Visions of Beauty

Black is Beautiful and this season some major players in the fashion industry are sitting up and taking notice.  As a woman of color I hope this is not just a fad for Spring/Summer '11, but the beginning of a more inclusive vision of what represents true beauty and style.

Ooh Shala:

Style Star Shala Monroque kills it on so many levels. Even though her closet is full of covetable designer duds from the likes of Prada and Rodarte it is her natural beauty that makes her such a knockout!

Photos courtesy of jakandjil.com, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images, Patrick McMullen for HarpersBazaar.com

En Vogue: The Life Rhapsodic

The March issue of Vogue features a bevy of beautiful black models alongside prominent black male celebrities including Savion Glover, Anthony Mackie, and John Legend. Click here for a behind the scenes look at the shoot.

Models Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls, Ajak Deng, Arlenis Sosa, Jourdan Dunn, and Aanis Mali are breathtaking in the finest fashions for Spring/Summer '11.

All Photos by Norman Jean Roy

Lanvin's Last Look:

Alber Elbaz presented a stunning collection for Spring/Summer '11 designed for modern, powerful women on the go. To close the show he sent five gorgeous black models down the runway making a strong ( and much needed) statement about what modern, powerful women look like today!

From left: Ajak Deng, Jeneil Williams, Ataui Deng, Jourdan Dunn, and Melodie Monrose

Photo courtesy of Style.com


  1. Agree! I love seeing Ms. Monroque in the magazines. She has some of the best personal style out there, in my opinion. It looks like a real expression of her personality, not like she's "trying" - and certainly not intimidating. Would love to raid her closet...

  2. Such a beautiful post!!! Thanks for sharing!