More black models walked the Fashion Week runways in than ever before, and hopefully the numbers will go up even more this year. Black models are making strides that in years past would have never seemed possible: opening and closing some of the biggest shows, appearing in groundbreaking campaigns, and splashing the covers of some of the biggest magazines. These models are showing what the power of a little melanin and a lot of strength can do for the fashion industry. There is still a long way to go for inclusion on the runway.
Naomi Campbell and 10 Black Models Who Owned the Runway
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Subscriber Account active since. But with still more to be done, there are black models working every day to change the industry for the better, including Jillian Mercado, Winnie Harlow, and Precious Lee. As New York Fashion Week kicks off, here are some of the most important — some already established and some up-and-coming — black models working in the industry today. Harlow's career began on "America's Next Top Model" in After being eliminated, she started working professionally in the industry, appearing in several magazines, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Ebony.
17 young Black models on the road to supermodel status
Marquaysa Battle. Brands like Fenty Beauty and Christian Siriano are dishing out more opportunities for Black models to appear in campaigns and on runways, while OG supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Beverly Johnson continue to speak up for inclusion. Thanks to this work, it looks like the melanin moment will turn into a permanent movement. Check out 17 young Black models on the road to supermodel status, and prepare your soul — because these Black women are truly magic! Duckie Thot stays booked and busy with modeling gigs for brands like Pat McGrath and Fenty Beauty , as well as runways for designers like Jeremy Scott.
The story of African Americans in the modeling world is often one of resilience, with a number of Black models forging a path for themselves and their communities in an industry that has often stuck to narrow, limited notions of who should be seen and celebrated. Here are some of the models who parlayed their runway and print success into other forms of gainful creativity. Born in London, Naomi Campbell was approached by a scout in the mids when she was a teenager. Campbell has faced a number of public difficulties, including guilty pleas to aggravated assault and substance abuse issues. She has also ventured professionally outside of the fashion world, singing and the occasional acting gig.