The Black Issue

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With the shows going on in São Paulo and my inbox loaded with questions regarding why there are such few black girls on the runway in Brazil, I was particularly interested in reading Cathy Horyn's piece for the NYT about the July issue of Italian Vogue. The issue features exclusively black girls photographed by Steven Meisel, and all the articles and topics are related to black women in the arts and entertainment.

As far as I know there are no Brazilian girls featured in the issue, which does not surprise me considering that the few black girls I have seen working here in the past week were Emanuela de Paula, Samira, and newcomer Gracie. There is no shortage of beautiful black girls in the country, so why don't we see more of them in editorials and ad campaigns? Agencies will certainly not start spending time developing black girls until designers, advertisers, and editors start asking for them.

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Pictured above are Samira and Gracie Carvalho at SPFW.

Make sure to also read Cathy Horyn's blog entry about the NYT article.

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All those women in the cover look pretty much the same
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even naomi campbell whose pretty dark looks washed out
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an all black issue is a nice idea though
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so i guess it's the thought that counts
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bravo VOGUE. woulda left Naomi off though..sooooo ova her! there are numerous younger black girls or even older black models who woulda represented a lot better.

They look nothing alike bone structures are completely diffrent, especially Jourdan. I really want that issue and hope Anna follows their example with July Vogue America.

gracie and samira are both absolutely gorgeous. i can't believe gracie doesn't seem to be represented internationally yet? hopefully they have a breakout year in the upcoming seasons!

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yeah, Vogue is really revolutionary and inclusive
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Anna doesn't follow anyone's example but her own
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i think they used PANTONE PMS 468 C to match their skintones
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i don't think US Vogue has had a model of african descent as an only girl cover since 2006 but coincidentally has an article questioning whether fashion is racist in this months issue.

Anna Wintour, do a similar issue? We all know that's not going to happen.

i guess its a bit of damned if you do damned if you dont

kudos on Vogue Italia doing a "African" issue (surely American Vogue would not) but also there skin color is pretty much uniform.

why not show the diversity of the African color palatte...from cafe au lait to obsidian

heres a great example
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/250/521764737_d97d4157f3_o.jpg

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Vogue has a pre-colonial mentality that pretty much permeates all of American businesses and their decision making processes
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Vogue is the Wal-Mart of fashion publishing, it's too big, it's common, it's tired
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and it always ends where it belongs, in the trash
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Thank you for stating on top of the whole racism in fashion issue. We here in the states don't think much of it because for all the crap we still put up with we've come very far re: race here. The top celebs are black and then there's Obama. However, the fashion industry is full of obnoxious racists. The sad part is most of the men are gay and should really be better about issues such as racism.

I really don't understand places like Brazil or even England where there are huge numbers of blacks but yet they don't have the clut blacks in the U.S. do. I'm not saying we're better, I'm just interested to get some feedback on this so I can understand better. Why has their been no civil rights movement? I am always being told by Brazilians that color is not an issue in Brazil but yet it obviously is a huge issue. Please try to help me understand this. I hear the same thing from All latin americans yet, every single country seems to follow the lighter the better rule.

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what is to understand? everyone is a little racist
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