With grace and her signature wit, Jourdan Dunn has risen through the ranks to become one of the most wanted models in the business. Whether she’s posing for a portrait or unleashing an anecdote on her hilarious personal twitter, Ms. Dunn is an essential player within the world of fashion. During her career progression…
"All White Everything." Social Media Activists Target Fashion Week Shows With No Black Models
Five years ago, Vogue published an article whose headline asked a stark question: “Is Fashion Racist?” It was hard not to answer yes, when models of color — particularly African Americans — were nearly impossible to come by on New York, Milan, London and Paris runways.
Not much has changed since 2008 — in part because there is no institution to hold designers accountable to represent their diverse customer base.
Until now, that is. A former fashion model is launching a social media campaign to bring public scrutiny to designers and brands who do not use black models.
Bethann Hardison, a former model and agent, is organizing a campaign that will launch during Fashion Week next month to shame the designers that don’t include black models.
SAY YES explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color, Say Yes, Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.
Check Out Nigerian Model Agent Extraordinaire: Joan Okorodudu
Her models are taking the ever rising African fashion industry by storm, and she has made it her mission to put her native Nigeria on the international fashion map. “We may not become a fashion capital like Milan or Paris, but if Africans take the time to sit down for a minute, we can make a New York out of the Nigerian fashion industry, as there are flourishing companies based here worth billions,” she says in our interview. She, the 54-year-old model agency owner, designer and Boston University alumnus, Joan Okorodudu.
When 37-year-old model Kiara Kabukuru sat down with Style.com, she was just back from a trip. No, she wasn’t returning from Europe after a shoot with Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Craig McDean, or Mario Testino—all of whom have photographed her in the past. Rather, she had been in South Carolina, where she mentors at-risk children with the Building Dreams Foundation. “For me to be able to help other people, the way that other people helped me, it just all makes sense,” she said.
Teen Vogue’s First African American Beauty Director Elaine Welteroth on Diversity
Recent masthead shake-ups have unearthed a new generation of young, ethnically diverse beauty editors—and they’re bringing a fresh perspective on beauty to traditional media. As young women of color come into power in the industry, there’s an opportunity for assumptions about race, beauty, and products to be challenged in an unprecedented way. For the next few weeks, we’ll be speaking with several of these women and getting their perspective on the state of the industry.