Ajak Deng, Amilna Estevao, Anais Mali, Aya Jones, Binx Walton and Tami Williams are game-changers. Not because I’ve never seen black models in a W Magazine spread, but because this is the first time I’ve seen black models truly glorified with their natural hair on a non-black magazine. The first time every black model has represented every shade of brown. And the first time black people are honored , not just because of the current black issues. This is a fashion spread.
I’m always happy when I see black women on the cover of any magazine, but it’s hard to find spreads featuring the average natural hair. Overly poofed afros are amongst the most popular styling tactics of creative directors to incorporate blackness, but it can be a bit obnoxious at times. In reality, black hair comes in all lengths and textures—not every afro looks like Diana Ross’s, so when I saw these natural-haired beauties without perms or extensions, it was refreshing and tasteful to see black beauty appreciated in all facets.
Photo Credit(s): W Magazine