On Saturday, after brunching with one of my favorite friends who is currently living in London, I headed to the magazine store on Spring and Lafayette to get my hands on the new issue of Vogue Italia. (I got the Naomi cover because I didn't see the Liya one). Anywho, it's really, really wonderful. The fashion, the styling and the photography are all amazing, and even if this wasn't a special issue, it would still be an absolute keeper. The editors really took their time when putting the issue together and not only are all the models featured black, all the articles relate to black artists, directors, actors etc. I can't read Italian (but I can sort of figure some stuff out from Spanish), but the articles seemed really interesting, especially the one about Ebony magazine that I wish I could read (yay magazines!). My favorite part of the issue was the picture of Kiara Kabukuru, I loved her when I was young and it was so cool to see that she is still around and she still has that beautiful smile.
Although many people think that this issue won't change anything, I think some things will change. If anything, I think the whole point of this is to make the black models as well known as the Lilys and Gemmas of the world, which they've totally achieved because now we are all on a first name basis with Chanel*, Sessilee**, Jourdan and Arlenis. And once they are well known it is inevitable that they start showing up everywhere, in all editorials, and ad campaigns and on the runway. Frankly, I look forward to this, if anything because I'm seriously skeeved out by how young some of the models look these days and when I look at Sessilee, Jourdan and Arlenis, I don't see a 13 year old in tons of makeup playing dressup, I just see some cool chicks with cool attitudes wearing groovy clothes (did I just become Simon Doonan in that last sentence?).
The funniest part of the issue are the two photographs of Tyra Banks, followed by an entire spread with former America's Next Top Model contestant Toccara, who even got her name on the cover! (I never saw that season, but was informed that she was the plus sized contestant, and evidently, didn't win. See? Anja was totally better off not winning the competition and now she can be a real model!)
If you haven't bought your copy yet, then you best hop to it. You are missing out on some serious fashion awesomeness.
*I still think she has a really unfortunate name and all because Chanel will always be Coco and not her, but I guess if you say "Chanel got the Versace ad campaign", no one is going to think you mean Coco.
**Sessilee has a blog?