Ebony Magazine September 2015 Pays Homage To Female Black Models
For its September 2015 issue, African American publication, Ebony magazine pays homage to some of today’s top Black female models including Chantelle Winnie, Milan Dixon, Fatima Siad, Marquita Pring, Diandra Forrest, and Samantha Archibald.
According to Ebony, “In exclusive talks with EBONY, three generations of runway icons, including Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, Roshumba and Tyra Banks, share testimonies that affirm that Black models are ambassadors representing far more than the physical grace of Black people; they also represent our pride.”
The publication’s Fall 2015 issue “serves as a symbol of affirmation in an era where many black models are fading away from the runway and the pages of magazines.” Ebony reveals in its “Race & The Runway” article that “of the 9,538 model bookings that took place across 373 Fall 2015 fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, 80 percent were White; and Black models comprised less than 8 percent. Outrageous!”
Gail O’Neill reflects on how big business has affected Black models, “When I started in 1985, the industry was far more integrated. I feel sorry for the Black girls working today. So many times there is just one brown face, maybe two, in the couture shows…I can’t even count how many brown girls I would see every time the collections came around.”
The cover story and photo shoot: “Made You Look,” profiles six models rocking fall’s boldest trends, daring to represent the “ah-mazing” skin they are in. The diversity of Black skin is highlighted in the ten-page high fashion spread where we say hello to a new crop of models: Chantelle Winnie (IG: WinnieHarlow), Milan Dixon (IG: ModeloMilano), Fatima Siad (IG: FatimaSiad), Marquita Pring (IG: MarquitaPring), Diandra Forrest (IG: DiandraForrest), and Samantha Archibald (IG: ThinkThinkBrainBlast).
In a press release about the issue EBONY EIC Kierna Mayo said, “Thank you Black models of then and now—so present and despite what seems like fewer of you working today—so there. We see you injecting brown bodies into spaces where we have all but been erased.”
Photo Credit: Ebony magazine