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Rewind, 2008: Plus-Size Model Toccara Jones and Vogue Italia’s ‘All-Black Issue’

November 5, 2015

by Eric Darnell Pritchard

“I wanted to say something about weight, and I’m never allowed to do that,” said legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel, as quoted in a June 2008 story by New York Times by fashion critic Cathy Horyn. “I met Toccara and thought, she’s beautiful. What’s the deal with her? She’s great and she’s sexy.”

Meisel was speaking on photographing plus-size model Toccara Jones, for what is now remembers as an epic moment in recent fashion history. In August of 2008, Vogue Italia published a special issue of the magazine in which they only used Black models in its editorial pages. The magazine cover featured model Liya Kebede on a fold-out cover, with models Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell on three additional covers unfurling like an accordion from Kebede’s. In addition to Campbell, many other legendary Black models including Iman, Tyra Banks, and Veronica Webb were featured, alongside a number of emerging model talents of the time.

The issue, conceived by Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, featured over 100 pages of editorial content shot by Meisel. In press reports Sozzani stated that the inspiration for the issue was then Senator Barack Obama, with the internationally adored Michelle Obama with him, winning the Democratic Party nomination for President, but also, and Meisel conquered, the lack of diversity in fashion on the runway, in advertisements, editorial spreads and throughout the fashion industry.

While the focus of most press coverage on the issue was initially about the fact that the magazine would be using all Black models, and lots of speculation on what models would be featured in such an iconic issue, once information on what  much of the contents of the issue was previewed the clear stunner to shut down the entire issue was model Toccara Jones. Jones, a former contestant and fan-favorite on Tyra Banks’ popular reality competition show “America’s Next Top Model,” was photographed by Meisel in a sexy, luxurious, fantasy ride of an editorial in a fashion story in which the model is depicted wearing almost nothing but a variety of fur coats. The representational and historical significance of featuring Jones is that she was a plus-sized model, so while the media frenzy that the issue was featuring Black models was fully on, here comes Jones in the issue killin’ it for Black girls and curry girls everywhere. But don’t take my word for it, here is your trip down memory lane below, but first, a shout-out to Toccara Jones! YOU DID THAT!

 

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Beauty, Music, News, Pop Culture, WERK!

On No Make-Up Adele

November 4, 2015

by Eric Darnell Pritchard

Adele Adkins insists upon coming to collect the very few edges we have left. Last week she did an old school, Harry Potter “avradacadavra” curse on our ENTIRE life, first with an open letter apologizing for being away from us so long:

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Around the same time she appeared as the latest cover model for i-D Magazine which I posted about here, serving us the cat eye of life, and I was ALREADY ready for her to leave me alone, leave her album at my doorstep, and just go away.  She’s too damn amazing. I can’t take it anymore. But of course, whereas normal people know to go have a seat when they slay the entire Universe in just a matter of days, Adele is like NAH! let me revive them JUST so I can kill them again. And so within days of saying I am sorry I won that Oscar and disappeared on ya’ll, she shows up on our iTunes like “Hello”  ?

 

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So, yesterday when I heard she was on the cover of Rolling Stone I was like, nope not looking. She will not do this to me again. Why is she in my mind this much and it hasn’t even been a full two weeks since that damn open letter? Do I need to charge her rent for living up in my head and my heart in this way? Not looking. Not ON TODAY. Welp, I looked anyway and while I do not regret it, my soul does. Because no make-up Adele is just as (if not even more) gorgeous than make-up Adele. Here are the receipts:

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Now can we all go back to our business. Of course not. We have a magazine cover to obsess over the rest of the week? Thanks, Adele. Ugh. *Wall slides*

 

Beauty, Fashion, News, WERK!

Adele Returns, and on latest i-D Magazine

October 28, 2015

She’s baaaa-aaack! And on the cover of the latest issue of i-D Magazine. The photo is, of course gorgeous. My only wish – and this is not a critique of i-D because they generally do mostly feature only head shots of their cover subjects (see a previous post I did about their gorgeous Rihanna cover) – is that fashion magazines in general would stop only photographing ‪#Adele‬ in head shots and show her wonderful, voluptuous, full figure. I think this would set an important precedent for featuring plus size women on fashion magazines in general, and hopefully more often. Not doing so sends a bad message about body type, beauty and plus size women, and that’s not a message anyone should want to send. ‪

Beauty, Fashion, News, WERK!

Jessica Chastain covers November W Magazine!

October 28, 2015

Loving Jessica Chastain’s complete style transformation on the cover of the November W Magazine styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Steven Klein. The ‪‎fashion editorial‬ inside the magazine is equally stunning and appropriately titled “Transformer,” as clearly evidenced in the beauty look Chastain wears on the cover and in the editorial. I literally had to look multiple times and then check the name on the cover to even recognize her. Fabulous!

Fashion, History

Helen Gurley Brown : The Original Carrie Bradshaw of SATC

October 17, 2015

Vintage photo of Helen Gurley Brown, legendary former editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. I always think of her as the original Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and The City” (SATC) because of her brazen independence, working woman chic, her writerly wit, and for all she did in and through Cosmo to talk about women’s sex and sexuality in a positive light that put women’s own needs and desires first. She was simultaneously a woman both of her time and ahead of her time.

Fashion, News, News, Pop Culture

Harper’s Bazaar ‘Icons’

October 17, 2015

Oprah posed as Glinda the Good Witch from “The Wizard of Oz” in the latest ‘Icons’ issue of Harper’s Bazaar and styled by the legendary Carine Roitfeld, and photographed by Jean-Paul Goude. Divine, like Glinda!

The issue featured a number of other celebrities posed as icons, including Katy Perry as Elizabeth Taylor as styled in an Andy Warhol portrait, Rose Huntington-Whiteley as Diana Vreeland, Jessica Chastain as a very elegantly dressed Joan of Arc, and one of my favorites, Willow Smith as the Hindu Goddess Kali!

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News, Pop Culture, Television

Unbothered Elegance: Taraji P Henson Covers W Magazine

October 17, 2015

Reigning queen of prime time Taraji P Henson is slaying as the cover model for W Magazine ‘Pop Issue.’ The simplicity of a white top and blue jeans, and her gorgeous face with signature smoky eye, rules this entire situation! And I live! And if you think this is gorgeous, check out the issue and  other photos (such as the one below) in the entire editorial styled by the masterful Edward Enninful.

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History, News, WERK!

Article on “Visual Genius” Bunny Mellon in ‘Town & Country’

April 23, 2015

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Read fabulous Town & Country article about the late socialite, philanthropist and “visual genius” Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, pictured here with her dear friend Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The article was penned by Mellon’s biographer Meryl Gordon and is filled with delicious #fashion and style details, such as the fact that Mrs. Mellon ordered her entire wardrobe “from evening gowns to specially commissioned gardening clothes” (couture gardening attire?!?!) from Givenchy himself, to photos of her custom Dior handbags with a gold Jean Schlumberger designed clasp and other hardware including her initials in a floral design under the bag’s flap. I nearly salivated reading the article the way a foodie reads Bon Appetite.