Vogue Italia July 2008: Black Issue – Naomi Campbell Cover

Written By bryanboy

Vogue Italia July 2008: Black Issue

At long last. My own personal copy of Vogue Italia’s ground-breaking “A Black Issue” finally arrived from New York. The original plan was for me to wait until I get an actually copy of this historical glossy before writing an in-depth review but come to think of it, what else has not been said and done online?

Naomi Campbell cover, Vogue Italia July 2008: A Black Issue

I had chills running down my spine as I leafed through the magazine. The editorials are great. The models are absolutely beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, absolutely STUNNING. Sessilee Lopez is fierce and ferosh — actually, they all are!

The ads tell a completely different story though. Other than the odd ad campaign or two (ok maybe three… etc), most of the ads feature (well duh, nothing new there) what seems to be the current standard of beauty: tall, white, skinny and blonde. It felt creepy looking at all these ads go side by side with the all-black editorials. Is fashion REALLY that racist? Can’t our tastemakers do something about it (ie. offer more diversity)? It’s funny how the issue had a fold-out cover featuring 4 beautiful black models: Naomi, Jourdan, Sessilee and Liya but you flip it out and look at the back, you’ll see a full spread of Valentino’s latest ad campaign with an all-white cast.

I dunno. Enough rambling from me. I’m just glad Vogue Italia showed everyone that “it” (whatever it may be) could be done.


  1. Hopefully, I will live to see the day where there will be Vogue Asian style as well.
    I live in Scandinavia and the blonde look are way overrated. (Okay, my husband is blonde but still…)

  2. I have the magazine and I was appalled to see pale faces all and up thru the ads! What, the advertisers couldn’t get one person of color? That is total BS and I will write and call each one about their racist bias ignorance and jealousy they have of diversed looking models. Then I will mail them a copy of their ad with a black models face pasted on the body of the white model!!!!!!!!

  3. I think it’s because lots of new money (aka the Russians) are white (and then the yellow ones want to be white so that’s okay with them). When there are more rich black people, fashion houses, ad agencies, etc will eventually cater to them.

  4. marko jakob

    yuck that naomi! nobody should be buying magazines with her on the cover! shes a bad person! (spitting on a police office, throwing a cellphone to a poor helper). Shes an animal which turned into a human being! a faT COW!!! A BLACK FAT COW! YUCK NAOMI! GO HOME!

  5. Have you seen/heard of Uptown magazine? that’s one publication where everything – staff, editorials, articles, and yes, ADS – feature nothing but blacks – for blacks, by blacks. :) hehe. so there, somebody’s really REALLY done ‘it’. cheers!

  6. aquiliusdecor

    it is an atrocity, because there are beautiful models that come in all colors. i do wish there were more colors in these ads though…

  7. Does anyone know how i can get a copy of the Italian Vogue. I know it is limited. I’m in Houston TX and and desperate.

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