In the last couple of years I’ve noticed more black models with natural hair appearing in high profile campaigns. Every time I see one it always puts a smile on my face. I grew up during the time when you only saw Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell in campaigns who both had straight weaves. Now it appears the fashion industry is noticing a need for more diversity in the industry and we are seeing a change, albeit a very slow and gradual change. These models really stand out on their own and have more than a simple generic look to offer.
Here are a few of models who have really taken the industry by storm recently:
Appeared in campaigns for Benneton
This Ethiopian model was the first Ethiopian to be a representative for Estee Lauder. Her popularity grew when she appeared on the cover of Spanish Vogue.. She has featured in campaigns for Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton to name a few.It good to see that she has been featured with her hair natural in recent campaigns.
It must be difficult in the modelling industry for women with natural hair because they must have their hair manipulated and altered on a regular basis. That’s why I’m sure many of them wear weaves and wigs. However it seems that there is more of a demand for black models with natural hair. It is refreshingly different and they certainly stand out from the crowd. I certainly like to see this more and although the fashion and beauty industries have a long way to go in representing women of all skin colours and hair textures. This is a step in the right direction. I grew up in a time when there were very few representations of black women in the fashion industry and in the media in general. There was certainly very few with natural hair.
More natural hair models
Are you noticing that there are more natural hair models in campaigns? What do you think?