Saturday, May 9, 2015

Clear Depth of Field - Riley Montana, Binx Walton, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, & Liya Kebede

The fickle world of modelling allows for limited long-term career prospects for models beyond their second or third consecutive show seasons. The odds are stacked even more heavily against models of colour with designers allocating a small window of opportunity to Asian, Latina, and black models. During the recent Fall/Winter 2015 collections, and industry icon Bethann Hardison teamed up to cast the spotlight on the issue of diversity in modelling with IMG Models Worldwide, Ford Models, Wilhelmina, and New York Model Management showcasing of their roster of ethnically diverse beauties. The knock on effect seemed evident at the Fall/Winter 2015 collections with a magnificent array of multi-hued newcomers including Amilna Estevao, Bhumika Arora, Aamita Lagum, Yuan Bo Chao, Aya Jones, Dylan Xue, Muna Mahamed, Tiana Tostoi, Issa Lish, Damaris Goddrie, and Lineisy Montero commanding the fashion stage. In recent months Vogue Italia, Numéro France, Paris Vogue, L'Officiel Singapore, British Vogue, Garage, and Spanish Vogue have allocated key cover spots to black models signalling a definitive embrace of colour by fashion editors and casting directors. With the likes of Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Riley Montana, Malaika Firth, Kayla Scott, Binx Walton, Aya Jones, and Joan Smalls exuding star quality on the covers of publications with the most blue chip prestige, the depth of field of ethnic models at the elite level has never been so patently clear.

Riley Montana
L'Officiel Singapore - April 2015
Photographer - Stefan Khoo
Casting Director - Neill Seeto
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Binx Walton
Spanish Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Nico Bustos
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Liya Kebede
Paris Vogue - May 2015
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
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Malaika Firth
Elle France - March 2015
Photographer - Jean Baptiste Mondino
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Jordan Dunn
British Vogue - February 2015
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
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Aya Jones
French Numéro - May 2015
Photographer - Daniel Sannwald
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Kayla Scott
Vogue Italia - May 2015
Photographer - Steven Meisel
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Joan Smalls
Garage - S/S 2015
Photographer - Phil Poynter
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