The lack of Black models in the fashion industry is a recurring issue that is continuously talked about. But Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, decided to be the one to do something about it. Her journey, from noticing the lack of color on fashion’s runways to creating the groundbreaking “Black Issue” of Vogue Italia, was chronicled by Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan this weekend… In her Washington Post column, Givhan interviews Sozzani about selecting Naomi Campbell and ESSENCE Contributing Fashion Editor Toccara Jones for the Black Issue, as well as creating Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy — two sites dedicated to covering fashion from a different perspective. “We cannot use only these girls who are the same,” Sozzani says. “We go to the East Side and Russia. We go looking for tall, thin and blue eyes. But we have to scout in Africa, everywhere.”
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