One of my favorite fashion photographers Steven Meisel has spawned the brilliant yet radical idea of publishing an issue of Italian Vogue featuring all black models: Iman, Ms. Campbell, Tyra Banks, Jourdan Dunn, Ms. Kebede, Ms. Wek, Pat Cleveland, Karen Alexander and even the “full figured” Toccara Jones. Celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath (a black woman) did all the makeup for the shoot.
When asked why he thinks black girls have been “dodged & burned” from the fashion runway, Meisel says the designers, magazine editors and advertisers think that “con$umers will re$ist the product”. Notice my replacement of the letter “s” with dollar signs.
Read more on this special issue of Italian Vogue in Cathy Horyn’s NYTimes.com article, “Conspicuous by Their Presence”.