In the July 2008 issue of Vogue, there was a story called, "Is Fashion Racist?" and to me Italian Vogue's All Black Issue proved that it is.
I love the intentions of Italian Vogue and their hard work at trying to give black models more attention in the industry, which obviously worked because the issue actually sold out and is being reprinted by demand. And I applaud them for that.
However, while reading about this, I couldn't help but think, "Why in the year 2008, is this still going on?" There's something that was so icky, so depressing about this subject that bothered me. It wasn't about anything in the issue or any of the stories; the thing that was bothering me was the fact that we have to have an All Black Issue. The fact that we have to even talk about racism is saddening. And it's not just with fashion.
Think about Black History Month, we do it to raise attention towards black people and to remember the history, but isn't black history part of American history? Doesn't it seem even more racist to separate black history from everything else and only celebrate it during one month? I think this is sort of what's happening to fashion too; in order to get everyone's attention about colored models and such, we have to actually separate them to get people to think.
As I wrote before, their intentions were completely good when making the All Black Issue or Black History Month or whatever, but as long as these types of issues or remembrances exist, so will racism. Models of all colors should be gracing the pages of magazines together and there shouldn't be a topic about race. It should be about fashion and I can't wait till the day when every color is united as one.