The fashion industry has been buzzing over the February issue of Italian Vogue called The Black Allure – a beautiful 20 page portfolio featuring some of the industry’s top black models.
For those of your who don’t know, Vogue Italia’s current Editor-At-Large is Bethann Hardison mother of Kadeem Hardison – who is most known for his portrayal of Dwayne Wayne on the TV show A Different World. She was hired not too long after Vogue Italia released their first ‘all black issue’ in the Summer of 2008; an issue which was considered by many to be extremely ground-breaking.
The Black Allure is a 1920’s Harlem Renaissance inspired spread that was shot by Emma Summerton and styled by Edward Enninful. It stars models like Chanel Iman, Ajak Deng, Jourdan Dunn, Rose Cordero and Melodie Monrose (to name an illustrious few) – all seen fiercely posing in top top notch labels like Versace, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Dior.
… Anyone, black or white who is aware of the ratio of blacks to white in our fashion industry, does not flinch at all the “white model” stories, which seems to be natural to us all. At some point when the model becomes worthy (black or white) its inspirational to see what the industry has developed as competitive models and showcase those beauties. That is how it goes for white, so “whats good for the goose should be good for the gander.”
… Whenever we get a chance to be noticed by the masses, whether its a photo shoot with models of the same race or mixed race we must be grateful that someone cares to support beauty and style, whoever and whatever it is. That day was a proud one for us all, Edward and Emma’s shoot. When you never get a chance then is given one, it is sublime.
Bethann Hardison – Editor-At-Large