Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hey all, I just wanted to let you know that as of today I will no longer be updating this blog.

I've had a lot of fun doing it for the past two years but lately (with a new kid in tow) I just haven't had the time to spend on it that I used to.

I'm really grateful for all the comments and feedback I've received here. Y'all are really swell :)

ETA: My long neglected Twitter which I will try to update more often:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ELLE Magazine: Amber Rose

I wish these were styled by someone other than Kanye. Maybe a regular stylist wouldn't have been so booty centric. I do love the jeweled hood shot however.

Model Rose Cordero Rocks a Natural for DVF

Friday, September 11, 2009

True Blood in the Fridge...Weekend is Set.

I am so obsessed with this show that I don't know what I'm going to do with myself once the season ends.

Pretty and Pregnant Jourdan Dunn

s: Vogue UK website

Wearing Dolce & Gabbana Resort Collection at a Topshop event in London. What is she? Seven months along by now? Her face has filled in beautifully.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

US Harper's Bazaar October/09 - Janet Jackson by Tom Munro

Newsstand and subscriber covers. Read the full article here.

Does she have another comeback CD coming out? I definitely didn't expect to see her on a cover this fall. The full face cover looks like just about every picture I've ever seen of Janet and I'm not really feeling the dress on the b&w cover. Which do you prefer?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

9/09 Vogue: Beverly Johnson Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

In the new issue of Vogue, former top model Beverly Johnson recounts her experience as American Vogue's first black covergirl.

i-D September 2009 : Arlenis, Chanel, Jourdan, Sessilee by Emma Summerton

s: TFS

I love this cover and wonder if this was the shoot Chanel Iman twittered about awhile back. They look like Robert Palmer girls sans instruments.

What struck me about the image at first was that their skin wasn't bleached out with lighting effects. I think the bright makeup and background color are all the contrast that was needed.

What say you?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Where Did All My Free Time Go?

As of last Friday, I have a new employer and it turns out that he hates when I'm on the computer instead of paying attention to him. We're both healthy and happy and doing well at home :)

There probably won't be much activity on the blog until we are settled into a new routine. In the meantime, I invite you to read the blogs linked on the right hand side of this page. Thanks for reading!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Harper's Bazaar - 9/09 - Naomi Photographed by Jean-Paul Goude

Fresh off the heels of the commentary surrounding the Jean-Paul Goude homage (featuring Amber Rose) in Complex magazine comes this editorial by the photographer himself in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. Goude makes no bones about his very narrow view of black women and "jungle fever" so I guess a spread featuring Naomi dressed in skins, jump roping with monkeys and running with a cheetah isn't exactly a surprise but it sure is disappointing.

Monday, August 3, 2009

RIP Naomi Sims (March 30, 1949 - August 1, 2009)

Naomi Sims, arguably the first black "supermodel" and businesswoman passed away from cancer on Saturday at her home in New Jersey. If ever there was a self-made woman, Naomi was it. She overcame a difficult childhood which included the divorce of her parents, an absentee father, and several stints in foster care to become on of the most recognizable black women in the 1960s and 70s. Undeterred by agencies and designers that refused to hire the beauty, she forced down doors in the fashion industry. She sent photos of herself to dozens and dozens of ad agencies and created demand for herself. After she gave up modeling, she had a successful career producing a line of wigs, writing books, and even launching her own skincare line (which was incidentally, the first that I ever purchased from Nordstroms right before I left home for college.) She is survived by her son.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Vintage W Magazine Spread: Spring Break

Before it became just another "celebrity in pretty clothes" monthly, W Magazine used to feature some amazing editorial work. This one was shot by Bruce Weber and features the once in demand Gerren Taylor and a model I haven't seen a lot of lately, Jaunel McKenzie. Enjoy! Thank you Rubydon for unearthing these photos :) This has got to be one of my all-time favorites!

Editorial: Spring Break
Magazine: W Magazine April 2004
Models: Jaunel McKenzie, Jessica White, Gerren Taylor, Payton Champage, Natassia Schmeidt, Victoria Brito

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Models With Natural Hair: Fayruz Abdiaman

I just love her haircut. I think this particular shape is so versatile. Fayruz is signed with Sutherland Models in Toronto.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jourdan Dunn - Mom to Be broke the news on their site with an article filled with suggestions on what the 19 year old supermodel in the making should wear in the coming months. Dunn is reportedly due to have a son in December which means that we probably won't see much of her during Fashion Week this fall.

Reaction to Dunn's pregnancy seemed overly judgmental on message boards this morning with some people expressing "disappointment" that the teenager (who is also a legal adult with a steady income) is pregnant.

For the record, lots of models start families very young. I hope that after the birth of her son Jourdan's career will continue to flourish, like supermodel Natalia Vodianova, who also gave birth to a child at age 19 with much less finger wagging.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Solange Does The Big Chop

I don't generally pay much attention to Beyonce's little sister but I have to admit I was a little surprised to see this photo of her sporting a TWA (teeny weenie afro) this morning. The girl may not have the chops, looks, or appeal of her older sibling but she's definitely proved that she's gutsy for stepping out of the shadow of Bey's lace-front and letting the sun shine down on those follicles.


Anytime I see a picture of a woman with super short natural hair like this I miss the days when I sported the style. I can still remember how good it felt the first time I took a shower with my new 'do and felt that warm water pouring over my scalp.

Now if only Solange could record some music to match the fierceness of her new look...

