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15 Black Models Who Are Making Major Waves In The Industry Right Now

November 18th, 2014 - By Asha Boston
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Naomi Campbell, Iman, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tyra Banks. They’re all legendary fashion models that made their marks. Here are a list of 15 up and comings who are slowly but surely becoming household names.

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Chanel Iman

I think it’s fair to say that Chanel Iman is just as iconic as her first and last name. The Los Angeles native got her start modeling at just 13 and now at 23, she has appeared on covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and i-D magazine. Not to mention her countless spreads and advertising campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, GAP, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Express and many more brands and designers.

Beauty Brings The Bucks! Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls On Forbes’ Highest-Paid Models List

August 19th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Jourdan Dunn.

Move over Banks and Campbell! Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, two prominent models of color, have landed on Forbes’ 2014 World’s Highest-Paid Models list.

Landing among the top 15, Dunn is one of 2014’s best paid models. If you don’t know her from the pages of fashion magazines, you’ll recognize her as the Black British beauty in Beyonce’s titillating Yonce music video. Or Bey’s theme-park themed XO? The 24-year-old model, graced by Beyonce’s midas touch, reeled in a sweet $4 million from June 2013 to 2014.

Dunn, who was discovered at 16 by Storm Model Management (who also put Kate Moss on the map), out-earned popular Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel, ex-angel Erin Heatherton, and fashion model Cara Delevigne.

This year alone, Dunn has scored advertising campaigns with Ann Taylor, Balmain, Burberry, H&M, Calvin Klein, Target, Topshop, DKNY, and Express. Most laudingly, Dunn was named the new face of Maybelline this past April. Oh and did I mention that she’s a mother, too?

“The London-born model explained that her mum takes charge of her young son as she rocks the runway for some of the world’s most-famous designers,” the Daily Mail wrote.

Dunn, No. 13 on Forbes’ Highest Paid Model list, has made a splash in the industry as the first model of color to strut for Prada since the legendary Naomi Campbell, but she believes that this is nothing to applaud for.

“I find it weird when agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great? I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion,” Dunn said, according to the Daily Mail.

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Ivan Nikolov/

Joan Smalls, who catwalked into 17th place on the Forbes list with $3 million, would agree with Dunn.

“People hide behind the word aesthetic. They say, ‘Well, it’s just that designer’s aesthetic.’ But when you see 18 seasons in a row and not one single model outside a certain skin color…?” she explained, the Daily Mail reports.

Breaking color barriers, Smalls is the first Latina to be signed as the face of Estee Lauder. This year, you saw her in Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Fendi, Gucci, and iCB campaigns.

One catwalk at a time, these two catwalk queens are bound to open doors for future cover girls of color.

Hanging on to the top spot since 2002 is Gisele Bundchen, who pulled in $47 million last year. She even made more than her husband, NFL player Tom Brady who made $31.3 million.

Sharing the number two spot are Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima with $8 million each.

Joan Smalls Covers V Magazine As The Iconic Tina Turner

August 30th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: V Magazine

Source: V Magazine

From StyleBlazer 

Two words come to mind when we think of Tina Turner: fierce and fabulous! So who better to take on the larger than life essence of Ms. Turner than the equally awe-inspiring Joan Smalls, the number one supermodel in the world?

We can’t think of anyone better! The spread, shot by Tom Munro and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, shows Joan donning a blonde cropped wig similar to Turner’s rock star cropped cut and an abundance of gold jewelry that would make Trinidad James jealous.

We’re loving the energy that is radiating through the spread and it looks like Joan was having a blast. Who wouldn’t have fun being able to channel the queen of rock n’ roll? You can catch Joan in the September issue of V Magazine which hits newsstands today!

See the rest of Joan Smals’ editorial spreed at 

Iman Wants People To Boycott Designers Who Don’t Put Black Models On Their Runway

August 13th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/

Legendary supermodel Iman says that it’s time to take a stand. According to a report on Jezebel, 82.7 percent of models in Fall/Winter Fashion Week were white, while Asian models were 9.1 percent, black models were six percent (falling from 8.2 percent in 2012), and Latina models were only two percent of the supermodels walking the runway. And while some of the top models in the world are of color, including Joan Smalls (who was ranked the number one model on, the runways still manage to stay the same. Because of that, Iman says there needs to be a major change, and she’s saying that until it happens, folks need to start boycotting these fashion labels so they can feel the hit in their pockets. Here’s what she told Vogue:

“It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.

There is something terribly wrong. We have a President and a First Lady who are black. You would think things have changed, and then you realise[sic] that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards.”

