Meet The 6 Black Models That Will Make Their Debut At The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Victoria’s Secret has chosen 61 models for this year’s fashion show. Out of the 61, they’re introducing 17 new models to the catwalk, and six of them are Black! See which six Black models made the cut below, and be sure to catch the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will be held on November 20 in Shanghai, China, on November 28 at 10pm ET on CBS

Alécia Morais

At age 20, this Cabo Verdean model has already walked numerous fashions shows for top designers like Chanel and Dior.

Amilna Estevão

The 18-year-old model hails from the African country of Angola, and was discovered when she was only 14.

Mayowa Nicholas

From walking various designer runways to serving as the face of Calvin Klein’s underwear line, this 19-year-old Nigerian model has been one to watch ever since she was scouted at age 16

Grace Bol

This 27-year-old South Sudanese model has been modeling since age 19, but this year marks her first time walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Aiden Curtiss

At 19, she’s the daughter of famous French model and Yves Saint Laurent muse Katoucha Niane, and made her debut in the Roland Mouret Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show

Samile Bermannelli

Hailing from Brazil, the 18-year-old model walked her first fashion week in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2017 season.

Topless Woman Protest at Kanye West’s “Multiracial Women Only’ Model Call


Over the weekend, Kanye West tweeted out a NYC casting call for “multiracial women only” to model his forthcoming Yeezy Season 4 collection. The request immediately drew protests both online and IRL, however, thanks to its wording.


And while white people crying “reverse racism” were definitely a component of the backlash, the more relevant dialogue came from POC who called out the inherent colorism, or the implication that dark skin does not meet “traditional” beauty standards, that pervaded West’s phrasing:


One such person was a woman who appears to go by the name “babyscumbag” on her social media, and who showed up to protest the casting this weekend with “They want black features not black girls” scrawled across her chest. She also held a poster that read, “‘multiracial only’ = lightskin only…you ain’t slick, Ye”, as well as a quote from West’s 2006 Essence interview, in which he says multiracial girls are referred to as “‘mutts’.”

Now, she’s resurfaced online with a detailed post explaining why exactly she did what she did.


“This is an indictment of not just Yeezy but the entire fashion and beauty industry in which there is a racialized hierarchy of beauty which is a ubiquitous symptom of the legacy of colonialism,” she wrote. “Regardless of whether Yeezy does choose to include darkskinned women in the end, the coded language of the casting call was clear and a part of a broader problem of colorism in the fashion industry.” And a systematic problem she mentioned is evident from the chances of girls walking down the runway depending on the deepness of their skin color.
She also wrote that this specification for “multiracial only” implies that “Black can only be beautiful when ‘MIXED’ with another RACE.”

“There is a history of wanting to dilute the Blackness of one’s children because of the longstanding stigmatization of Blackness,” she said, adding later that, “The lighter you are the more beautiful you are considered.”

However, babyscumbag notes that at the same time, non-Black women have begun to desire Black features “in a brutal and corrupt form of irony.”

“It’s just facts that Black women are constantly told they are too dark, lips too big, hair to ghetto for all professions,” she pointed out. “Only to see these same features or styles on non-Black women receive praise-(braids, gap teeth)-obviously the problem isn’t the style but the color of the women wearing it.”

Which all leads back to why she did it in the first place: as a means of highlighting how pervasive the Eurocentric beauty standards stemming from white supremacy and colonialism still are.

“It’s not just about fashion it’s about understanding how racism, and white supremacy dictates our understanding of reality,” she finished. “T hese are toxic ideologies need to be unlearned and #ITsAPROCESS.”


ELLE Canada Pays Tribute To Natural Black Hair


ELLE’s September issue, the highly anticipated annual bible of beauty and fashion, features black models in a tribute to black hair.

The “Natural Anthem” beauty shoot showcases six women of color rocking a collection of natural styles including afro puffs, sculpted baby hair and braids. The six models hail from Kenya, Burundi, and Canada. One of them was even discovered at a Beyonce concert in Toronto. In the article the models discuss what it was like being a part of the shoot, favorite hair care products, their day-to-day makeup routines, the relationships they have with their hair and their own treasured beauty icons.

The magazine’s beauty director, Vanessa Craft posted the following to her Instagram account:


“I’ve never been in a photo shoot where it’s all black people. Usually there is one black person and seven Caucasian women. We all come from different backgrounds and we can share stories together. And I kind of feel at peace because at other shoots, nobody would talk to each other,” Aliisa says.

“My sister is a hairdresser. I started with braids. My mom wouldn’t let me wear a weave because she said it would be too grown-up for me. Grade 5 graduation was the only time I could wear one; it was a clip-on ponytail. In Grade 8, I got to wear a long weave. I loved it! I would get it sewn in. But I would have to straighten it and comb it out, or brush it out. In high school, I started wearing all natural. [Wearing a weave] is too much time. You have to maintain it,” she added.


Major props to ELLE Canada for showing love to these gorgeous hairstyles and the black women who wear them better than anyone else ever could. Remember who STARTED this ish lol

The September issue is available on newsstands now.

Via ClutchMag