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Black Models to Follow on the Fashion Week Runways in 2021
The fashion industry has a history of inclusivity and diversity issues , which are, unfortunately, still prevalent today. Although progress is slowly but surely being made to ensure that people of color, and specifically Black people, are represented in all areas of the industry including modeling, someone usually and unfairly has to pave the way for others. Below, 28 Black supermodels who have changed—and are continuing to change—the fashion and modeling industries. Tyra Mail! She was the first Black model to sign a contract with the latter brand and was an Angel from to She also has her own blog and fashion brand called LAPP , for Leomie Anderson The Project The Purpose, where articles are published from a diverse community of writers about style, politics, and more. A semifinalist in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, she was the first contestant to participate wearing a hijab. Since her participation, she received widespread attention and was signed to IMG models. She also become the first Muslim model to wear the head covering and a burkini in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her mom is Black and her dad is both Chilean and Swiss.
More Black models walked the Fashion Week runways in than ever before, and hopefully the numbers will go up even more this year — specifically this spring season. Black models are making strides that in years past would have never seemed possible: opening and closing some of the biggest shows, appearing in groundbreaking campaigns, and splashing the covers of some of the biggest magazines. These models are showing what the power of a little melanin and a lot of strength can do for the fashion industry.