By: Fatmé Fahda – Spring 2015 Almost SEVENTY years since the founding of Dior’s label, we finally get to witness a black model as the face of the label. And they chose none other than the “Fashion Icon of The Year,” American pop star, Rihanna. We’ve seen her in the front rows, season after season, but Rihanna has finally become a Dior girl.
“It feels fantastic. It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color. I think to be acknowledged by Dior means a lot, as a woman, to feel beautiful — to feel elegant and timeless.” -Rihanna tells MTV
She hopes that this campaign will help to empower models of all races in the fashion industry. However, it seems as though I’m the only one who is a little upset it took so long? A black model as the face of Dior should not be as historic as this news seems to be. Is this proof that fashion still has a race problem? In an interview with the Daily Beast, Beverly Johnson, first black supermodel to cover Vogue in 1974 says,
“I’m elated. I guess it’s better late than never. Welcome to the 21st century.”
Nonetheless, I am very happy to see advancements in the industry. Dior has made a great choice by selecting Rihanna, who has proven herself to be a style icon with a daring sense of fashion. I adore Rihanna, just as much as I J’adore Dior!