models of color

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Liya Kebede is the new “face” of L’Oreal Paris. Last month, she was named ambassador of the cosmetics company. So why’d they choose the 30-year-old Ethiopian supermodel? “Liya is a very strong, inspiring, and courageous woman, with an extremely refined and enchanting beauty. Her generous commitment to the cause of women’s wellbeing is also remarkable,” […]

Model Herieth Paul graces the cover of Elle Canada’s July 2011 Issue. Just four years ago, the 17-year-old was standing in front of her open refrigerator in Tanzania trying to keep cool in the summer heat. Now, she’s a Canada-based model who just landed her very first magazine cover. On moving to Ottawa, Canada: It […]

Marquita Pring stars as one of four plus-size models featured in Vogue Italia’s cover story fashion spread “Belle Vere,” meaning “Real Beauties.” Photographer Steven Meisel ignores the weight debate, capturing her in a lush setting that exudes sensuality. Celebrating body diversity, Meisel puts her curves front and center. The Curvy Girl’s Guide To Lingerie Toccara […]

Whenever we get the opportunity, HB likes to profile any and all fresh-faced models of color who are on the rise – the ones who will soon claim the spots once held by Tyra Banks and Tyson Beckford. We’ve been following the careers of Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn for some time now, but we […]

Jourdan Dunn shows us off how to pull off peasant skirts and tops in the March 2011 issue of Vogue UK. The “Ocean Colour Scene” spread features Jourdan (and fellow model Karmen Redaru) in pieces from Jil Sander, Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs. “It’s a wondrous view: big, bold, spicy hues on cottons and […]

Vogue Italia’s May 2011 issue features an all-black model fashion spread titled “Jump and Smile,” and we love it. We’re happy to see more and more magazines recognizing talent of color! In fact, Vogue Italia is what first got tongues wagging with their “Black Allure” editorial: Vogue Italia Debuts All-Black Model Fashion Spread! A Must-See! […]

Supermodel Rose Cordero channels Josephine Baker, the famous multi-talented Harlem Renaissance-era entertainer, in Tush magazine’s #24 issue. Finger waves, thin brows, and dramatic eyes begin the look while fringed, feathered and bejeweled barely-there outfits complete it. She even pays homage to Baker’s famous banana skirt. Some photos are NSFW. Model Nur Hellmann Channels Sade For […]

Models Anais Mali and Melodie Monrose are featured in the December 2010 issue of Interview magazine. The two models mirror one another in stare, pose and outfit as they show off 10 ways to wear white. Called “a look into the future at what’s to come for Spring/Summer 2011,” the two ladies embrace minimalism, presenting […]

Last month, we showed you Chanel Iman’s nude cover for i-D magazine’s pre-Spring 2011 issue. Inside the fashion spread, she remains naked, covering herself with only a pink purse. In another, she dons more fabric, heels, and a headwrap. Selita Ebanks & Chanel Iman Shine At 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show [PHOTOS] Vogue Italia Debuts […]

We love keeping an eye out for up-and-coming models of color. One our favorites on the rise is Nur Hellmann, a 5’11” stunner from Germany. In one of her latest shoots, for Italian magazine Io Donna’s February 2011 issue, she channels songstress Sade. Her boytoy in the shoot is Dominique Hollington. He’s not too bad […]

Harper’s Bazaar has included an all-black model fashion spread in their March 2011 issue. Rose Cordero, Ataui Deng, Anais Mali, Nyasha Matonhodze, Shena Moulton, Sedene Blake and Jeneil Williams pose for the “What’s Bright Now” piece. “This season’s colors pack a punch that goes from bold to bolder. The lesson: Don’t hold back.” Photographed by […]