Fashion industry types are thinking about the future now that the "all black" issue of Italian Vogue is officially a "success," reports CNN. "All the agents were happy about the issue because it gives us hope that other people will catch on and decide that it's OK to use more black girls," says Carlos Ojeda, an agent at New York Models. "It's OK to have more than just one, and she doesn't have to always be Naomi." Bethan Hardison, who scheduled several summits and town hall meetings about the lack of black models in the past year and has another set for September, says: "We just have to keep the bar high and keep showing beautiful women and pictures." The question is: When do you know for sure that things have changed? [CNN]
from The Year In Pictures blog:
"Last month, to great acclaim, Vogue Italia created the first completely "Black Issue" of the magazine. Shot by Steven Meisel with four different covers and featuring virtually every top black model, the issue sold out within 72 hours and in an unprecedented move Vogue Italia rushed to reprint 30,000 more copies to meet demand.
How absolutely great, but now the August issue is out - themed around a faux funeral photo tribute to Yves Saint Laurent - and there's apparently not one black model to be found. This is especially ironic given the fact that Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first major designers to regularly feature black models in his runway shows. You would have thought they could have found room to at least fit Naomi Campbell in somewhere. Wouldn't she look chic in widow's weeds? This kind of tokenism ultimately seems a step backwards to me."
sad, isn't it?