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Originally posted by MidLifeMan:
Very Beautiful. Who is she?


I'm a beautiful sister, however, this is a photo taken from the collection of African models that I keep on my computer. For what its worth, my astrological sign is "Libra," and librans are known to have a strong appreciation for beauty.
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It sadens me that we don't see and/or appreciate this kind of beauty more often. Who determines what is "ugly?"

Where have all the Black models gone? - a supermodel analyzes racist factors in several industries that impact jobs in the media and fashion modeling industry
by Veronica Webb

In the fall of 1994, I shared the cover of YSB with Black male model Clayton Hunter and with Roshumba, who had been featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue three years in a row. I, like more than a few other Black models, would consider the middle of the decade a prime time for us. Our popularity may have had much to do with a flood of media stories indicating that racial and ethnic groups would outnumber Whites by the middle of the twenty-first century.

The fashion, publishing and advertising worlds--the institutions where our desires and dreams are synthesized and sold back to us--were clearly taking notice and action.

More Black models began to grace the pages of fashion magazines, both in advertisement and editorial layouts, and Naomi Campbell's star was shooting into the stratosphere as she clocked a stunning number of covers. In Milan, where runway-show trends begin (because the first international showings are held there each season), Riccardo Gay Model Management had 12 to 16 Black women on the roster for fashion shows. In fact, every show I worked from 1992 to the first season of 1995 had at least seven or eight Black models. Considering that a show usually features 20 or so models, we had an impressive 35- to 40-percent representation. Things really got exciting in 1995, when Tyson Beckford snagged an exclusive contract as the face for top designer Ralph Lauren. Tyson went on last year to be named Male Model of the Year by VH1.

Fast forward to 1996... When the year came in, we went out. Today there is only one Black female model I know of with a major cosmetics contract: Tyra Banks for Cover Girl. As of this writing, Riccardo Gay in Milan has only six Black models in working rotation. And from the Italian runways to the French fashion scene to the catwalks in New York City, there has been a worldwide trend to exclude Black models from fashion shows. Only a few shows for the fall 1996 season included a Black face, and even then in several cases that face could have been mistaken for White. The result: Magazines and newspapers--many of which use pictures from runway shows throughout the year--will have few chances to include us in their pages. And, as it is, we are seldom the focal point of the main fashion layouts in general-market publications. Clearly the Black model is the subject of a damaging and demeaning "disappearing act."

"God made everybody exactly the way She wanted them to be!"
-Singer Rachelle Farrell, Individuality
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Originally posted by Sweetwuzzy:

I don't get it. Confused Confused What bothers you about this thread????

Would you rather have articles about desperate black women looking for black men and bitching over and over again???--- never mind, I know the answer.


Nahhh...there are no pics in this thread with black women.......bent over, with their butt cheeks all over the place.

Roll Eyes

Ohh and before one of you brothas calls me a hata......thats one thing im NOT!

I can hold my own...........trust!! Razz
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Originally posted by Sweetwuzzy:
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Originally posted by RadioRaheem:



I don't get it. Confused Confused What bothers you about this thread????

Would you rather have articles about desperate black women looking for black men and bitching over and over again???--- never mind, I know the answer.


nope, I am just waiting for Rowe to answer my questions about why she has to tell men what beauty is. I pondered if it was a self-esteem problem that she had. She has yet to reply, but returned to this board to do this thread. I hope she is working on that answers to my inquiries. Smile
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Originally posted by qty226:
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Originally posted by Sweetwuzzy:

I don't get it. Confused Confused What bothers you about this thread????

Would you rather have articles about desperate black women looking for black men and bitching over and over again???--- never mind, I know the answer.


Nahhh...there are no pics in this thread with black women.......bent over, with their butt cheeks all over the place.

Roll Eyes

Ohh and before one of you brothas calls me a hata......thats one thing im NOT!

I can hold my own...........trust!! Razz


not true. As you know, I have more than enough of those thread that I started myself. I was responding to Rowe's posting in another thread.
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Originally posted by RadioRaheem:
nope, I am just waiting for Rowe to answer my questions about why she has to tell men what beauty is. I pondered if it was a self-esteem problem that she had. She has yet to reply, but returned to this board to do this thread. I hope she is working on that answers to my inquiries. Smile


I think it just may have something to do with this RadioRaheem...

http://africanamerica.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/40070883/m/5661057663

BTW these sisters are extra beautiful, but I can only imagine how much better loooking they would be with their natural hair texture...
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Originally posted by Rowe:
Sudanese Beauty, Clara Benjamin, by way of London. Clara is a top model who has appeared in Vogue, and many haute couture fashion shows. She is the most sought after for her full pouty lips and distinctive African features.


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There were some African models in a documentary who were talking about how very excited they were when African became popular in Western shows.

But it turned out that although the most outspoken is from a small tribe and unmixed, she had nothing but complaints about their searches.

It turned out that the Western agencies didn't find these African women "African enough." laugh

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