3 Established Black Models Shaping the Industry

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Jourdan Dunn

From her debut with Marc Jacobs to her recently being announced as one of the faces of Burberry, Dunn has a lot on her running modeling record. When in an industry where top black models are very few, Dunn challenges the obstacles. In fact, the British model recently released an opinionated statement with i-D magazine criticizing the industry on how, “There are loads of black models working and the idea that there’s only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullshit.”

Ms. Jourdan Dunn, I definitely agree with you — no more bullshit!


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Arlenis Sosa

Dominican model, Arlenis Sosa, began her start rather abruptly. In fact, when she signed with Marylin Agency NYMag recalls that it happened right, “on the spot.” Just after two weeks after signing with Marylin Agency, Sosa snagged editorials from Vogue and Italian Vogue. From there, she has been recently crowned the face of Lancome and has opened and closed more shows than most top black models.


Photo Courtesy of Imaxtree; British Elle


Chanel Iman

African-American model, Chanel Iman, began her debut in February 2006 walking on the runways of Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Prozena Schouler according to NYMag. Since then she’s walked for famed brands such as Christian Dior, Valentino, and Givenchy. In addition, Iman has exposed her commercial side of modeling — walking for Victoria’s Secret. Chanel Iman also finds the fashion industry to discriminate against people of color — like her friend, Arlenis Sosa. In fact, Iman told i-D magazine, “It usually takes an ethnic girl — I‘m not saying black, I‘m saying ethnic, let‘s make that clear — twice as long. We‘ve gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren‘t ethnic.”




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2 Responses to “3 Established Black Models Shaping the Industry”
  1. krasota says:

    The beautiful Afro-American model stylishly and sexually looks not only in photos, but also in an actual life. Dream of any of the man.

  2. Chanel Iman is my favorite!

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