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Author: Melanin Queen

17 Jul

Zuhair Murad Fall 2016 Couture

Zuhair Murad's Hippie Couture Collection Diverse Models Slay in Embellished Gowns & Thigh High Boots Innovative designer, Zuhair Murad never seems to disappoint! This season he gives LIFE with no parole as diverse models parade the runway in embellished lace, velvet, capes, chic hats and super sexy thigh high boots.  Pinched waist lines, sequins, bell-sleeves and form fitting cuts defined this collection, while the crimson and purple added a hint of color to otherwise black, beige, and soft pink looks. Yes, it sounds like way too much for any one collection, but Murad makes it WERK! It feels much like hippie chic, but actually looks more like rock star couture! Not sure that we are loving the wide buckled belts though. “She’s young,...
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13 Jan

Squad Goals: 90’s Supermodels Naomi, Cindy and Claudia Bring IT Back

Renowned photographer, Steven Klein captured the timeless beauty of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, & Claudia Schiffer, veteren supermodels of the 90's.  The shoot has a minimal monochrome feel, and  features the latest looks from our fav Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing. The Balmain Army is growing and it remains consistent in its diversity.  SLAY ON! "When I was a schoolboy in Bordeaux, it was their editorials that first made clear to me the amazing transformative power of fashion," he said in a statement. "Still today, many years on, their iconic images are often found amongst the jumble on mood boards in my (and almost every other designers') atelier. To say that working with them was a dream come true is no exaggeration."...
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16 Dec

Malaika Firth Says She “Ignores Racism” in Modeling Industry

Malaika Firth is a Kenyan-born British fashion model who started modeling after her mother saw a TV special about her agency, Premier Model Management. You may have seen this doll in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show,  Burberry ads, the TopShop holiday campaign or taking selfies backstage with our uncle Karl Lagerfeld! In addition to her stunning beauty, she is known to be outspoken about racial issues within the industry and has strong opinions about money and fame. Earlier this year, she spoke with VOGUE Magazine about how she ignores racism: "The lack of racial diversity is a prevalent issue in modelling but I try to ignore it. If you talk about it and try to make it an issue, then it's still...
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9 Nov

Indian Model New Face of Abercrombie & Fitch

Model, Neelam Gill made waves in the fashion community as the first model of Indian descent to be featured in a campaign for British luxury brand, Burberry. She has since, walked in numerous runway shows, including Kanye West x Adidas, and appeared in campaigns for TopShop and magazines including British Vogue, Glamour, Lucky, Elle and more. As of late, the Indian beauty has been seen posing in the latest campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. The brand is changing creative direction based upon customer feedback and critics who have called them out for their lack of diversity and oversexualized visuals in advertising. According to their SVP of marketing, Neelam is their answer and the first step to their rebranding strategy. Not only...
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5 Nov

Lineisy Montero in Prada Resort Campaign

Lineisy Montero, the Dominican model who became a designer favorite after her debut on the Prada runway, has taken the industry by storm! As we watched the shows this season, from New York to Paris, Lineisy was literally everywhere. She is silently becoming the new face of fashion's diversity initiative as she has rocked the runway for several designers including Balmain, Céline, Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and more! There has been so much controversy around the lack of cultural diversity in the fashion industry, especially in the booking of models for campaigns and runway shows. It's a breath of fresh air to see a model of color slaying the runway in her natural black afro, alongside other models who...
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19 Sep

Pyer Moss Challenges Racism with a Brave Fashion Statement

Black Lives Matter Fashion Show
Kerby Jean-Raymond and Usher Raymond at Pyer Moss
Pyer Moss Fashion Presentation Promotes Change Runway Show Challenges Racism & Police Brutality Kerby Jean-Raymond, the innovative designer behind Pyer Moss, the cult sportswear brand for men, has changed the game with a new "menswear for women" collection that challenges racism and police brutality in America. During New York Fashion Week, Jean-Raymond showcased a stellar and thought-provoking presentation that left buyers and press speechless, yet hungry for change. “For as long as I have this platform and for as long as people are going to listen to me — I’m going to take a stand on something and this is something that is important to me. If one person walks out of here today and is just nicer,...
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19 Sep

Lupita Nyong’o for Vogue Magazine

Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar winner and 12 Years A Slave breakout star, is still riding the wave of stardom after being named the "The Most Beautiful Woman" by People and "Woman of the Year" by Glamour Magazines. The Mexican-Kenyan actress covers Vogue (for a second time) in the season's hautest looks from Givenchy and Schiaparelli Haute Couture to Gaultier Paris, Atelier Versace, and Maison Margiela. Page for page, Nyong’o stuns in gorgeous gowns, even gracing us with the art of dance in the Paris’s Musée Picasso. A complete vision of beauty, yet the most beautiful aspect of the editorial is her words. The Star Wars actress talks about how her rise to fame was not always perfect. She was constantly discriminated against...
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