7.16.2008

All Black


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?

10 comments:

mary said...

Toccara looked absolutely amazing! Looking at her, I understood why they use skinny models; she was just so sexy it was distracting, she just looked so good you barely noticed the clothes.

I loved the issue in general, and not just an "oh I have to to support black rights" but in an "oh my God.. breathless..." kind of way

sleepyhead said...

chanel iman is one of my fave models of the moment. she has such a precious face, and she seems so approachable. i loves her. and i agree with you, i'm so OVER 11 year old models. its like seriously, you don't even have the hips to wear herve leger yet.

i'll have to get my hands on a copy. but i wish that more attention would be paid to asian models, they are always behinds the scenes as well. you never hear about du juan or hye park. but about sasha, gemma, lily cole and so on and so forth.

Rollergirl said...

Great post and thanks for the heads up on Sessilee's blog :)

Honeymoon said...

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See u !

bubblegumculture said...

Ooh, this looks so awesome! I often wish I could read Italian and French (I can make out a bit of French from my high school lessons) because their Vogues are so much better than the American version, IMO.

angiesyounglover said...

have you ever walked the span of waverly to west 4th on 6th ave? there are a bunch of sidewalk magazine vendors and they have a ton of vogues (italian, australia, portugal, paris, usa) and they're not all new, there are some that are definitely from the early 90s, maybe later, up on through to current editions. they aren't in any order, you kinda have to go digging for them, but it's kinda fun. best thing: usa vogues are $2, internationals are $4. and they don't just have vogues, it's bazaar, elle, vanity fair...the works! you probably already know this, but whatevs, i wanted my first comment to be, like, omgz, mayjah, etc. ciao!

laia. said...

ayl: omg i didnt know about that. i gotta head over there this weekend. thanks for the heads up!

angiesyounglover said...

lemme know how it go, yo.

TriedandTrue said...

Why does Tyra's eyes look misplaced in that photo. One eye is slanted downward while the other is normal?

CoutureCarrie said...

These photos are breathtaking! I have got to get a copy of this mag before they are all sold out!!