March 3, 2016 |
Ade Jaiye has modeled for nearly a decade. However, it wasn't until last year that Jaiye, lauded for her ebony skin and close-cropped natural hair, was cast in shows where she didn't feel like the "exotic" one. "My look is more accepted in this industry as a whole," said Jaiye of Old City, who regularly models jewelry, cosmetics, and apparel for QVC in West Chester. Jaiye also is the go-to model for the Joan Shepp brand, and in February, Jaiye modeled in the New York Fashion Week runway presentation of celebrity stylist and designer Kithe Brewster.
January 30, 2014 |
The latest issues of our favorite women's magazines are filled with high-fashion ads featuring beautiful - dare I say, aspirational - African American women. Rihanna, dressed in funky, oversized pink herringbone checks by designer Olivier Rousteing, is the face of Balmain's spring 2014 campaign. Riccardo Tisci selected not one but two chocolate-toned ladies - neo-soul singer Erykah Badu and runway newcomer Riley - to model his Japanese silhouettes and African-inspired prints for Givenchy.
May 18, 2011 |
Why would a reputable website like Psychology Today post evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa's unfounded study, provocatively titled "Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women"? Was it simply "driving web traffic" psychology? It couldn't have been the soundness of the study, which basically asked random people to rate the attractiveness of other random people on a scale of 1 to 5. Was the subsequent conclusion - that black men are actually considered the most attractive - proof that Kanazawa, known for his controversial and questionable scientific conclusions, is not a racist?
February 9, 2011 |
There was a time when most African American women didn't know who Yves St. Laurent was, let alone believe they could ever own a crisp YSL pantsuit. But that was before Eunice W. Johnson. Johnson, who died a little more than a year ago, spent more than 50 years introducing all things fashionable, fabulous, and fly to brown-skinned belles, first with her husband, John, by founding Ebony and Jet magazines, and then through her runway show, the Ebony Fashion Fair. Billed as the world's largest traveling fashion show - in its heyday the extravaganza stopped in 170 cities - the show featured more than 200 over-the-top, colorful and avant-garde looks worn by black models at a time when African Americans were still banned from basic privileges like trying on department-store clothes.
March 4, 2010 |
IF YOU WERE going to march in a Black History Month parade at your grade school, there are hundreds of famous figures whose pictures you could proudly carry. Nelson Mandela, for instance, or Sidney Poitier, Marian Anderson, Jackie Robinson or Rosa Parks. Muhammad Ali. Halle Berry. Thurgood Marshall. Condoleezza Rice. Meadowlark Lemon. Harriet Tubman. Denzel Washington. Kenny Gamble or Leon Huff. Some fellow named Barack Obama could be a good choice. But three teachers at L.A.'s Wadsworth Elementary School have been suspended for the pictures they handed out to children for their parade: O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul.
September 14, 2008 |
With freshly blushed cheeks and smoothed-back tresses, 19-year-old Sessilee Lopez walked to the clothing racks backstage at the Anna Sui fashion show, curious about which Spring 2009 looks the designer planned to send her out in. To her surprise, not only was she to be featured in three teeny, tiny Mexican-art-inspired ensembles, but she also would be the second to walk Sui's runway, behind supermodel Agyness Deyn. "Uh, yeah! This is a big deal," said the West Philadelphia-born Lopez, taking little jumps of joy. Sui is known throughout the industry for using the hot models of the moment to open and close her New York Fashion Week presentations.
February 11, 2008 |
Designers Marc Jacobs and Sean "Diddy" Combs ended the New York Fashion Week hoopla with major statements. Jacobs, who is known industry-wide for his two-hour delays, started his show on time. And all of Combs' models were black to underscore a point. Celebrity-packed audiences viewed both these buzz-heavy shows at venues away from the Bryant Park tents. Arrivals at the Friday night shows included Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, Kevin Federline and Ellen Pompeo. The Sean John collection offered Combs' return to Fashion Week after a five-year hiatus.
January 9, 2005 |
Ash - flaky skin that looks like chipped, white paint spread on elbows and knees and smattered in the creases of fingers and toes. These areas have a tendency to be dry on everyone, especially during the cold winter months. But on black people, ash is a bigger aesthetic nuisance. Unchecked, it elicits taunts from school-aged children - "Why you look like you been kickin' flour?" - and admonishment from mothers everywhere. "Girl, get in this house right now and put some lotion on those ashy legs of yours.
April 23, 2000 |
As a teacher in Philadelphia schools, Bill Smith sees the struggle with black youth. "It's all over the country, the kids' behavior, the way they are acting," he said. Smith was among about 100 men and a handful of women yesterday who attended the African American Male Empowerment Summit held at Temple University to address the lives of blacks through mentoring, relationship building and economic opportunities. Smith, 54, attended the conference to learn more about how to be a better mentor to his students at West Philadelphia High School.
September 24, 1999 |
Big tobacco hasn't violated federal anti-discrimination laws by saturating the African-American community with ads promoting menthol cigarettes, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled yesterday. Laws banning racial discrimination don't prohibit such advertising, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova ruled. A local minister and others claimed that such "intensive" advertising adversely affects blacks, "who are dying at greater rates" than whites because of smoking menthol products.