Saturday, 5 July 2008

All Black Vogue

The July issue of Italian Vogue exclusively features black models in reaction to the fashion industry's reluctance to use them as cover girls because they "do not sell".

Star shutterbug Steven Meisel has photographed many of the greats including Naomi Campbell, Iman, Tyra Banks, Liya Kebede, Alek Wek and Pat Cleveland. And also newcomer Jourdan Dunn (top photo), who was discovered in Primark, the British cut-price temple for the fashion greedy. She reminds me slightly of Donyale Luna, the aristocratic 60s legend/wild child.

No doubt Vogue will be accused of tokenism but it makes a pleasant change from the current crop of white models who tend to all look alike.

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