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6 Black Models Taking Over the Runway

Despite recent controversies with Black models, there are still burgeoning African-American models like Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Lais Ribeiro paving the way for women of color. Their journeys have served as inspirations for others who strive to walk in their stilettos. Check out our list of a few faces we hope to continue to see on fashion billboards and magazines in the near future.

6 Top African American Models

Nyasha Matonhodze

The Zimbabwe-born model made a name for herself when at the age of 16 she became the spokesmodel Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter campaign. Whether it’s runways or the cover of top fashion magazines, Nyasha continues to kill the catwalk for leading designers.

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6 Top African American Models

Leomie Anderson

This chocolate beauty was one of the models for Rihanna for River Island’s debut fashion show. This runway killer manages to let her presence be known, but also shines light on the lack of Black models in the industry. The 22-year-old wrote a letter to the Sunday Times in the UK about thee lack of color in the runway.

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6 Top African American Models

Ubah Hassan

This 25-year-old has been familiar with the fashion world since the age of 17. In 2007 she inked a contract with Click Management and two years later became the face of Ralph Lauren’s pre-fall line. She was also featured in the Black Issue of Italian Vogue’s 2008 issue. A versatile type of model, Ubah has adorned the catwalk for Betsey Johnson, Rachel Roy, and Oscar de la Renta.

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6 Top African American Models

Julia Sarr-Jamois

Julia Sarr-Jamois not only models, but also balances being a stylist and fashion editor at Wonderland magazine. Recently, she adorned her puffy-afro for Tibi’s spring/summer 2012 campaign.

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6 Top African American Models

Lyndsey Scott

From Calvin Klein to Vera Wang, Lyndsey Scott works with the best of the best. As part of the Calvin Klein fall collection, the then 19-year-old broke onto the fashion scene, adding to her achievements in ad campaigns for DKNY and editorial spreads in Italian Elle and W.

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6 Top African American Models

Melodie Monrose

The Martinique beauty took her island roots from the relaxing beaches to the hustle and bustle of the runways. In September 2010, she walked for designers such as Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Max Azria. But her stride didn’t stop there—she also strutted for Gucci, Missoni and Prada the same month. The 21-year-old has appeared in Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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