Somalian models Iman and newcomer Ubah Hassan, the spring face of Ralph Lauren, sit down with New York magazine for an intimate chat on their African roots, being black in fashion and her big break with Ralph Lauren.
“I talked to young models and I asked them, ‘What is the most upsetting thing that is happening to you guys now?’” Iman says. “And singularly they said they would go to go-sees — especially when there is the fashion shows coming up — and they would say to them, ‘We’re not using black models this season.’ Like it’s a category — like we’re not doing denim this season. It’s very upsetting.”
As for her moment with Ralph Lauren, Ubah said she went to an open call and the famed designer complimented her face. After the casting, she got a call that she was Ralph’s new girl!
Seven Pounds actress Rosario Dawson has a confession to make: she was floored after seeing a girl topless.
But this girl wasn’t any girl, she was supermodel Iman of David Bowie fame.
“I did a photo shoot for her, and she suddenly took off her T-shirt to change into another and I was like, ‘Damn!’” the 29-year-old actress told Playboy. “She was so beautiful, elegant, classy and timeless, and there was something really exotic about it.”
“Very few human beings have been that sexy and desirable,” Dawson added. “I wanted to say, ‘You are sculpted by God.’ I was like, wow.”
Even though Diddy did it for his fall 2008 Sean John collection and Dsquared2 followed suit with a mostly non-white runway show, it still makes headlines when a designer chooses to go exclusively black.
Menswear designer Carlos Campos sent out a press release announcing he will be using an all-black cast of models for his first womenswear runway show at the Altman building on Monday during Fashion Week.
The release describes Campos’s collection as “jet set rockstar — think David Bowie and Iman on holiday in the South of France.” Iman is also credited as inspiring the all-black casting.
The New York Observer poses the obvious question “…should we interpret Mr. Campos’s show as having diversity for the sake of diversity, or just a publicity stunt?” And considering the recent succes of Italian Vogue‘s black issue, Blindie is wondering the same thing.