Over the weekend, at Paris Fashion Week, Zendaya‘s capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger finally launched! After much anticipation, she showed out. The iconic designer not only allowed her to be a global brand ambassador for his fashion house but, according to Billboard, he gave the 22-year-old full control of the designs, which drew inspiration from “iconic women” of the late-1970s and early-1980s.
And with that, sis turned it into a disco dance party with solely black models of all sizes, ages, and shades. Even making it a priority that trailblazing models like, Beverly Johnson, the first African-American model to cover American Vogue; Pat Cleveland, who’s often described as the world’s first black supermodel; and Veronica Webb, the first African-American woman to have a major cosmetics contract graced the runway with their presence.
“We’re paying homage to these women who changed our legacy…and allowed for me and so many others to be here. I remember when my Vogue cover came out, Beverly Johnson tweeted me congratulations, and I said this wouldn’t be possible without you. This is about saying we appreciate and love you,” said the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star, according to WWD. Now, that’s what it’s all about! But it was the one and only Grace Jones, who strutted down the catwalk to her own hit song “Pull Up to the Bumper,” who stole the show:
Can you believe she’s 70 years old?! At the age of 18, Jones signed with her first major modeling agency and was appreciated in the Paris fashion scene for her unusual, androgynous, bold, dark-skinned look. She was a look before “the look” was popular (or rather accepted).
Not only did the fashion show depict range as far as the people, but it also showed deep knowledge of the industry referencing the “Battle of Versailles” style display held in 1973 at the Palace of Versailles. It put American designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Stephen Burrows head-to-head with French designers Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Hubert de Givenchy.
The whole event even left Tyra Banks in awe!
Following fails of portraying diversity from Gucci, Burberry, and Prada, the former Disney actress just exemplifies the importance of being intentional and making sure everyone who’s included feels accepted because there’s no such thing as one-size fits all. “If women in my family can’t all wear it, I don’t want to make it,” said Lancôme’s newest beauty ambassador. “We had plus-size models, which Tommy has never done before.”
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