Italian Vogue recently showcased a revolutionary spread featuring all black models in haute couture garments from a multitude of the finest designers for the February 2011 issue of the magazine entitled Black Allure. The shoot was directed by Vogue Italia's esteemed Editor-in-Chief, Franca Sozzani, who said the shoot was, "in admiration with the richness and fullness of black female beauty."
Photographed by Emma Summerton and styled by Edward Enningful the shoot pays homage to the 1920's Harlem renaissance era with finger waves, and the models draped in fringing and opulent furs. Featuring top black models such as Ajak Deng, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Kinee Diouf, Melodie Monrose,Mia Aminata Niaria, Alenis Sosa Pena, Rose Cordero and Sesilee Lopez. Summerton commented that, "To some people of the opposite race and maybe not fashion related, they sometime think and say, 'what is all the fuss? Why are we still talking about race?'’ They sometime say, 'enough is enough..won't we leave it alone.' Some even think it is reverse racism to care to have an all black model story or runway show. That of course is laughable."
Sozzani has continually set a presidence with black models in the magazine by previously featuring the legendary July 2008 Black Issue and July 2009 special supplement Black Barbie Issue. An all black sub-website for Vougue Italia soon followed called Vogue Black which features black beauty in all of the arts. Hopefully other mainstream magazines from the dominant countries of the world will take note and follow suit in showcasing black beauty with such great reverence. As this is by far the most beautiful fashion spread I have ever seen!