Erykah Badu For Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Clothes

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Back in December, I exclusively reported that iconic fashion designer and creative director Riccardo Tisci is breaking barriers by tapping neo-soul singer Erykah Badu for the face of Givenchy’s Spring 2014 Campaign. See the original post here! Now I have the official images.

Tisci shared a few photos of the singer turned model via Instagram. Badu is modeling pieces from the brand’s 2014 Spring collection, which can also be seen in Purple magazine. In the black-and-white images, Badu rocks various looks from straight hair to her signature big afro. She also wears a top hat and headwraps on her head as well as oversized earrings.

Tisci on why he chose Badu:

“Erykah, she’s an icon—come on!” Tisci told Style.Com. “What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”

Tisci on having Badu’s image in his mind when he was designing the Spring 2014 line which is a mash-up of African and Japanese influences:

“She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life,” he said. “She’s got such a good sense of proportion, of colors.”

Tisci on being active in promoting women of color in his runway and in his campaigns: 

“There was a lot of talk this season in fashion,” Tisci said. “Me, I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same.”


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Photos Credit: Riccardo Tisci’s Instagram


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