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These are the top 15 Black models who broke color barriers and made a name of themselves in the fashion industry. Let's honor them!

Somalian model Ubah Hassan covers the latest issue of Hunt & Gather magazine, a publication that dedicates each issue to only one model. Ubah’s career only started four years ago, upon signing with New York’s Click Management, but just a year later she became the face of Ralph Lauren. Now, she’s getting entire magazines named […]

Veteran Naomi Campbell and newcomer Rob Evans are the faces of Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2011 campaign. The two models snarl, growl and show their fangs for the camera.

Tsanna Latouche stars as a '70s revivalist in a fashion spread for How To Spend It magazine. Aptly titled "Night Fever," Latouche looks every bit the disco queen!

Leomie Anderson, a rising Black 19-year-old model, has penned an open letter about the racism she personally faces in the fashion industry: from not bothering to try & get work in Milan to blatantly being told that designers wouldn’t like her because of her skin color; from always being asked to wear ethnic prints on […]

Whenever we get the opportunity, HB likes to profile any and all fresh-faced models of color who are on the rise – the ones who will soon claim the spots once held by Tyra Banks and Tyson Beckford. We’ve been following the careers of Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn for some time now, but we […]

Jourdan Dunn shows us off how to pull off peasant skirts and tops in the March 2011 issue of Vogue UK. The “Ocean Colour Scene” spread features Jourdan (and fellow model Karmen Redaru) in pieces from Jil Sander, Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs. “It’s a wondrous view: big, bold, spicy hues on cottons and […]

Vogue Italia’s May 2011 issue features an all-black model fashion spread titled “Jump and Smile,” and we love it. We’re happy to see more and more magazines recognizing talent of color! In fact, Vogue Italia is what first got tongues wagging with their “Black Allure” editorial: Vogue Italia Debuts All-Black Model Fashion Spread! A Must-See! […]

Nyasha Matonhodze, a Zimbabwean-born, British-raised 16-year-old model, has been chosen as one of the new faces of Louis Vuitton. She will star in the retailer’s fall/winter advertising campaign. Upon learning that she had been selected Nyasha told the Telegraph, “My eyes filled up with tears and I thought ‘Lord you are lucky!’ It didn’t actually […]

Supermodel Rose Cordero channels Josephine Baker, the famous multi-talented Harlem Renaissance-era entertainer, in Tush magazine’s #24 issue. Finger waves, thin brows, and dramatic eyes begin the look while fringed, feathered and bejeweled barely-there outfits complete it. She even pays homage to Baker’s famous banana skirt. Some photos are NSFW. Model Nur Hellmann Channels Sade For […]

Models Anais Mali and Melodie Monrose are featured in the December 2010 issue of Interview magazine. The two models mirror one another in stare, pose and outfit as they show off 10 ways to wear white. Called “a look into the future at what’s to come for Spring/Summer 2011,” the two ladies embrace minimalism, presenting […]