Friday, September 21, 2012

She's Black and She's Bald!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm so sick of seeing dark skin bald models, giving the appeal that black women can't grow hair. I mean think about it, if you put enough images of bald black models, one can only assume maybe black girls can't grow hair?!

Now dont get me wrong I loved the Alek Wek look and I love the short buzz cut look, but how many Alek Wek clones can you create? They're exceptions such as Jourdan Dunn and Marihenny Passible, BUT that does not out weigh the majority. And majority rules. It almost makes it seem like the fashion is obsessed with this one look or even deeper, only capable of visualizing this androgynous look on black women. I say androgyness because short cuts especially buzz cuts are associated with masculine features. A nicer way of saying this without offending a women's femininty is saying "edgy", or their look is so edgy.

I don't have issues with adrogyness look or edgy, which ever term is preferred. I in fact think the look is totally cool and they're plenty of androgyness white models, but you get all different looks from white models. You don't just get that one stereotyped look, you got edgy girls such as: Arizona Muse, Agyness Deyn, Hanna Ben Abdesselum, Kristen McMenamy, etc. But you also have a whole bunch of softer feminine girls such as: Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, Jak Jagciak, Karmen Pedaru, Constance Jablonski, Natalia Vodianova. And don't even let me get to sexy bombshells, it'll go on and on. You understand me?

But it seems to be the bald edgy look is the "look" for black models. Just a few thoughts I'd like to comment about diversity in looks.

NOTE: Notice how lighter skin/mixed models seem to have the "longer hair" or take on the sexier jobs such as VS and are more "commercial". Or at least can do both "edgy" and "girl next door" looks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How much more i-D covers Ms. Dunn?

I'm a big follower of Jourdan modeling career ever sense she's made her big break on Italian Vogue cover for the black issue. And as a true follower I've notice two things:

1. Jourdan has a consistant modeling career. (even after baby break)
2. Jourdan has yet to REALLY make her big break.

I say this because even though Jourdan is a top runner for fashion week and gets decent amount of bookings, it always seems like she just made it. Or she's almost there, but didn't quite get it. Other girls like Karlie, Joan, or Liu Wen have done it to me. But Jourdan being one of the very few black women doing well in the industry, I'd think she get something big already, like a big cosmetics campaign, the cover of Bristish Vogue, or a solo girl ad campaign for a huge fashion house.

Anyway's what brought me to this attention was her new cover of i-D magazine, which she seems to get a cover every year. The issue has multiple covers, but my thoughts are: "damn! when will she just be on the cover of British Vogue solo".

Anyway here is Jourdan's i-D cover history:

October 2012 Fall Issue
November 2011 Winter Issue
April 2011 Spring Issue
September 2009 Pre-Fall Issue
 March 2009 Issue
September 2008 Issue

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Joan Smalls #1

I'm returning to blogging about models and sort of changing my views and direction with this blog. Instead of just reporting random modeling countdowns, I'm going to be really focusing my energy on issues and the attitude of the industry.

Here I'm kinda late, but the biggest news seems to be Joan Smalls #1 ranking on
Now website I tend to check very so often and they seem to have pretty good reflection or representation of the modeling industry. So putting Joan Smalls as number one seemed pretty on point. CONGRATS to Joan Smalls and and her ranking. And it seems as though Karlie and Arizona come right after her which means I was right about there high status.

It seems as though the biggest hype of the ranking of Joan Smalls is well....SHE'S BLACK! Or at least she ethnic girl, someone that is non- white. To me this is a little surprising considering how white dominating this industry is, it makes me assume that a lot of this was planned by the industry altogether. Why I say this?

This industry has changed, simply because of time, technology, and focus. A long time ago a model was discovered and developed. So one designer might use them for a show or ad campaign, but that didn't mean everyone would use her, or even know about her being the "it girl". Nowadays a girl enters fashion week booking all every show even though she looks like an average becky, and you wonder what made her stick out so much?

I really fascinated and wonder when or even how long Joan Smalls will kept as #1, my assumptions are 1 year tops. So by 2014 or late 2013, I'm sure to expect a new number one.

I also question this constant idenfication as her being black when she really is bi-racial. I'll right more about that next time.  Anyway CONGRATS Joan Smalls.

Joan Smalls on British Harpers Bazaar
Rated #1 on