Liya, Sessilee, Jourdan, Naomi……flawless!
Oooooo, I’m sooo excited.
Next week, the all black issue of Vogue will hit new stands. It’s a long time coming and I’m sure that when I buy my copy I’m gonna cry like a little girl, unashamedly and fervently. I really thought that this was just gonna be a cute thing, but as I’m writing this I feel a little emotional. Why is it 2008 and black beauty is still not appreciated and respected. I feel like there are all these people that look at beautiful black women and see a category instead of an amazing looking woman. I personally know black women and men who should be booked for the biggest runways and the most lucrative endorsements but are being over looked becuz of the color of their skin.
To look at the pictures of these women looking gorgeous and elegant, displaying the divinity of the black woman. This is the glory of Naomi and Tyra, Liya and Chanel Iman, Jourdan and Sessilee and the other overlooked talented few that make up this small group of women that have found footing on the slippery slope that is a whited-out fashion industry. My heart if full of pride and optimism at the future for women of color that are competent models. THIS IS NOT ABOUT BLACK MODELS TAKING OVER THE INDUSTRY, IT’S ABOUT EQUALITY AND RESPECTING EVERY FORM OF BEAUTY. I really hope that this can be the catalyst for the world of fashion to make the runways and advertorials an array of colors and shades from every race.
-Z’maji, “Raise your glasses to the future *clink*”