“They automatically think I’m from Africa or Somalia!” she criticizes of the fashion industry, which she says immediately dismisses her as, “‘Oh, You’re a black girl!'”
Of being compared to black modeling greats Grace Jones and Iman, Lopez says, “That’s awesome. Are you kidding me? Me? I’m just me–I’m just this little dork!”
It seems another one of the pretty black faces featured in Vogue Italia‘s Black issue is getting work: African-American model Sessillee Lopez has landed in the print ads of Calvin Klein’s CK One campaign, shot by Steven Meisel.
In her spot, she’s photographed canoodling a hot white model with the tag line, “We Are One,” serving us de ja vu: Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that Blindie reported on Banana Republic featuring an interracial couple in its latest ad campaign?
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.