Like her or loathe her, you can’t deny that Tyra Banks has been pretty instrumental in changing our perception of the modern day model. Before Ms Banks unleashed her ANTM franchise across the globe, many of us perceived models as nothing more than vapid clothes horses whose generous supply of good looks was levelled out by lack of intelligence, and a personality deficit. But as dramatic and OTT Tyra has proven to be over the years, she’s also one smart cookie. America’s Next Top Model is the most popular fashion themed reality show, which is currently shown in over 120 countries and has been adapted nationally in numerous countries including Romania, Russia, Peru and France.
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London born supermodel, Jourdan Dunn recently tweeted that she had bagged her sixth cover for fashion bible, ID Magazine. The star model who is currently doing the rounds at LFW, swapped her trademark lengthy, dark extensions for this questionable looking blonde wig. I was a bit taken aback at first (and I’m still not sure if I like it), but soon learned that Jourdan is one of a quartet of ‘blonde bombshell’ cover stars photographed for the mag’s Role Model issue. The magazine hits the newstands on Thursday 20th September.
I’m in my late thirties and no longer a skinny minnie, so I don’t consider myself part of Topshop’s core demographic. And that’s perfectly fine to be honest. But although I no longer slavishly hand over my hard earned cash for a slither of overpriced fabric at their stores, it doesn’t mean the brand is no longer on my radar. On the contrary, I find myself continually peeking at the upward trajectory of Sir Philip Green’s multi-million fashion empire. And you know the main thing I’ve noticed? Topshop’s tendency to hire black models to head their campaigns. Whether’s its Jourdan Dunn’s iconic On The Move Campaign or Nyasha Matonhodze’s stunning A/W 11 campaign , not to mention Ajak Deng’s campaign – I can’t honestly think of any other high street brand that attempts to balance the scales of under-representation. Hot on the heels is their new SS12 campaign featuring yup, you guessed it – black models. I’m not familiar with the names of the models, but they’re certainly working it. More of the same please Phil!
I read an interesting article recently penned by one of my favourite hair and beauty bloggers, Naturalbelle, who can be found over at Hairspiration.co.uk. Belle made a pretty spot on observation when she pointed out the fact that although there are a few more brown beauties fronting advertising campaigns for major make-up brands, the actual shades suited to black women darker than Halle Berry’s complexion are few and far between. West London’s Jourdan Dunn is one of the most successful models from the new generation and one of my faves (anyone who follows her on Twitter can attest that she’s just a regular, down to earth Landan girl). Jourdan is currently the face of Burberry and recently released a video to accompany the brand’s Spring/Summer 12 look. I’m loving the balmy/ barely there/look: no make-up, neutral and nude shades which is touted as one of the hottest make-up trends for this upcoming season. I’ve never been a huge fan of brands that try to diversify into a new and already strongly established territories, but I’m willing to make an exception here and give Burberry a chance because this looks hawt.