Black GirlS doing it well…. *M.I.A. Voice*
If you know me, then you know that this right here… is a really BIG DEAL! I am all about diversity in the industry and recently read a shaking article explaining that Vogue magazine has not had a Black Model on their cover in… *wait for it*… 10 years!!!!
So back to the topic!! Supermodels Iman 59, Naomi Campbell 44 and Singer Rihanna 26 posed in Balmain designed by the ‘oh-so fab genius’ Oliver Rousteing. The trio came together for a story celebrating fashion brand Balmain’s 28-year-old creative director (which is Olivier Rousteing for those who didn’t know), who says the three embody his style.
‘These women are inspiring to so many different people..’
‘Bringing them together represents the concept I’m working toward.’
Recently Oliver Rousteing fought back against diversity barriers using diverse models in his Resort 2015 Lookbook and now we get to see him use three of the most beautiful black women in the world who are indisputably giving us LIIIIIFE in this high fashion editorial spread for W Magazine!
Kudos to W Magazine for having Rihanna as the Cover star and publishing such a beautiful editorial without labelling or segregating it into a ‘black’ themed issue and/or spread. Also, I must say Kudos to Oliver again for being brave enough to shake it up & show his vision for a high-end brand using only what he wants; black models.
Even though the price point for Balmain is, how do i say?.. Sliiiiiiiiiiightly out of reach for me (for now that is!). Oliver makes the brand relatable to young customers, and very much-so appealing to me (as a customer) who is looking for fresh, high-end, well-tailored, intricate, diva-ish clothes with a splash of ‘ratchet’ (yes I said it… do you seeeee the jewellery & earrings he uses?) clothing and accessories which is wearable!
It makes me truly happy to see black beauty highlighted in fashion. I’m not one for segregation, I just appreciate the acknowledgement that beauty comes in all colours and shapes. So whoever’s idea this was… is a genius!! !
… Am I the only one who wants to start crediting Rihanna as an up-and-coming Model??!! SOMEONE SIGN HER ALLLLREADY!! I also reckon that after Rihanna decided to boycott Instagram when they suspended her account and deleted her Nude pics from Lui Magazine. Actually hearing about what she’s been up to and what she is wearing bla.. bla.. bla.. has been a definite struggle, FOR ME!! Her ‘relevance’ has began to sadly decline for me which is sad… she is one of my top style Icons. But maybe this shoot is a Game changer.?. (come back o insta Rihanna)!!
Heres the spread!!…
Behind the Scenes shot….