Monday, August 10, 2009

don't you just love this?

Continuing their dedication to promoting diversity in the fashion world Vogue Italia has released a follow up to July 2008’s Black Issue using the same theme except with a small twist, black Barbie dolls. The issue pays homage to black cultures and beauty as well as black Barbie’s cultural impact. This year Barbie will release dolls with a more afro centric looking featuring wider noses and fuller lips. Franca Sozzani continues to use her creativity as Editor-In-Chief to push positive messages in the industry. The magazine is currently available at retailers and online.

(courtesy of slamxhype)

all these african barbie dolls are fantabulous!

The rap artist common posted his thoughts

"Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie” Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Italia.

“In July 2008, Vogue Italia created the first Black Issue sending a strong message about the importance of diversity to the fashion world. The special issue was a tremendous success from Milan to New York reaching a 40-percent increase in sales.The Vogue Italia Black Issue was conceived by Franca Sozzani, who decided to dedicate a full issue to black models that have reached successes in the influential areas of fashion and art. It was her vision to extend the edition this year to include images of Barbie. The July 2009 issue of Vogue Italia, now available.”"