Baby Woman, Naomi Campbell right at the very start of her career. She gave it from Day 1 no?
First off, kudos to Bethann Hardison for her passionate advocacy of diversity in the modeling industry. Credit too is due to the NY Times staff of style writers, from Guy Trebay through to Cathy Horyn who have been blunt in their perception of that lack of diversity in the fashion industry . A quiet respect is due to several very influential editors in the industry who have been using their power and access to negotiate an increased visibility for black models in the big corporate books. CFDA president, Diane von Furstenburg has also used her power to effect a shift in the booking policies of several magazines and editors. The upshot? Expect a rush of editorials highlighting the presence of black models in several of the blue chip books we all follow so avidly. The ne plus ultra this weekend is a convergence of some of the most fantastic black models ( past and present ) for a shoot that promises to be a definitive visual extravaganza . It could mean a serious blue chip cover. Or two. Stay tuned .