, some are shown here as an example of what NOT to do.

Here we can see poise, beauty and elegance that is not flashy or overbearingly gawdy.

I think it’s wonderful, lead by example Vogue Italia!  I just wish it was American Vogue.

Viva Vogue Italia!!!

See The Awesome Style, Luxe Clothing and Beautiful Models of Vogue Italia’s Black Issue

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 10, 2008 9:47 pm

    nice blog. well stated.

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