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Models – BLINDIE.COM

Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French Vogue

Dutch Model Lara Stone Dons Blackface for French <em>Vogue</em>

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In the never-ending, broken record saga of blackface as an art form, Dutch model Lara Stone is the latest white person to dip into the shoe polish.

Stone’s face, arms and legs were painted in dark make-up to resemble what we can all assume to be a black person. French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield styled the shoot, and is rumored to be next in line as editor-in-chief at the American Vogue.

Needless to say the photos, taken by Steven Klein, are causing controversy as bloggers and editors speak out against it. Fashion magazine Jezebel said, “What Klein and Roitfeld should know is that painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is offensive in ways that stand entirely apart from cultural context.”

Can someone call Harry Connick Jr.? and get him to explain the whole blackface thing to French Vogue.

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Ga Ga: David LaChapelle’s ‘Rape of Africa’ Photographic Series

Ga Ga: David LaChapelle’s ‘Rape of Africa’ Photographic Series

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The ever-colorful and provocative photographer David LaChapelle debuts his photographic series “The Rape of Africa” at the David DeSanctis Gallery in Los Angeles and makes a bold political statement.

LaChapelle reinvents classic Botticelli’s 1484 Venus and Mars painting with Naomi Campbell as Venus and allegorical images representing the rape and pillage of Africa’s people and land.

Blindie is loving LaChapelle’s social series that makes offers much needed social commentary on the state of affairs in Africa. We’re also loving Naomi Campbell in the series!

Color on the Cover: Chanel, Sessilee, Jourdan & Arlenis Take i-D

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Talk about the hotness!

The September 2009 cover of i-D Magazine features four of Blindie’s brightest star models on one cover: Chanel Iman, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, and Arlenis Sosa.

We’re really loving the “Pretty Young Things” cover line as well–we couldn’t agree more!

British Model Jourdan Dunn Pregnant With First Child at 19

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One of Blindie’s fave models Jourdan Dunn is pregnant with her first child, according to Vogue. And expecting her new arrival in December.

At only 19, the British model and ubiquitous cover girl has staked her claim in fashion landing on the exclusive Vogue Italia cover last year. But she’s exciting for her new baby with her boyfriend of several years.

“I’m real looking forward to the future and having my baby,” she said. “I’m lucky – I’m feeling really well. I’m healthy and happy!”

First Black Cover Girl and Supermodel Naomi Sims Dies At 61

First Black Cover Girl and Supermodel Naomi Sims Dies At 61

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Naomi Sims, one of the first black supermodels of the 1960s and 70s, died this weekend from cancer at the age of 61.

Born in Mississippi and raised in Pittsburgh, Sims began modeling in her teens and was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968. She was a representation of the “black is beautiful” movement during the late sixties and would say “it’s ‘in’ to use me.” Sims also appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1969.

“Naomi was the first,” the designer Halston told The New York Times in 1974. “She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all the social barriers.”

Sims’ 1967 Times fashion supplement photo was featured in the Spring 2009 exhibit at the Metrolitan Museum of Art called “The Model as Muse.”

As well as achieving international success as a model, Sims studied at New York’s Fashion Institute and New York University and later launched a line of skin products and wigs for African American women.

She also penned several books including “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman,” “How to Be a Top Model” and “All About Success for the Black Woman, and wrote an advice column for Right On! magazine.

Naomi Campbell Ditches Her Cell Phone for a New Weapon: Her Handbag!

Naomi Campbell Ditches Her Cell Phone for a New Weapon: Her Handbag!

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Looks like supermodel Naomi Campbell (and her super temper!) has a new weapon! The British beauty has been accused of attacking a photographer (and putting him in the hospital!) while on vacation in Italy with her billionaire beau Mikhail Prokhorov.

The photog, Gaetano Di Giovanni, says Campbell scratched and bruised his face after she slapped him and hit him with her handbag.

“First she hit with her bag, screaming at me and then she tried to slap me,” he detailed to an Italian newspaper, “I managed to avoid her – but her nails still got my eye.”

“Media reports circulating that Naomi Campbell attacked a photographer in Lipari, Sicily are completely untrue,” her rep said. “The photographer was seen following Naomi Campbell on a small boat, taking photographs, the day after the alleged incident.”