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