This month issue of Vogue Italy is entirely dedicated to black beauties. With its "4 ways cover" - featuring Naomi Campbell on the real front one and Jordan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez and Lyia Kebede, all photographed by Steven Meisel, on the other three hidden covers - it's the highly anticipated "black issue".
I don't buy Vogue every month, sometimes I feel it's a bit too pricey, expecially since you can take a look at the editorials trough communities like Foto Decadent... By the way, I don't miss the July issue (this one) and the August one that come with the wonderful separate magazine about shopping and new trends (but this is a different story...), so yesterday I spent a couple of relaxing hours with Vogue.
Well, in the end I'm not too sure they were "relaxing hours", cause in a certain way the whole thing irritate me a little, page after page.
I'm still not sure if I like or not this "black issue", if it is a smart idea or not. After all the recent talk about the lack of presence and discrimination of black models in fashion industry I'm not sure if Vogue's choice sounds like a clever one to me... A nice tribute, a sincere declaration of love to black women, a way to influence the industry in a positive way or only a too "cunning plan"...?
While I was reflecting on this issues, I stumbled upon the old editorial below, featuring Liya Kebede and André 3000. I found it here and I've no clues about where it was originally from. The only thing I know is that I love these pictures. They're beautiful shots of a wonderful black model (one of my favorite models indeed) and everything is so...natural!
When I look at these photos I enjoy the colors, the poses, the clothes and the vibe and I don't wonder if they're a cunning plan or only a good ed.
'Cause the answer is obvious...
In the end I only hope this controversial issue of Vogue will makes people talk and deeply reflect on discrimination and racial prejudice. All I hope is that it could be another step to give soon more consideration and respect to black models in the entire fashion industry.