5 Black Fashion Icons
On the cusp of New York Fashion Week 2011, we wanted to acknowledge a few of our favorite Black icons who are vital and indispensible to the fashion industry. There are hundreds more, but these five have truly "changed the game" and paved the way for the many designers, editors, supermodels, stylists and authors of color who will continue to follow in their footsteps.
Andre Leon Talley
Anna Wintour's right hand man and contributing editor for Vogue, Talley has been an important and recognizable fixture in the fashion industry for several years. Most recently, he joined the panel of judges for America's Next Top Model.
The mastermind behind Diddy's shiny suits and Missy's garbage bag get-up in her music video for "Supa Dupa Fly," Ambrose helped shape hip-hop glamour in the '90s. She continues to work as a stylist to the celebs and a star in her own right, and is the author of the book Effortless Style.
Iman is easily one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world. From her discovery in
1975 to her illustrious career as a supermodel and cosmetic line and more, Iman is definitely an inspiring success story.
Tracy Reese is an iconic designer and role model for aspiring designers everywhere. Her line is full of feminine pieces with the perfect balance of structure and pretty, just right for the modern woman. She's also collaborated with companies such as Sally Hansen, Keds and Hue.
Kimora Lee Simmons
Former supermodel, and the brains behind "Baby Phat," Kimora Lee Simmons worked extensively in Paris for Chanel at the age of 13! Now a wife, mother and business mogul, she has her own high-end KLS Collection and has coined the term "fabulosity," which is also the title of her 2006 book on how to be stylish and successful in every aspect of life.