The narrative of ‘black is beautiful’ is a global discourse which is always topical when there is a spotlight on black people and their melano-secreted skin. This in recent times has had a paradigm shift from being shameful of the dark skin to brewing so much confidence and pride in what the skin tones.
The beauty of being black can’t be well complemented if its brightness, elegance, and uniqueness has not been grandly ostentatious on the runway. The sight of being black is fascinating, but cladded with a tapestry of clothing which lenses African culture and beauty is an awesomeness on its own.
However, there has been several individuals who are graciously modeling the beauty of being black and fashion-savvy in all sense of timely vogue and brilliance. These persons have been able to defile odds and smash ceilings of becoming a strong reckoning force in the world of fashion as lustrous models.
1. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Elaine Campbell is a British supermodel who has dominated the modeling sphere of her career for a long time. Little wonder that she earned the distinguished reverence by the fashion industry as one of the six supermodels to have taken up modeling in her time.
Born in 1970, Naomi started modeling at the very age of 15, and she has since gone to carve out a distinct niche of majestic poise for herself on the runway.
Confronted with strings of racial discrimination, her tenacity for success was resolute as she went on to become the first black girl to cover British Vogue in 1987 since 1966 of its publishing. Naomi’s record breaking didn’t stop as she also became the first black model to cover the French Vogue, the feat she achieved in 1988. She has since featured in several magazine covers globally.
The 50-year-old beauty queen has been the face and model of several fashion brands like Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and many big fashion brands.
2. Halima Aden
Dreams are achieved when goals are well set and excellence is attained when extraordinary exploit is set in motion. The narrative is valid for this Somali-American fashion model who is changing the stereotype of being a conventional model. Halima Aden is indeed poising her temerity towards changing the conformed standard of being a successful model.
Born in 1997, Halima broke the long standing ritual of modeling as she became the first woman to wear a hijab at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant to the amazement of people. The Somali has gone out to trade-marked this niche for herself, as she was also the first model to wear hijab and burkini to cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Garnering lots of recognition on global scale, the 23-year-old fashion model has walked for brands like Alberta Ferretti. Interestingly, she was the first model with hijab to cover British Vogue, Allure, and Vogue Arabia.
Halima was a participant at the 2016 Milan Fashion Week (Italy) and London Fashion Week (United Kingdom).
3. Adut Akech
The beauty is black and the pride is golden. With a stream of fashionistas constituting the melanin dripping community, the runway is continuously going dark. Adut Akech Bior is a South Sudanese-Australian model who has imprinted her name in the world of fashion as a model.
Born in 1999, Adut has with over five (5) years of experience walked graciously on the runway. Having shot numerous editorials for different international prints like British Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Australia, and others, Adut won the “Model of the Year” by models.com consecutively in 2018 and 2019.
The 21-year-old black beauty has widely garnered recognition for her poise and uniqueness as a model. In 2019, Adut won the ‘Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Awards which held in London.
4. Remi Alade-Chester
Remi Alade-Chester is a Nigerian-born top rated black fashion model. Largely endorsed by world class fashion agencies, Remi is indeed a beauty to behold on the runway with his well built physique. However, it was gathered that the 31-year-old black fashion model has had stints with fashion enthusiasts like Victor Glemaud and John Bartlett. As a quintessence of black beauty and boldness, Remi has modeled for brands like Givenchy, Equinox, and Levi.
Fashion is a wide purview of endeavor that doesn’t go out of trend. It is a sensitive phenomenal which stretches spatiotemporally (space and time). Today, delving or having stints in fashion field is as good as having a gold mine with several areas to tap in.
Fashion is a lucrative endeavor no doubt, because the ship of creative advent is continuously sailing with people trying to catch up with the wealth stemming from it. However, as Africa is inferred as the root of global civilization since time immemorial, fashion across all facets is a trendy discourse, both as lifestyle or enterprise.