This story about the lack of diversity on runways is as old as time, and while I’d love to see more women of color killing it in major fashion shows, you can’t make people put folks in their shows if they don’t want to and if they aren’t keeping them out because of malicious intent. But then again, there are plenty of black designers out here to support if the actions of these major labels aren’t floating your boat…just saying!

What do you think of Iman’s comments?

When’s The Baby Carriage Coming?! Celebrity Couples We Can’t Wait To Have Children

January 8th, 2013 - By M A
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Most celebs are some good-looking folks. And while we enjoy their brand of attractive for as long as they’re in the spotlight, who is going to carry on that beautiful tradition in the years to come? Babies, babies and more babies. With news of some of Hollywood’s most attractive people hopping on the baby train in 2013, we decided to take a look at 15 wildly pretty couples who we can’t wait to bring a little one into the world. And no we’re not trying to perpetuate the whole baby mama/baby daddy phenomenon that’s going on, we’re just saying these folks will have some cute babes worth talking about whether they decide to put marriage before the carriage or not.

We Want Our MTV: First Episode of ‘House Of Style’ Reboot Airs

October 17th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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House of Style

From StyleBlazer

Over the summer (and with much fanfare,) MTV announced the relaunch of the network’s legendary fashion show House Of Style. To ramp up the nostalgic love for this late ’80s and early ’90s style-obsessed show, MTV opened up their archives and streamed all 12 seasons on After much anticipation, the first episode of the new season has finally aired. In the premiere, our illustrious hosts, models Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss, take us backstage for Paris Fashion Week and give us behind the scenes runway magic at Stella McCartney’s and Jean Paul Gaultier’s shows.

Read more and watch the full episode at StyleBlazer

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Work It: ‘It Girl’ Joan Smalls Covers Dazed & Confused Magazine

September 13th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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From StyleBlazer

Although her forbidden fruit seems dangerously tempting, Joan Smalls’ romantic ensembles and doe-eyed expression are more Snow White than evil queen. The supermodel tempts On The Road star Sam Riley in Dazed & Confused magazine’s October issue, in an editorial that seems set in a beautiful dark and twisted fantasy. She transitions seamlessly from strong and ferocious to soft and feminine in every still, rocking Stella McCartney and a superwoman leather jumpsuit by Valentino. Joan has continually knocked it out of the park this year, and it’s been exciting to watch her work! It’s probably not best to mess with a leather clad girl with a German shepherd.

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Style to Steal, Or Girl, Stop: Meagan Good, June Ambrose, Angela Simmons & More

August 3rd, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Socialite and businesswoman Angela Simmons attended the 13th annual Art For Life Gala in the Hamptons this past weekend looking uber-colorful and “blinged” out. To the event she rocked this cream dress with a beaded skirt and ruched detailing on the bust. There were also beaded elements draped from the bottom of the skirt that gave it an extra fancy Showgirls costume look. On her feet were satin blue peep-toe pumps, and she brought out her most fabulous diamonds with iced-out bracelets, bangles, a ring and earrings. This is definitely a creative and fun look, and the satin blue pumps brought out the blue in the dress. I could see myself rocking something like this for a night on the town. Steal!

Style to Steal or Girl, Stop: Zoe Saldana, Lauryn Hill, M.I.A. & More Get Très Chic in Paris, Philly and Berlin

July 6th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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What a fashionable week it has been! Blame it on the fact that it is Paris Fashion Week, as well as Fashion Week in Berlin, and then some of our favorite ladies were just out and about dressing anything but traditional. Let’s take a look through some very exotic, very fierce and maybe even questionable style choices from the week.

Model Joan Smalls showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 shows wearing these colorfully printed bottoms with wedge heels that had a strap across the foot, and she threw this sheer long-sleeved top on for a complete look. To bring it all together, she pulled out her favorite small black clutch and wore her hair down, looking soft and sleek. I love how laid back but still appropriate this ensemble is, and even without jewelry, she’s still killing it. Steal!

What’s the Point?: Is Vogue Italia’s “Haute Mess” Issue Offensive?

March 8th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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Just a few weeks ago, we were celebrating the fact that Vogue Italia was featuring Joan Smalls, a model of color, on the cover of this month’s issue, the first woman of color to grace the magazine after four years.

Turns, out we may have to take that praise right back because the actual “Haute Mess” spread is a bit stereotypical at best. Looking at the pictures, which seem like they could come straight out of the movie “BAPS”, you just have to wonder, what messages was Vogue Italia trying to send?

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