Shout out to Omar for sending me the link about this fashion news on Twitter yesterday. I was surprised and excited to see that Ms. Erykah Badu is the newest face of the new Givenchy Spring 2014 campaign.
How does Kanye feel about this?
According to Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, choosing Ms. Badu to be apart of his campaign was an easy choice:
“Erykah, she’s an icon—come on! What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.”
What’s even more exciting is that all of the models in the new Spring 2014 Campaign are women of color. YES!!
“There was a lot of talk this season in fashion,” Tisci said. “Me, I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same.”
We still have a long way to go, but great strides were made this year to feature more models of color on the runway. Tisci hasn’t been shy about using women of color for his runway shows or campaigns. When asked if he thinks the world will catch on, he said:
“I hope so. It’s 2013. Everybody’s being so cool about Instagram, about Facebook, any media—everybody’s being so open. At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it’s quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color.”
I wish more people thought that way. Kudos to you Riccardo Tisci! I can’t wait to see the entire campaign!