Thankfully, the days of one or two Black models being the fashion industry’s It girls are gone. There are a growing number of marquee names walking down the runways: Adut Akech, Duckie Thot, Precious Lee, and many others. Sadly, this was not always the case. How did the Black model finally get embraced, and celebrated, by fashion brands and publications?
A YouTube Originals docuseries from Vogue and The Machine, a production company founded and led by The September Issue director R.J. Cutler, tracks the cultural history of the Black model in fashion. As journalist and author Marcellas Reynolds poignantly explains it, “The history of the Black model—specific to fashion—is actually the history of the Black person in the United States.”
The six-part series is an adaptation of Reynolds’s best-selling book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, which celebrates these figures through essays, interviews, and photos. The series is rich with personal conversations and testimonials from enduring trailblazers like Iman, Bethann Hardison, Pat Cleveland, Joan Smalls, and more. Fashion-industry icons and talent also make appearances, including Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Zendaya, Olivier Rousteing, and Zac Posen.
For more go to vogue.com.