Monday, April 28, 2008

Black is finally in fashion at Vogue

As seen in: The Independent

By Ian Johnston and Photini Philippidou

Sunday, 27 April 2008

It's an open secret in the fashion industry: black models rarely get jobs on catwalks, in magazines and on billboards. According to executives, they do not inspire women to spend money.

Apart from Naomi Campbell in one Louis Vuitton advertisement this season, it would be difficult to find a single black model in a prominent position in a magazine. Carole White of the Premier Model Agency says she has received casting briefs requesting "no ethnics" and adds: "According to magazines, black models don't sell."

The leading British photographer Nick Knight says: "The fashion industry and the advertising industry are steeped in racism. You just have to look around at the number of black girls you see in ads virtually nil. Among the main fashion brands, they are completely under-represented. It's shocking and atrocious. "... continue reading

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