"Free your mind and your ass will follow, be colorblind - don't be so shallow..." En Vogue - Free Your Mind
It has been hectic beyond words, since I am in the midst of packing and getting ready for my departure in a few days. Back to Brooklyn y'all!! So hopefully I will be inspired enough to write a Monday Madness next week. Who knows - but I will not promise anything. However, I do guarantee that my writing will not be as sporadic as I have been all summer.
Being that I am a fashionista at heart and with Fashion Week here, I have been reading up on all the articles and sites catching up on shows and such in NYC. I came across an article about the lack of minorities in this year's extravaganza. It's not surprising at all to read, but still very disconcerting. I did an entry awhile back on Italian Vogue's all black issue , an issue that was groundbreaking, sexy and well overdue. However, we would like to "think" and "hope" that with Italian Vogue's lead, everyone in the fashion world would take heed and follow suit. However, that is obviously a bit too much to ask. While reading the article, I did realize that it goes both ways. On one side, designers were saying that some of the "black" models were not that good, therefore leaving the minority pool even smaller than it is already. Where are all the fabulous black women at? Or is the dream of becoming a model not as prominent as it was back in the day? Yet on the other side, there are designers who do not even have a minority in their show at all (not one black, asian or latino). Designers, I do not have anything nice to say on that front at all. And I am sure, nasty words are not needed to relay our dismay.
So what does that say about the fashion world exactly? Besides the fact that it is a fickle industry, riding on the ever changing waves of couture - it is sad to see that minorities are still fighting to get on the catwalk and sashay chantay their asses down the way. I love fashion and will continue to support those who I feel are making some sort of contribution by using minorities - and I do not just mean black models. Hopefully there will be more Iman's, Tyra's, Roshumba's and Beverely's yet to come. Or are we, the Black Supermodel, nothing more than a passing thing? Marinate on that for a bit and let me know what you think...
Oh and you can read the article here.
Flashback of the day: Well I figured that since En Vogue were the divas of fashion and will always be in vogue, it is only right to use the song from where my quote derived...
Have a good week y'all. I will hopefully be back in Brooklyn next entry!