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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!

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In preparation for Fashion Week, Blindie caught up with Ralph Lauren’s model-on-the-rise Pierre Woods to get his take on some of the weighty issues that a fashionable man has to tackle.

Boxers or Brief?: “I’d prefer boxer briefs…but if I HAVE to choose…I’d say briefs because they’re better to wear for working out.”

Beyonce of Sasha?: “I’ll have to say Beyonce. The name Beyonce bounces off the tongue better”

Mariah or Mimi?: “The Emancipation of Mimi was a good come back album for her…So that makes this one tough…I’d say the winner of the split decision is Mimi.”

Chanel Iman or Iman?: “This one is easy, Chanel Iman. She’s a very talented and sweet girl and her mom is amazing too. I worked with her on the 2008 Holiday shoot for Ralph Lauren. We did a shoot together on a Ski-Doo (snowmobile) that wasn’t used, that I’d love to have in my book.”

Chanel Iman and Pierre Woods in a shoot together? Blindie would love to have that in our books also!

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New York Model Management’s Pierre Woods has got Blindie’s heart racing with his ads for The Olympic Collection by Ralph Lauren.

“To see yourself in an advertisement while you are walking down the street is kind of breathtaking,” the 26-year-old stunner recently said. “And it’s rewarding to know that you are being a part of something that’s above yourself. It’s something the entire country is sharing.”

Beyond his beauty, Woods has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University on an athletic scholarship.

“He’s the next Tyson Beckford,” a source close to the model tells Blindie. Although he seems to be following Beckford’s Ralph Lauren footsteps, we’re also rooting for Wendell Lissimore.

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