Saturday, April 01, 2006

An April 1st to remember

The Grandassa models The Birth of the "Black is Beautiful" movement

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Natacha In BS Shirts @ Urban Fashion Festival!
It was on April first 1961 that the first large scale fashion show promoting african beauty and "black is beautiful " was held in Harlem. To Say there was resistance would be an understament! We've come a long way but have we gone the right way! There are still rumours on maximum quotas on ethnic models during fashion week. And from all reports Black designers are comfortable with it! As I sit with elders to document the history of Black fashion I am reminded that there is little new under the sun! Very little is documented about fashion in the community, almost a half century later we still are debating the pros and cons of using our models. Why? Our choice of Models should reflect our customers, or should they?Look for the story Of the Grandassa models with the inaugural issue of The Brooklyn Fashion Gallery
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