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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Chanel Iman Gives Tyra and Italian Vogue Black Models Puzzle-Piece Necklaces

Returning a gift that Tyra Banks gave her, Blindie's favorite model Chanel Iman gave all the models at Tuesday's celebration of Italian Vogue's black issue puzzle-piece necklaces. The necklaces, which are replicas of the ones Tyra gave Chanel last October on her show, are matching puzzle pieces that symbolize their shared struggle of opening doors in the fashion industry. "I want you to wear this because we are just two puzzle pieces in this struggle for black models," Tyra told Chanel last year. "So whenever you feel like, "Oh, God! I'm so tired…They didn't accept me for this because I'm a black model.' Just know that you're just one piece toward us becoming a complete puzzle." Blindie thinks diversity in modeling is Tyra's new crusade—just like her 2007 "So What?!" positive body image campaign. PHOTO: Courtesy The Tyra Banks Show
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Tyra Banks Celebrates Black Models & Italian Vogue Breakthrough On Talk Show

To celebrate Italian Vogue’s success, Tyra Banks is shooting a tribute episode of her namesake (Emmy-winning!) talk show Tuesday in New York, with Blindie’s favorite supermodel-in-training Chanel Iman, the world's first black supermodel Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Noemie Lenoir and many others. The model-mogul, who came on the modeling scene after Naomi Campbell’s rise to fashion fame and became the first black model to appear on the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, tranformed a Manhattan street into an asphalt runway. "A lot of the times the fashion world doesn't give a lot of attention to American Black girls from urban areas," Banks, who has been an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry, told Ebony last year. "I don't mean to pat my own back, but America's Next Top Model pulled down the curtain to this world that people thought they couldn't be a part of. Now every girl is like, 'I want to be a model.' I feel like the world is more accessible, but by no means is it less prestigious." The episode is scheduled to air in the beginning of Season 4 on September 11th. PHOTO: AP
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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
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Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Chanel Iman Gives Tyra and Italian Vogue Black Models Puzzle-Piece Necklaces

Returning a gift that Tyra Banks gave her, Blindie's favorite model Chanel Iman gave all the models at Tuesday's celebration of Italian Vogue's black issue puzzle-piece necklaces. The necklaces, which are replicas of the ones Tyra gave Chanel last October on her show, are matching puzzle pieces that symbolize their shared struggle of opening doors in the fashion industry. "I want you to wear this because we are just two puzzle pieces in this struggle for black models," Tyra told Chanel last year. "So whenever you feel like, "Oh, God! I'm so tired…They didn't accept me for this because I'm a black model.' Just know that you're just one piece toward us becoming a complete puzzle." Blindie thinks diversity in modeling is Tyra's new crusade—just like her 2007 "So What?!" positive body image campaign. PHOTO: Courtesy The Tyra Banks Show
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Tyra Banks Celebrates Black Models & Italian Vogue Breakthrough On Talk Show

To celebrate Italian Vogue’s success, Tyra Banks is shooting a tribute episode of her namesake (Emmy-winning!) talk show Tuesday in New York, with Blindie’s favorite supermodel-in-training Chanel Iman, the world's first black supermodel Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Noemie Lenoir and many others. The model-mogul, who came on the modeling scene after Naomi Campbell’s rise to fashion fame and became the first black model to appear on the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, tranformed a Manhattan street into an asphalt runway. "A lot of the times the fashion world doesn't give a lot of attention to American Black girls from urban areas," Banks, who has been an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry, told Ebony last year. "I don't mean to pat my own back, but America's Next Top Model pulled down the curtain to this world that people thought they couldn't be a part of. Now every girl is like, 'I want to be a model.' I feel like the world is more accessible, but by no means is it less prestigious." The episode is scheduled to air in the beginning of Season 4 on September 11th. PHOTO: AP
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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, "Is fashion racist?" Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek. "I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won't get but 15 because the other five designers don't want black models," says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). "That's not going to happen to white models. It's upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.'' Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, "This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you've broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again."
Read More

Black Is The New Italian

Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa. “Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times. “Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”
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