22 Of The Latest Black Models

Jasmine Tookes - America

Elle France, US Vogue April 2013, Intermission Winter 2012, Vogue Italia January 2013, V Magazine Spring 2013

A very innocent crush on model, Jasmine Tookes took me on a quest of the relevance of self love. Our society is often inundated with the fashion industry dictating what's popular, even when it comes to skin tones. Even dolls like us stocked on store shelves, pictures of black models in magazines and fashion runways, or lack thereof, prompt me to rely on myself for I am not some figment of someone's imagination but 'I (we) very much exist!'  

This '22 Of The Latest Black Models' post became not just a mere reminder that we do exist but a testament that BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! Span the globe, our beauty is varied, sultry and striking.

A realization to envelop being effervescent, like this quote states, "Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway!" It means stepping up for the show (even if that may that be life!). Putting your best foot forward. A reminder to be light hearted and playful. A kismet to shed insecurities and portray our black is beautiful.

Most importantly, working on this post makes me aware of and encourages me to support the companies who see our dynamic black beauty.

Cora Emmanuel - Martinique

ELLE France April 2013, M Le Monde April 2013, Harper’s Bazaar UK, February 2013, ALLURE May 2013, W May 2013

Melodie Monrose – Martinique

Nasty Gal Summer 2013, Elle April 2013

Stella Vaudran - Martinique

Girlys October 2012, Institue Septemer 2012, Suitcase Mag

Jeneil Williams - Jamaica

Jimmy Choo Cruise 2013, V Magazine Spring/Summer 2013

Tscheca White - Jamaica

Joan Smalls - Puerto Rico 

Vogue Brazil Jan 2013, Vogue Russia April 2013, Vogue Paris April 2013, Vogue US 2013, Versace Spring Summer 2013

Marihenny Rivera Pasible – Dominican Republic

Teen Vogue May 2012, 2013, Anna Sui Fall 2013, Oyster Mag

Arlenis Sosa - Dominican Republic

Desigual Summer 2012, Harper's Bazaar Spain March 2011, Elements Mag March 2013, Deutsch #43, Arise #13

Lais Ribeiro - Brazil

Vogue Brazil November 2012 and January 2013, Harper's Bazaar Brazil January 2013, L'Officiel Netherlands February 2013

Maria Borges  – Angola

Georgie Badiel – Burkina Faso

Essence Magazine, Fault Summer 2011, Arise #13

Nykhor Paul – Sudan

Mara Hoffman Spring 2012, Bullett Magazine

Ajak Deng - Sudan

French Revue Spring Summer 2013, Arise #11, Flaunt Magazine, Obsession Magazine, Marie Claire South Africa December 2012

Oluchi Onweagba - Nigeria    

Duro Olowu, Lancome, Sports Illustrated 

Sessilee Lopez - America

Hunger SS 2013, Cosmo February 2013, Dress to Kill January 2013, FGR

Chanel Iman - America

Allure 2013, Galore Spring 2013, Hunger Spring Summer 2013

Grace Mahary  -  Canada

Elle Canada May 2013, Fashion February 2013, New Mag

Jourdan Dunn - England

Aldo Spring Summer 2013, Antidote Spring Summer 2013, Rihanna for River Island, Vogue Spain February 2013

Anais Mali - France

Vogue Paris November 2012, Numero April 2013, W Korea March 2012, Vogue Paris 2012, Gap

Sharam Diniz - Angola/Portugal

Vogue Portugal May 2013, GQ Portugal April 2013, 7 for All Mankind SS 2013, H&M SS 2013 Swimwear

Melanie Engel

Glamour Italia April 2013

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