The Queen At Richard Quinn’s Show
It was insane to see the Queen on the front row. I new someone important was coming, but I thought the rumours of it being the Queen were a joke. it felt monumental because she wasn’t attending one of the mega houses; it was Richard Quinn‘s first on-schedule show. It showed the importance of championing emerging talent, and highlighted how instrumental new designers are in paving the way for the future. -lhey’re doing things their own way. The show was he autilid, mad and. wild, and to have the (been see something that represents what I love about fashion was special.
Art Directing My Burberry Campaign In Ghana
I wanted to shoot my Burberry campaign in Ghana to show people that there are so many different facets to Africa; there is a booming economy, an exciting arts scene, there are women who love fashion. But I didn’t understand the impact my Vogue cover had there until I visited. I always felt a connection to the country but I didn’t realise they had claimed me as their own. Going to shoot in Ghana was my way of showing respect to that part of me. And the outpouring of support was beautiful.
Virgil Abloh’s Debut At Louis Vuitton
I live streamed Virgil‘s first show on my phone and it gave me shivers. Part of it comes down to my having a black father who has always worn amazing brands, but knowing that the way those clothes are usually shown is so whitewashed. To see the most handsome black men walking that runway in these beautiful outfits was incredible. Plus, it was so chic. As a mixed-race woman, I am used to being put in “urban” looks, but this offered a new perspective, designed and worn by black men. I felt very proud – for Virgil, for the boys in the show, for my community It felt like a new beginnings.
Diversity In The September Issue
The September issue is renowned for being every fashion magazine’s biggest of the year, and it was such a joy to see incredible black women appear on covers across the world. Growing up, I was so used to never seeing anyone who looked like me that it didn’t really faze me. It’s only as I’ve grown older, and started to see so many women who I look up to and can identify with, that I’ve realised just how important it is. In the past, it has been said that black women on covers won’t sell copies. I’ve heard that coming from people I respect, as if it were just a blasé statement of fact. It’s such a cop-out. If this industry can sell trends – can sell the idea of camel coats or oversized sunglasses as the next big thing – then why can’t we put different women on the covers of magazines and say that is cool, too? This September showed we can. It was incredibly important.
Seeing Different Bodies Celebrated
This year, I’ve become one of Revlon‘s ambassadors, alongside Ashley Graham, and it’s been amazing for us both to represent different communities for a powerful beauty brand. And watching Paloma [Elsesser] make such a mark in fashion has been amazing – as well as seeing the beautiful story starring Tess McMillan in Vogue‘s September issue. To see different women not covered up or ignored, but appear as their whole selves, has been brilliant. Now that the conversation has begun, hopefully we’ll start to observe a major shift. Fashion is for everyone. Whether you can afford it or not, you deserve to see yourself represented within the pages of magazines.