Chantelle Brown-Young, better known as Winnie Harlow, has contributed what I would describe as a much-needed dimension to the debate on diversity within the modelling industry. The 19 year-old Canadian is one of the 14 contestants whose made it onto this summer’s round of America’s Next Top Model.
Chantelle Brown-Young was diagnosed at a young age with the rare skin condition Vitilago; a result of a malfunction of the immune system and affects less than 0.5 per cent of the population. In her video she speaks about the incessant ridicule as a child who was constantly and cruelly called ‘zebra’, ‘cow’ and all manner of other disparaging slurs.
She states that her drive as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, was primarily fuelled by the fact that modelling was a lifelong dream of hers; and secondly to prove that anyone can follow their dreams despite their flaws and setbacks.
Personally, I wouldn’t describe her condition as a flaw, I think she’s absolutely stunning and her skin condition doesn’t add or take away from that. I imagine that she expects to turn her unbearable and dehumanising past experiences into an opportunity to prove to herself that she can accomplish her dreams.
However, I predict that her presence on mainstream television, in addition to popular culture and the fashion industry will propel her from someone achieving their dreams, into someone whose set to make a unchangeable mark on an industry that’s prided itself on being ‘untouchable’, and an inspiration to an unmeasurable pool of people from all backgrounds.
Go girl, we’re cheering for you from this side of the water ;-)
Photography: Jo Duck
Fashion: Kate Reynolds
Hair and Makeup: Samantha Patrikopoulos
Model: Duckie @ IMG
La Nouvelle Allure: Model Yasmin Warsame for ELLE France /8 November 2013
Styling: Tamara Taichman
I recently met funky fresh, dressed to impress high fashion model, Markus Roberts Clarke; singed to the commercial and alternative model agency Spirit Models. Markus, a man after my own heart, took me through his look and love for vintage, print and retro brands.
What’s with your love for London?
I just love the fashion, adore the people and the fact that I don’t feel judged by my appearance, overall, it’s the acceptance I get here.
Pearl of the catwalk, Daphine Tony is one to watch for 2012. Signed to Elite Model Management and Fusion Models, Daphine has worked with some fantastic designers such as Marchesa, Catherine Malendrino, Bill Blass, Ashish, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Erdem, Peter Pilotto, but to name a few.
I was very proud to see the Ugandan beauty land a fantastic shoot of the cover of Arise, Africa’s first and foremost international style magazine.
If the aim was once again to confirm it as a model agency leading the way in valuing a less predictable kind of beauty, we have to say that this time too Ford Models has succeeded. The model agency has been known in the past for a range of initiatives focused on celebrating curvy beauty. It was the first agency to create a specialised plus size department, following this up with a book bringing together its most in-demand curvy models (Inga Eiriksdottir, McKenzie Raley, Leah Kelley, Alyona Osmanova and Michelle Olsen), all photographed by Taghi Naderzad.
It emphasises once again the intention of an important segment of the fashion world to look towards a more authentic and less standardised kind of beauty.
Read the full article by Veronica Bottasini on Vogue Italia: Vogue Black.
It was unfortunate I was unable to attend the Wayne Hemingway Vintage festival which came to the Southbank Centre in London, earlier this month. From all the reviews and great pictures, the festival brought style, crafts and some impressive dance moves to the capital. With stalls selling fashion, music and art from the 1920s onwards and a make-do-and-mend mentality, visitors browsed for bargains and wallowed in nostalgia. I would have loved to grab some vintage cat eye glasses…*sigh* maybe next year. Below are some pics courtesy of Guardian.co.uk.
Jamaica’s Style Week 2011 took place at Fort Charles in Kingston, hosting the best island designers who shared the catwalk with acclaimed international exports to create a multinational and colourful showcase of black style and homegrown talent.
Paris based Kevin O’Brian offered couture elements with dramatic, face obscuring headpieces, which accented dramatic light reflecting and lace gowns. Michael Kors outerwear designer Allan Virgo who offered asymmetrical skirts and maxi dresses in his signature patchwork patterns. T&T by Simone Gordon presented red carpet worthy options, including a one shoulder red mini and a watercolor splashed maxi frock.
Not to be overlooked were American designers Sammy B, Mataano, and LaQuan Smith , who triumphed due to their indelible skill. Mataano suggested 70’s safari separates in rompers and silken skirts; LaQuan dazzled with candy-coated dresses with flirty hems.
“The show had its share of hiccups: a few unfinished materials, and loose zippers. But the passion was more than apparent in the late night effort, and unquestionable prettiness abounded, both on the elevated runway and in the hopeful faces of Jamaican born beauties.”
Claire Sulmers for Vogue Italia
I just read this in the news today and I am interested in your thoughts regarding this story. Personally. The article made me question whether Naomi has over reacted or whether I am under-reacting. Anyways please let me know what you think, I am very eager to get some feedback on this!
This week super model Naomi Campbell has taken legal action over the advert for a Cadbury chocolate bar that featured the slogan “Move over Naomi, there is a new diva in town” (which I assume at this point enters a chocolate)
Naomi was quoted saying “It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. It is insulting and hurtful.” She continues that her reaction is associated with childhood playground insults which were associated with having a chocolate skin tone.
Naomi has said Cadbury’s remarks are clearly derogatory, out of date and in this case should not be dismissed lightly. However, it has also been questioned whether her reaction was the right move.
Back in 2007, Cadbury sparked a race row when it launched Trident chewing gum with a Caribbean man dashing about armed with a megaphone blasting out the catchphrase “mastication for the nation”.
Two years later it was accused of racial stereotyping with an advert featuring a giant hovering head that caused African villagers to dance about wildly. This also leads me to believe that Cadbury may intentionally stirring up controversy to elicit rows and gain column inches of free advertising, thus boosting awareness of the brand.
Guardian columnist Lester Holloway says:
“of course it remains important that activists try to draw a high line against casual racism in public life. I just wish Campbell could have seized the chance to put down, or laugh off, the Cadbury advert in a manner that displayed self-assurance. She could have lifted the debate by showing that she is bigger than any vacuous advertising team, and avoided framing the issue as a reaction to “what they are saying about us” as opposed to defining our own realities.”
#Stunning #classy #colour #sophistication
Janet Jackson attends amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, France