Featuring “Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen“
As many of us know, this years Metropolitan Gala paid tribute to the late designer impresario Alexander McQueen. As usual, the event is a sartorialist’s dream with fashion heavies and celebrities coming out in the season’s haute couture and custom gowns and tuxedos to turn the heads of their peers and the paparazzi.
We’ll showcase some of our favorites from the night and ask you who do you think was the best or worst dressed male and female.
No…your eyes aren’t playing tricks on ya. Naomi is gracing the cover of a mag wearing the same Gucci dress that Beyoncé donned for an earlier mag cover in February. Say what say HUH?
Black History Month is a time to commemorate and honor those who have made distinguished contributions in different facets of community and lives of African-Americans. In an effort to recognize those that have provided “first” and/or contributed to breaking boundaries we have identified the following individuals.
Meet the first black male supermodel! Not only is Tyson the first black male supermodel he is the first male model to reach supermodel status in a fashion world dominated by divine, statuesque females. This native New Yorker has graced the pages of publications such as Essence, Details, and GQ. But he is best known for his work as a Ralph Lauren model. He has been named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People Magazine and has hosted TV shows such as Make Me A Supermodel on Bravo.
David Agbodji is the first black male model to open and close for a Calvin Klein show. He broke out in Milan Men’s Fashion Week where he stole the show. This is considered a big feat because the fashion world appears to be considerably dominated by a majority race. David was born in Paris, is French-Nigerian and has modeled for such layouts in Interview, French Vogue, Surface, and German GQ.
Oh Ms. Tyra! The beautiful bombshell is the first black female model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, GQ, and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Getting her start on the runways of Paris, she has went on to achieve a multitude of accomplishments including acting, singing, status of businesswoman, and the host of such shows as America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also acted in such shows and movies as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Felicity, Just Shoot Me, All of Us, and Gossip Girls.
There is one word for this beauty…..FIERCE! Naomi Campbell is the first black female model to grace the cover of French Vogue and Time Magazine. She has graced over 500 covers which include Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and countless others. Naomi is part of the 90’s supermodel era which included the “Big Six,” Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and herself. Her very impressive résumé also includes acting in such shows and movie as The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, New York Undercover, Ugly Betty and countless others.
Barack and Michelle Obama
How beautiful is this?! The first African-American president Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle Obama, the first African-American first Lady. This power couple has achieved the ultimate feat and what so many before them have struggled to see accomplished. The induction of an African-American in the White House helps to give hope to all and pave the way for many of all races. Our 44th president is not only the first African-American president; he was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Through his hard work, values, and strong family upbringing, the president has knocked over many barriers.
All of the world has a great love for VOGUE Magazine: women, men, all races and religions, various social ranks and sexual orientations. This idolatry has catapulted VOGUE to astronomical heights and even to localized distribution to eighteen counties/regions. Vogue is now published in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and of course the United States (American Vogue).
It is the world’s fascination with American Vogue and our particular fascination with the lack of color on the COVERS of American Vogue which prompted this post.
I personally have been an avid reader of Vogue since middle school, when I decided I would become a clothing designer. Although my career aims have definitely changed, I still have a torrid affair with Vogue; one filled with love and hate. And sadness for the lack of diversity within its pages and especially the cover. This is one reason I actively pursued a career in fashion publication.
However, instead of harping about the lack of African-American and minority covers, we’re going to celebrate the achievements of said cover models. And hopefully ignite a fire of progression.
Enjoy! – Kenny Hibbler, Creative Director
And up next, Rihanna…
Here are some additional covers featuring women of color, mainly in group shots. And some much debated ‘vintage’ Vogue covers.