Where Are All The Black Models? Let's Start By Asking Anna WintourAnna Holmes10/15/07 10:30amFiled to: maghagConsumeristStandards Of BeautyTopblack modelsFashionFeatureGawkerModelsRacism822EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAlmost a month to the day after Women's Wear Daily posed the question, yesterday's New York Times ran a lengthy piece inquiring about the absence of black models on the recent fashion runways. Over the course of some six weeks and four cosmopolitan cities — New York, London, Milan, Paris — the number of dark faces on the runways was abominably low. (L.A. Fashion Week starts today.) But was the absence of black faces really that startling?AdvertisementNot really. Times writer Guy Trebay and his coterie of quotable, high-powered image experts (IMG's Ivan Bart, veteran agent Bethann Hardison, Diane von Furstenberg) can pin the lack of diversity among models on fashion designers and model bookers all they want, but perhaps — as designer Vivienne Westwood angrily points out in today's Telegraph — they should be taking a good hard look at "racist" (her word, not ours) magazine editors. A thorough look at the October issues of nine of the largest American women's fashion/service magazines reveals that black models are far more common in advertisements than fashion editorials. (Don't get us started about magazine covers.) Certainly, you can blame the squeamishness of advertisers for the unchallenging, stale, and hypocritical content within women's magazines (and you'd be right in doing so) but they come off as refreshingly progressive with regards to skin color. (Of course, it all boils down to money: corporate America, if not Anna Wintour, has listened to the recent estimates that black women spend a whopping $20 billion a year on apparel.) But let's not blame Anna for everything: Not only does she have a Black Best Friend, she's only doing what every other editor is doing: Black Models In Advertisements, October 2007: Marie Claire: 10, 1 of whom is a celebrity: Walgreens (3), Olay (1), Johnson's Soft Lotion (1), Diesel (1), CoverGirl (1), Puma (2), JCPenney (1). W: 3, 1 of whom is a celebrity: Target (1), L'Oreal (1), Turks & Caicos tourism board (1). Vogue: 6, 4 of whom are celebrities: Revlon (1), American Express (1), Diesel (1), JCPenney (1), Vaseline (1), Avon (1). Harper's Bazaar: 2, 1 of whom is a celebrity: Make-A-Wish Foundation (1), CoverGirl (1). Glamour: 3, none of whom are celebrities : Aquafresh White Trays (1), Liz Clairborne (1), Lee Jeans (1). Cosmopolitan: 0. Allure: 8, 4 of whom are celebrities: Diesel (1), Revlon (1), Sephora (1), L'Oreal (1), Revlon (1), Aquafresh White Trays (1), CoverGirl (1), Olay (1), Lucky: 9, 4 of whom are celebrities: CoverGirl (1), Target (1), American Express (1), MAC Cosmetics (1), Dillard's (1), Puma (2), Sephora (1), Avon (1) Elle: 13, 3 of whom are celebrities: Target (1), MAC Cosmetics (1), Diesel (1), Puma (2), Benetton (1), Avon Foundation (1), House of Dereon (4), Secret (1), Botox* (1).ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.