I live for great fashion moments like this! Twice in one week, a woman or color has snagged a campaign with a luxury brand. Fashion houses around the world are proving that they want more diversity in the fashion industry. Last week, I announced that iconic fashion designer and creative director Riccardo Tisci is breaking barriers by tapping neo-soul singer Erykah Badu for the face of Givenchy’s Spring 2014 Campaign. See the original story here.
It was just announced that Rihanna is the face of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The diamond selling pop singer was shot by Inez and Vinoodh for her campaign for the luxury French fashion house. She styled in denim-on-denim, all laced out gold chains and buckles and a chain-embellished pink & white robe during her shoot.
Expect Rihanna’s campaign to hit magazines in January. According to Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing, “THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD#dreamsdocometrue @badgalriri @balmainparis#thankU #loveU #INspiration #Icon #beauty#FOREVER #Springsummer2014 #balmainiac. Front of the caméra you make me feel like you were the only girl in the world , you are more than an icon, you are my inspiration and an inpiration for an entiere generation. #loveU and #thankU“
Over the past few decades, there has been a lack of diversity on the runway. We all know that racism still takes place in the fashion world. I am so sick and tired of top designers overlooking models of color. Your race and ethnicity shouldn’t matter. If you’ve got the right talent, you should be given the opportunity to do the job. Even though people of color still have a long way to go in the fashion industry, I must admit that we’ve come a long way.
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Photos Credit: Rihanna’s Instagram | Balmain’s Instagram | Oliver Rousteing’s Instagram