Vogue Italia Embraces Black Models

Chanel Iman - Model Featured In Vogue Italia’s ‘Black Allure’ Spread
Chanel Iman - Model Featured In Vogue Italia’s ‘Black Allure’ Spread

We’ve just checked out Vogue Italia’s latest issue, in which we’re happy to see some of the world’s top black models.

Vogue Italia’s ‘Black Allure’ spread sees top black models – Ajak Deng, Chanel Iman, Arlenis Sosa Pena, Jourdan Dunn, Melodie Monrose, Lais Ribeiro, Rose Cordero, Mia Aminata Niaria, Sessilee Lopez, Joan Smalls and Georgie Baddiel – all looking stunning in an Emma Summerton shoot.

We love the spread and celebrate occasions when diversity is embraced; after all, our agency has a hugely diverse range of models on its books.

But it’s got us thinking, is this shoot an attempt to diversify the representation of models in Vogue? Or is it just a great shoot using great models?

Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani wrote about whether colour is still an issue in fashion on her blog last week.

Sozzani said: “There isn’t a problem and it’s not a problem in fashion either. There is no discrimination. I’ve explained many times this argument in my posts, in December for example when the Washington Post mentioned Vogue and Vogue.it as a publication that cares for black girls, and comparing the great success of Eastern models to the lack of black models in the industry. Prejudice? Absolutely not.

“Iman, Naomi, Liya Kebede, Alec Wek and many others are a proof. Laziness in the research or scouting? This yes. No other reason.”

Either way, we think that beauty embodies all colours and are happy to see the fashion world continuing to embrace diversity.