GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Countdown to Our Favorite Cosmetics Endorsement Deals

beverly-johnson-iman-revlon

The mark of a real household name is the endorsement deal–and with the recent announcement of Freida Pinto’s latest deal with powerhouse cosmetics brand L’Oreal, we thought it’d be apt to countdown five of our favorite beauty spokesmodels:

liya-kebede-estee-lauder1
1. Liya Kebede for Estee Lauder

queenlatifah-cover-girl-ad
2. Queen Latifah for Cover Girl

beyonce-loreal
3. Beyonce for L’Oreal

halleberry-revlon-ad
4. Halle Berry for Revlon

tyrabanks-cover-girl-ad
5. Tyra Banks for Cover Girl

Color on the Cover: Models Liya Kebede & Jourdan Dunn Among ‘Faces of the Moment’ for Vogue May 2009 Issue

vogue-may-2009-cover-liyakebede-jourdandunn

Superbeauty Liya Kebede is among one of the nine “faces of the moment” featured on Vogue‘s May 2009 cover–and newcomer Jourdan Dunn can be seen on the pullout!

This is the third consecutive Vogue cover featuring a black woman (March was Michelle Obama and April was Beyonce).

Other models on the May 2009 issue include Natalia Vodianova, Anna Jagodzinska, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Lara Stone, Caroline Trentini, and Natasha Poly.

GIMME FIVE: Blindie’s Favorite Vogue Covers Starring Influential Black Women

beyoncevogueapril2009

With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women:

oprah-vogue-cover-october1998

1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world’s first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

liya-kebede-vogue-cover-may-2005

2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn’t only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, “Cover Model with a Cause!”

beverly-johnson-vogue-cover-1974

3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, “The Today Look.”

michelle-obama-vogue-cover-march2009

4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. “The First Lady the World’s Been Waiting For” on their March 2009 cover–and we couldn’t agree anymore!

jennifer-hudson-vogue-cover-march2007

5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue‘s Power Issue in March 2007. “To embrace Jennifer’s success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine,” Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.

Ethiopian Supermodel Liya Kebede Takes Angelina Jolie’s Job For St. John Ad Campaign

Liya Kebede, international supermodel from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has another accolade under her tiny belt, as the new face of St. John.

Taking over where actress Angelina Jolie left off, Kebede—who was the first woman of color to represent Estee Lauder—is front and center (with her own page!) in the ads Blindie scanned above.

While most black models are thrown in the midst of a gaggle of blonde European waifs, Kebede touts her own page, while two Euro models share one. Blindie LOVES it!

400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn’t get your hands on the July issue of the “all-black” Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand.

With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don’t sell magazines.

Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue‘s attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn’t viewed as “a collectors’ edition, a one-off, a novelty”, as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.

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.”