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Back in 2008, Vogue Italia shocked the fashion industry (and the world) with the premiere of “The Black Issue”. Casting nothing but black models, the issue sold out within 72 hours, causing the magazine to do something it never did before — reprint.

[Vogue Italia had to reprint 30,000 extra copies for American distributors, 10,000 for its British audience, and 20,000 in Italy. That’s a total of 60,000 more copies!]

Monochromatic ethnicity themes are an increasing trend in fashion magazines. The November 2010 issue of Vogue U.S. featured the “Asia Major” spread, using only Asian models. This month, Vogue Italia revisits its previous monochromatic theme with “The Black Allure”, staring 11 top models of color, including Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa, and Chanel Iman.

While we love the all black spreads, many are expressing feelings of segregation. For some, the Jim Crow attitude — separate but equal — comes to mind. Others expressed that although these spreads are wonderful, the lack of exposure for black models is still unacceptable.

Do you agree with this sentiment or are the all black issues fostering a new era in fashion, diversity, and inclusion?

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  • fuchsia

    I love the spread! If it’s a matter of art, monochromatic can be beautiful and striking. The problem lies not in the art but in the limits put on black models. The designers and visionaries have to see beyond the color lines if they want to appeal to global market in a different or inclusive way. Having an all black cast is beautiful. Vogue Italia just gets it.

  • Black Models command attention & deserve their own space. I think its praise not segregation. Imo I still have this issue in the plastic.

  • Bronze

    I really don’t understand why we can’t create our own Vogue. Why is this sooo hard? Then we can spotlight whomever we want, when and where we want. I can only wish.

    • suga

      i totally agree

  • Ty

    There is a magazine dedicated to people of color, http://www.fashizblack.com/en/ however it is not based in the USA. In case no one has noticed blacks in fashion have always been more accepted “over there”.

    • a/n

      thank you for this link. now i have another magazine to get my wardrobe inspiration from, :)

    • Good looking TY

    • chic noir

      I would add popafricana to the mix of blk magazines.

      I love to see large groups of blk women togeather like this. I favorite Sessilee Lopez is there. I swear that girl is like the 2011 Linda Evangalista. She is the editorial queen.

      Blk models did really well for Spring 11 campaigns too.

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