Jada Pinkett Smith on the Cover of SHAPE

A bit much on the Photoshop don't you think? Jada has a nice figure already, I don't know why the editors felt the need to do this. The water looks computerized, her skin doesn't even look real and the head looks like it came from another photograph.

s:Brown Sista blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2008 Worst Selling Women's Magazines: Not a Black Face in the Bunch

Best-Selling Cover: Keira Knightley (559,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Rachel Weisz (276,000 copies). Gwyneth Paltrow was a close second with 310-350,000 copies.

Vanity Fair
Best-Selling Cover: Angelina Jolie (504,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Katherine Heigl (314,000 copies)

Best-Selling Cover: Victoria Beckham (413,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Covers: Carrie Underwood (253,000 copies)

Best-Selling Cover: Jessica Simpson (775,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Nicole Kidman (460,000 copies)

Best-Selling Cover: Scarlett Johansson (2 million copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Jessica Simpson (1.5 million copies)

Best-Selling Cover: Angelina Jolie (78,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Hilary Swank (27,000 copies)

Best-Selling Cover: Eva Longoria-Parker (889,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Anne Hathaway (585,000 copies)

Marie Claire
Best-Selling Cover: Women of “Sex and the City” (440,948 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Jennifer Connelly (191,000 copies)

Harper’s Bazaar
Best-Selling Cover: Lindsay Lohan (213,000 copies)
Worst-Selling Cover: Drew Barrymore (120,000 copies)

*Blackfolk Appearing on Above Magazines in 2008

Vogue 4/08 Gisele/LeBron James

Bazaar 9/08 Tyra Banks

ELLE 6/2008 Rihanna

Cosmo 3/2008 Rihanna

IN Style 8/08 Rihanna

IN Style 2/08 Halle

IN Style 11/08 Beyonce

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

8/09 US Vogue - Worth a Look

Vogue's annual age issue, like the shape issue can be pretty hit or miss. This year's issue features a cover story on supermodel Christy Turlington which I still haven't gotten around to reading yet. The rest of the issue is filled with the typical Vogue editorials, beauty articles and profiles. Nothing to get too excited about but there are a few high points that make the issue worthwhile.

#1 Liya Kebede

She only gets a one photo and three paragraphs but the copy mentions her children's clothing line and her charitable work with the WHO and her recent honor by the Gordon Parks Foundation. The accompanying photo shows Kebede (her handsome husband in the background) wearing a stunning red Thakoon dress.

#2 Anna Cleveland

She may not make the same impact that her mother, 70s top model Pat Cleveland did in her heyday but Anna has been making an impression on the runway, booking shows with Zac Posen, Caroline Herrera and DVF.

#3 Pat McGrath

The always in-demand makeup artist shares her "must have" list of products and makeup tips. She keeps her own routine simple with a solid skin care regime, soft neutral colors and of course, mascara. She's worked behind the scenes on many makeup launches but I'm hoping that she launches her own line one of these days...or at least releases a makeup book.

#4 Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes

Shingai is as stunning as she is talented. When I got their first CD from the library a year ago, it was in constant rotation on my iPod. There was a time She and her band are currently promoting their second CD "Wild Young Hearts."

#5 Jenny Lumet

Vogue profiles the upper crust homemaker turned sought after screenwriter. Lumet, the black/Jewish daughter of Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of screen icon Lena Horne wrote last year's critically acclaimed "Rachel is Getting Married" and is currently working on a script about race at Brooklyn's International High School. Her own view on race, she shares, were influence heavily by her grandmother whose participation in the Civil Rights Movement nearly ended her career.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July Italian Vogue Supplement Dedicated to Black Barbie Dolls

It's not exactly on par with last July's "black" issue of Vogue Italia but it is interesting. This month's Italian Vogue includes a supplement issue that traces the lineage of Mattel's black Barbie dolls, from "Francie" (launched in 1967) and 1980's first official black "Barbie" named doll to current incarnations.

The Cut thinks this is a cleverly timed cross promotion for Mattel's new line of black "So In Style" dolls created by Stacey McBride-Irby.

I'm no collector but I do love looking at the dolls. The "So In Style" models are pretty cute even if they only seem to have one body type.

S: Youtube, Vogue UK, The Cut

ETA: More pics at Jezebel

Vogue Korea - August 2009 - Naomi Campbell

Photographer by John-Paul Pietrus
s: kanna


Friday, July 17, 2009

Ariel Meredith for Diesel Intimates & Underwear

At first glance these look like something a Terry Richardson devotee would have shot for American Apparel. I guess Diesel is trying to jump feet first into the "edgy" underpants market.

I honestly don't know what to think of these. The phrase that keeps coming to my mind is "Girl, you need to call your people to come and get you!"

Don't get me wrong, Ariel is beautiful and has a great figure for lingerie but personally speaking, I've never fantasized about at clothing optional party where I'm the only chick present in the shot and a white guy who looks like European Jesus rubs lotion on my belly. Call me old-fashioned. There are more photos at the Diesel site featuring two white female models in their skivvies but their booties are unmolested.

Source: Diesel & kahlilg/tfs

Monday, July 13, 2009

Iman Poses with Oldest Daughter Zulekha Haywood

S: Myspace/TFS

Just posting this pic because I always wondered what Iman's oldest daughter looked like this days. I've only ever seen one other photo of her and in it she was still a very young. Zulekha is Iman's daughter from her first marriage to NBS star Spencer Haywood and from the looks of it, has grown up to be a very beautiful young woman.