|Andre Leon Talley|
I always like to look my best, but am not necessarily a ‘fashionista’. Unlike many of my friends, I also don’t watch America’s or Britain’s Next Top Model – even as a guilty pleasure. Indeed, I worry that the fashion industry often promotes the wrong aspirations for ‘being beautiful’. However, I am very pleased to see that Vogue Italia magazine has published a ‘sequel’ to its sold out, all-Black model issue (July 2008) with the luminous Black Allure spread this month.
|photo from the Vogue Italia, Black Allure spread|
The Fashion World has been dubbed as ‘racist’ by not using enough Black models, and advertisers [incorrectly, in my opinion] saying that, “Black models don’t sell fashion.” There are, of course, Black supermodels – past and present – such as Naomi Sims, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Iman, Veronica Webb, Beverly Johnson, Tyra Banks and Jourdan Dunn.
|A young Andre|
|Anna Wintour and Andre in the 'front row'|
|Andre and Tyra Banks|