traffic model

So I guess the Black girl is the fire emoji?  At this point, brands *have* to be doing this shit on purpose for any kind of publicity they can get.  So, don’t give Sports Illustrated any extra traffic.  The Black model is Leomie Anderson and she has a great interview about her brand (and blog) centering on female empowerment.  Send your traffic over in that direction instead.

Happy Birthday, Brandi Quiñones!

Brandi Quiñones (born January 25, 1977 in New York City, NY)  is an American model of Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban, and Sicilian origin.

Quiñones began her modeling career after having been recognized by a talent scout in 1992 at a mall in Florida, when she was just fifteen years old. Within a few days, she had returned to New York and signed a contract with the Next Modeling Agency. She began appearing in fashion shows in Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. A breakthrough in her career came in 1993 when she was sent to Europe. Within a few weeks of signed contracts, Quiñones was in Paris , London, Madrid and Barcelona, catching the eyes of designers who were very quick to recognize the potential of Brandi and began to invite her to their shows. Brandi began to walk the runway for the following labels: Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lolita Lepmickiej, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfield, among others. She also appeared many as four times on the cover of the Spanish edition of Elle Magazine and repeatedly graced the cover and posed for pictures of the American and French editions of Vogue Magazine. In 1997, her photo appeared in the Pirelli calendar. Brandi’s career started to dwindle after the late 90’s, reportedly due to a drug addiction. Quiñones had been arrested numerous times in the early 2000’s for cocaine possession, which lead to her absence from modeling. However, Brandi began to resurface in 2009, appearing on the runway at a show for Givenchy’s Fall 2009 line. As of 2014, Quiñones is rarely seen in the public eye, but still models under the Traffic Modeling Agency, located in Barcelona and Madrid in Spain.