I was kicking it with my girl Kelly, and she put me up on an upcoming story in Young Detroiter Magazine. In honor of Black history month, a story commemorating some of the top African American fashion pioneers will be gracing the publications pages.
Here’s a preview: Enjoy 🙂
Known for our flamboyant style and trendsetting swagger, African Americans have been making fashion statements since the beginning of time.
Black History Month is not just for remembering those who made changes in laws that we follow today or granting African Americans rights that we now exercise (like the right to vote).
Along with those rights came the right to express our individuality.
From the runways of Milan to the showrooms of New York we bring our pioneering creativity to you. We have not only made history with being political leaders, but we also have been know to be leaders in fashion.
Here are just some of the African Americans who have had an impact on fashion.
Veronica Webb– was the first Black model to sign with a major cosmetics company (Revlon).
Alex Wek– is a Sudanese model that, aside from gracing magazine covers and being featured in ad campaigns, has walked the runway for high-profile fashion designers such as John Galliano, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein.
Tyra Banks– the first African-American to grace the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, and the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Beverly Johnson– was the first African-American to grace the covers of American Vogue in 1974 and French Elle.
Donyale Luna– is an African American fashion model of the 1960s and early 1970s. She was the first black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.
Beverly Peele– was the first African-American to grace the cover of Mademoiselle in 1989.
Naomi Campbell– was the first Black woman to grace the covers of French Vogue and Time.