Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth
Stylist: Giulio Martinelli
Model: Jeneil Williams,Cici Ali, Ubah Hassan,
Gayle McDonald, Kelly Moreira, Jae Childs, R’el Dade,
Jasmine Tookas, Lily Taylor, and Ariel Meredith
Magazine: Vogue Italia May 2011
Images found in Vogue Italy
Great article. Great tribute.
"With bright eyes peering out under deliciously curled lashes, cheekbones and jawbones contoured as if chiseled from sharp stone, full noses, and sumptuously lush lips, black women are unquestionably beautiful. A tribute is due to the woman whose skin tone ranges from alabaster to mahogany to smooth onyx, who can flawlessly carry any makeup look—from gold dusted lids to fuchsia blush to ripe purple and pink glosses. These pages pay homage to the versatile woman whose hair can oscillate from a tightly coiled and coifed Afro, to sleek layers, to a slicked back pixie cut in a matter of minutes. To the divine woman whose enviably full lips, strong, white teeth, and delightful smile have been known to electrify the hearts of many. To the siren whose smooth, velvety skin blocks the sun yet remains supple and unblemished with the passage of time. Variable and diverse, black beauty escapes simple classification. But no matter the incarnation—whether the color of molasses, café au lait, bronze, tan, or tinged like desert sand—black beauties radiate with poise and multidimensional splendor." [Words written by Claire Sulmers for Vogue Italia, May 4, 2011].
I could not have said it any better if I tried.