Model Watch: SI Swimsuit Beauty Jessica White Writing Book About Abused Past

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit stunner and Maybelline spokesmodel Jessica White will become an authoress, writing her first novel.

While celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday, White revealed to New York’s Daily News that her foray into the world of literature will be autobiographical, specifically about a sexually abused young girl.

“I am all about empowering women to bounce back from being abused, because I was abused when I was younger,” she said, before adding that her untitled, yet scribed book will be a movie that will star her.

Kanye West and Chanel Iman Chat and Share Fries at MEN.STYLE.COM’s Women of Fashion Event

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Blindie’s fave model Chanel Iman cozied up to Kanye West during the MEN.STYLE.COM Women of Fashion event in New York on Wednesday and even shared some fries with the ego-tastic singer.

The 3rd annual fashion bash held at the New York Palace Hotel’s Palace Gate celebrated 25 of the fashion industry’s most glamorous ladies, including Rachel Roy, Chloë Sevigny and Berrin Noorata, selected by a panel of equally stylish men: André Benjamin, Paul Sevigny and Sean Avery.

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

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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:

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1. Liya Kebede for Estee Lauder

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2. Queen Latifah for Cover Girl

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3. Beyonce for L’Oreal

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4. Halle Berry for Revlon

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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

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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.

Somalian Models Iman & Ralph Lauren Face Ubah Hassan Talk Being Black in Fashion

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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!

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

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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:

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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.

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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!”

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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.”

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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!

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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.

Photographer Stalks Jourdan Dunn’s Runway Looks During Paris Fashion Week

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Photographer Greg Kessler stalked the transformations of Jourdan Dunn during Paris Fashion Week for the New York Times.

The British beauty, who walked for everyone from Christian Dior to Jean Paul Gautier, rocked nine stunning looks from her Parisian time on the catwalk.

You can also check out Blindie fave Chanel Iman‘s looks here too!