2013, walking the runway at DVF for NY Fashion Week. At the same time, she, Iman, and Bethann Hardison were calling out some major designers for using only white models to present their collections. The issue has been raised before, but this was the first time specific labels have been highlighted, including: Calvin Klein, Armani & Donna Karan

Basic Facts about the people who died in the Columbine Massacre (Part 1 / 15)

Rachel Joy Scott

•Date of Birth: August 5th 1981 •Birth place: Denver, Colorado •Date of Death: April 20th 1999 (17 years old) •Death Place: Littleton, Colorado •Burial: Columbine Memorial Gardens •Year of High School: Junior Year (11th grade) •Parents: Darell Scott and Beth Nimmo •Sisters: Bethanne and Dana •Brothers: Craig and Mike •Elementary School: Dutch Creek •Middle School: Ken Caryl •High School: Columbine •Clubs: Forensic and Drama •Religion: Christian (Feel free to add any other facts)

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Iman and Bethann Hardison, montage.

Left picture by Torkil Gudnason, 2001. Right side by Ruven Afanador, 2000.

When Iman first got to America in 1975, the media tried to insinuate a “fight” between her and the “other” black supermodel at the time, Bethann Hardison. Hardison had been the first black woman to get on the cover of Vogue. But instead of fighting for the one place the media was willing to give to black models, Iman and Bethann united forces to fight for more representation - and eventually became close friends, with Bethann being Iman’s maid of honor at her wedding in 1992.

Soft Iman & David things: zodiac edition
  • Aries: how in the years post 2004 Iman was pretty much the only person who could convince or be the reason for David to endure public events and this cute ass quote "Having seen Iman in so many public situations now I feel for her every second. She is usually petrified, but so well has she learnt to 'cope' that one would never know." (David)
  • Taurus: the way they smile and look at each other and are silly during events
  • Gemini: "I was a dumb guy for many years but I'm only stupid now. I love you." (David's writing to Iman)
  • Cancer: the fact that they were both around 40 when they met and David was divorced once and Iman twice and idk about you but that’s really cute?
  • Leo: How Iman got pregnant with the cutest womb nugget ever and it was almost a miracle because not even multiple IVF had worked
  • Virgo: "He has managed, somehow I don’t know, miraculously, to have my heart flutter when he walks into the room still. So, yes he’s definitely the one, he’s definitely my one." (Iman)
  • Libra: "the wonderful realisation that I have found my soul mate, with whom sexual compatibility is just the tip of the iceberg. We have so much in common, and are totally alike in a lot of things" (Iman)
  • Scorpio: The story of Iman came back to LA when they just had started dating and she came into the airport and saw a bunch of paparazzi swarming around one person and it was David, holding flowers and not giving a damn
  • Sagittarius: David finding Iman "intolerably sexy" and on other occasions describing the quality he’d admired most in her as: "There’s not a thing about her I don’t love… she’s loving, she’s sensitive… she’s sexy as hell"
  • Capricorn: How he got her flowers on every 14th because it was the day they met "(and when It does slip my mind I feel such a pang of disloyalty that I certainly dont miss it the next)"
  • Aquarius: Iman's tattoos with the Bowie-knife with "Bowie" on the handle on her ankle + David in Arabic around her navel
  • Pisces: How Bethann Hardison said that Iman had told her, that if David suddenly would get behind her and tell her to let herself fall, she wouldn’t think twice about it and just do it

Luna in 1973.

Donyale Luna

Donyale Luna became the first black supermodel nearly 50 years ago.

At the height of her career, the New York Times called Luna “a stunning Negro model whose face had the hauteur and feline grace of Nefertiti.” The designer Stephen Burrows recalled that “she was just one of those extraordinary girls.” And in 1966, when Beatrix Miller, the editor of British Vogue,chose her as the first-ever black model for that magazine’s cover, it was because of “her bite and personality.” Bethann Hardison, another ascendant model, remembers that “no one looked like her. She was like a really extraordinary species.” Soon, Luna became one of the first black models to attain superstar status in Europe, photographed by the legendary photographer David Bailey, famed for his images of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

David McCabe, known for photographing celebrities like Twiggy and Andy Warhol, recognized that Luna had something special the first time he saw her in 1963. “I was on a photo assignment in Detroit, photographing Ford cars [and] there was a school nearby,” he recalled. “I was struck by this almost 6-foot-tall beautiful girl – around 14-years-old at the time – wearing her Catholic uniform. She stopped to see what was going on.” He told her that he was a photographer for magazines like Mademoiselle and Glamour and that, if she was ever in New York, she should call him. In 1964, he got that call, and sent the ensuing photos to various agencies. “I also called Richard Avedon,” he remembers. “I said you’ve got to see this girl. She’s just unbelievable.” Soon Avedon began photographing her, too, eventually signing her to a one year contract.

Today In History We Honor Bethann Hardison

‘In the 1960s, Bethann Hardison worked as a garment industry salesgirl. In the 1970s, she was an international runway model and assistant to some of the most important designers of the decade. In 1984, Bethann founded her own agency and became responsible for scouting, launching and managing some of the most famous models of our time, notably Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb and Tyson Beckford. In 1987, Bethann became an activist outright, founding the Black Girls Coalition with her close friend Iman. Bethann Hardison is a force to be reckoned with. Shedding light to the lack of diversity on the runways in recent years in her new documentary project, Invisible Beauty, Bethann Hardison additionally served as a contributing editor to the now infamous Vogue Italia, “black” issue.’ via bethannhardisonfb

(photo: Bethann Hardison)

- CARTER Magazine


New York Fashion Week F/W 2016. 

I was in the YEEZY Season 3 show, worked with Bethann Hardison to bring diversity awareness in the industry, was a fashion journalist for Addy Media, met Zac Posen,  interviewed Miss Universe. Selita Ebanks, Karrueche, Miss Jay and more, and most of all I made an effort to make Black Models Matter. from the look of the runways it has definitely improved from last season , but we will see when the Diversity Report comes out because  the numbers don’t lie. I am absolutely honored to have received all of the support, comments, emails, Race is such a touchy subject, in fashion no one even wants to speak about it. Im glad to speak for us, even if that means scribbling on a handbag. 

Thank You

Ashley B. Chew (@ash_chew)