Dior's Couture Show Included Six Black Models (Finally)

For the first time since Raf Simons took over the design duties at Christian Dior, the brand has hired black models for its runway show. Six black models were cast in today's Dior couture show, one of the most highly anticipated fashion shows of the season. » 7/01/13 6:30pm 7/01/13 6:30pm

Prada Cast a Black Campaign Model for the First Time in 19 Years

Christy Turlington's inclusion in this fall's Prada campaign is the main focus of Women's Wear Daily's story on the new ads — but forgive us if we think the venerable trade is guilty in this instance of burying the lede. The real news here is that, for the first time since the fall of 1994, there's a black face of… » 6/28/13 4:00pm 6/28/13 4:00pm

New York Fashion Week by the Numbers: More Models Of Color Are Working

New York fashion week wrapped up its Spring-Summer 2013 season with a whopping 143 shows and live presentations — more shows and presentations than we've ever had to cover during the eight seasons we've been compiling these runway diversity reports. (Back in February of 2009, there were only 116 shows.) As NYFW has… » 9/17/12 3:00pm 9/17/12 3:00pm

See Vogue Italia's First Black Cover Model In Four Years

Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls made the cover of Vogue Italia, which she called evidence that "dreams do come true" on Twitter. Smalls was the top black model at New York fashion week this season, and is the current face of Chanel. The cover editorial, which the magazine has been hyping with animated GIFs, looks like a… » 2/27/12 2:20pm 2/27/12 2:20pm

Black Model Little More Than a Prop in Scottish Catalog

One of the many privileges that Peggy McIntosh identifies in her famous essay on "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" is that, as she writes, "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented." This statement resounded when I saw the images… » 2/07/12 5:45pm 2/07/12 5:45pm

Some Black Models To Watch

Modeling agency Ford did a promotional shoot featuring all of its black models — including women from all of its various divisions, straight- and plus-size — and some behind-the-scenes snapshots have leaked. (The photos are obviously not top quality, but we've reached out to Ford and hope to publish the final shots.) » 7/13/11 1:30pm 7/13/11 1:30pm

Brazilians Push For 20% Black Model Quota

Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani runs a web portal, Vogue Black, dedicated to black women and fashion, issued a famous all-black issue, and has recently put Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Jay-Z on the covers of her magazine and its counterpart, L'uomo Vogue. So Sozzani's a little pissed that Liz Jones didn't call her… » 6/20/11 12:20pm 6/20/11 12:20pm

Every Day Is A Nice Day For A White Wedding At BHLDN

In January, an email went out, with the subject line: "What if Anthropologie did weddings?" It was a teaser for BHLDN, Anthropologie's new bride-centric venture. We wondered: What did the letters mean? Beverly Hills London? Bride Hates Little Dogs Now? Benedictine Holies Levitate Directly Northward? Babies Help Liven… » 2/18/11 4:25pm 2/18/11 4:25pm

Italian Vogue's New All-Black Fashion Spread

For the first time since its famous all-black issue of July, 2008, Italian Vogue has printed a magnificent 17-page editorial, featuring twelve black models. The story is definitely reaching for a languid, finger-curled, Harlem Renaissance feeling. Let's explore. » 2/07/11 5:20pm 2/07/11 5:20pm

The Latest Blackface Fashion Shoot Is Extra-Tasteful

The October issue of the fashion magazine Numéro features an editorial spread in which French model and Estée Lauder face Constance Jablonski poses in a brown Afro wig and dark makeup with this season's second-hottest accessory: a black baby. » 9/28/10 3:40pm 9/28/10 3:40pm

Fashion Week Diversity By The Numbers

In September of 2007, it was reported that of all the 101 shows that took place during New York fashion week, one third employed zero models of color. Since then, we've tried to track diversity on the runway every season. » 9/24/10 2:47pm 9/24/10 2:47pm

How Many Black Models Were In The September Issues?

In fall 2007, WWD and The New York Times published pieces about the absence of black models on the fashion runways. We did our own tally of black models in fashion magazines, and came up with some shocking statistics. » 8/27/10 4:50pm 8/27/10 4:50pm

Vogue Just Might Be Culturally Relevant Again

Vogue has long been derided for being silly and out-of-touch, for persistently printing the annoying ramblings of Plum Sykes and Marina Rust, and for serving as a tedious showcase for $64k gold-plated fur coats. » 7/22/10 5:35pm 7/22/10 5:35pm

Condé Nast "Reviewing" Derek Blasberg's Employment

The Derek Blasberg apologias are trickling in — hardly surprising considering Blasberg, for his 27 years, is wealthy and well-connected. But in asking for money from a company he intended to write about, Blasberg may have jeopardized his job. » 6/23/10 4:00pm 6/23/10 4:00pm