By now, you're probably used to seeing all your favorite supermodels on the runways and in the season's hottest campaigns, but you probably don't know how they each first got their start. From the most iconic supermodels of the '90s to today's runway stars, we're taking a look back at the model discovery stories that launched some of fashion's greatest careers. Before Crawford graced the runway and the covers of all major fashion magazines, she was a girl living in the small town of DeKalb, Illinois.
Illustration by Monica Ahanonu. Yet today, her groundbreaking legacy is an obscure fashion footnote. During the early 20th century, Black models were limited to magazines like Ebony and Jetaimed specifically at African-American audiences.
By Maybelle Morgan For Mailonline. Looking at Jourdan Dunn, no one would ever think that the 5ft 11in supermodel has ever had confidence issues. The London-born beauty is the new face of Maybelline New York, she was British Vogue's February cover star, and also the first black model to walk for Prada in a decade.
Supermodel Adut Akech said she felt disrespected after an Australian magazine published a feature article about her with the image of a different black model. Akech appeared in Who Magazine ahead of Melbourne Fashion Week, but the Australian publication instead printed an image of Flavia Lazarus, another black model, at the show. Akech is one of the fashion industry's most sought after models and has appeared in shows for such brands as Chanel, Givenchy and Valentino and on the covers of the Australian, British, Italian and Korean editions of Vogue.
The story of African Americans in the modeling world is often one of resilience, with a number of black models forging a path for themselves and their communities in an industry that has often stuck to narrow, limited notions of who should be seen and celebrated. Here are some of the models who parlayed their runway and print success into other forms of gainful creativity. Born in London, Naomi Campbell was approached by a scout in the mids when she was a teenager.
An Australian supermodel has called out Who Magazine for a blunder which saw them mistakenly publish images of another black model instead of her. And while she said the article reflected her opinions and did justice to her story, an unfortunate mishap saw another black model pictured to illustrate the story. The year-old global sensation said the mix up defeated the purpose of her sharing her story at all Pictured: Adut Akech at the David Jones Spring Summer Collections Launch.
One of our focuses was to feature strong black women who work as fashion models. In doing so, we were guilty of several errors for which we sincerely apologize. We are aware of how problematic this is. This has definitely been a learning experience for us and, again, we deeply regret any harm or hurt we have unwittingly caused.
It seemed that modeling agencies, designers, and editors all tended to look for one type of body, one type of face, and one skin color. Baker and Holiday were major outliers in the racially-segregated, largely conservative milieu of the early to mid-twentieth century, as black women were afforded very little recognition in any field by mainstream media during this time period. In an era defined by the prejudicial treatment of black Americans and the concurrent rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the black community started to develop outlets for exploring the impact of fashion, entirely separate from the unwelcoming environment of the fashion industry at the time.
As the original supers stalk back into the spotlight, here's our edit of the best models of all time. It was the image that kicked off the era of supermodel mania. The original gang, a bit like the Spice Girls, had someone for everyone. Christy Turlington, with her calm doe-eyed gaze and impossibly perfect features that looked carved from soapstone.