Category Archives: French Vogue

Magazine Glam: June Ambrose Styles Alicia Keys for Gotham; French Vogue Features Solo Black Model

Hey Glamazons!

We loved Alicia Keys in Boxing Kitten on the set of “Put it in a Love Song,” but never has she looked more elegant and refined than on the March cover of Gotham Magazine. Our beloved celebrity stylist, June Ambrose, dressed Ms. Keys in a green Catherine Malandrino dress with plunging neckline and gold jewelry. Stunning! With subtle makeup and her hair pulled back off of her face, Ms. Keys is the picture of radiant beauty. What do you think of Alicia’s new look? 

We’re also proud to hear that French Vogue, the magazine that shot Lara Stone in Blackface, has turned over a new leaf. The cover of their March issue features a solo black model, 18-year-old Rose Cordero. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Cordero is the first black model to appear on French Vogue alone since Liya Kebede in 2002. Sadly, since Cordero is from the Dominican Republic, many are claiming her features aren’t “black enough,” which I personally feel is ludicrous. Do you agree?

Sidenote: rumor also has it that American Vogue will feature a model on the cover of its April issue. Are we seeing a (much-needed) shift in magazine covers from celebrities back to models (Please, Fashion Gods)? Is that a change you’d like to see? Discuss.




French Vogue Does Blackface: Racist or Edgy?

Hey Glamazons,

Just as models of color begin to make strides in the industry, French Vogue releases a controversial shoot with model Lara Stone in Blackface for their supermodel issue via Jezebel Magazine. Photographed by Steven Klein, the spread has proven to be controversial as blackface, a popular minstrel act in the 19th century, was implemented to humiliate, subjugate and perpetuate dangerous stereotypes about African-Americans.
What I find more troubling is the fact that French Vogue chose to use blackface instead of an actual black model for this shoot, particularly since models of color are notoriously overlooked for editorial shoots, ad campaigns and runway appearances.
Furthermore, not a single woman of color appears in the entire supermodel issue but I suppose, Lara Stone’s painted face represents diversity. (Sarcasm)
See images from the spread below and let me know what you think: is French Vogue’s decision to shoot Lara Stone in Blackface racist? Is the controversy surrounding the shoot justified? Do you think French Vogue painted Lara Stone in Blackface to avoid using an actual black model? Does this shoot satirize African heritage and culture? Was it simply a misguided attempt to appear edgy or creative with no racial significance?