Fashion, is the most influential industry in the world. It has control over millions of people. We subconsciously find ourselves in the world of met balls and fashion weeks with different designers showcasing some of their best works. But apart from them, the beautiful diverse faces that have contributed to this massive industry are just as important and are just as influential.
With everything going on in the world from racism to gender equality it is best that we read about how women of color have participated in this part of the world.
In this article, we will get to know about black women and how their contribution to the fashion industry has transformed this huge empire.
Black Women in Fashion
- Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell is not a stranger to anyone in this time and age. Campbell is an English model, actress, and businesswoman. She has graced the cover of hundreds of fashion magazines and is truly a fashion icon.
She was one of the original supermodels alongside Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford. The catwalk queen also became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris in 1988. Naomi Campbell has contributed a lot to the industry and even at the age of 50 she has not slowed down.
- Diana Ross
Diana Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer from Michigan. Her style and fashion have influenced millions of people throughout the years. Apart from being a fashion icon, Ross has also starred in several films. She was also the lead singer of the most successful female group in the history of pop music, The Supremes. This group released several hits which are still iconic to this day. Even after she left her band she continued to own the music industry with her solo career.
- Josephine Baker
Thanks to Josephine Baker and her amazing fashion designing skills that we get to see Rhianna in show-stopping glittery dresses. Josephine Baker was more than a fashion designer, she was also a French entertainer, French resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Being a woman of color she also faced racial discrimination in her days. Her career was mostly based in France and she was also the first black woman to ever appear on a motion picture in 1927.
She was known for her majestic performances and outfits. Her iconic outfit of short skirts of artificial bananas and beaded necklace became the symbol of jazz in 1920. Apart from her entertainment career she is also known for her contributions to the civil rights movement.
- Beverly Johnson
An African-American model and actress have achieved a lot in the fashion industry. She became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974 and also the first black woman to be featured on the cover of French Elle. With her amazing fashion career and everything she has achieved in the industry, The New York Times named her the one of the most influential people in fashion of the 20th century in 2008. She also paved the way for other models of color like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and many more.
- Bethann Hardison
A cultural icon, Bethann Hardison, is an American model and activist. She owned the runway in her days and now she has her modeling agency and also fights for equal representation in the fashion industry through her Diversity Coalition.
- Angela Davis
Angela Yvonne Davis is more than just a style icon, she is an American political activist, an author and also a philosopher. She has not only a huge influence on the fashion world but also the academic world. She was also one of the faces of Black is Beautiful Movement. Their main aim was to lift black women by showing the world the natural beauty of black people.
- Tina Turner
An American-swiss singer and actress are also known for her amazing looks on stage. Her performance outfits have inspired so many other performers like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj. She has a great personal fashion style and still, people praise her for her iconic performances and outfits.
Iman is a Somalian Fashion mode. She is one of the most gorgeous and influential faces in the fashion industry. She has used her platform to talk and aware her viewers of various social issues like racial discrimination, gender discrimination in the fashion industry.
- Tyra Banks
Apart from being a fashion model, she has also taken over the television industry. Banks is a television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, and author. Her fashion style has inspired millions and has also paved the way for other various black models.