With Alek Wek
ALEK WEK Dianne von Furstenberg and I hosted, for my dear friend Alek Wek, for the launch of her book a party celebration at the new hip joint Fashionista. Alek, is the story of a girl who rose from a Sudanese refugee to become an international supermodel. This is a celebrity autobiography with apolitical punch. It provides a glimpse of the conflict in Sudan and how it affected this young woman and rose against all odds. As an African we are very proud to call her our own. Pick it up…
On the set for Rendezvous Bay
RENDEZVOUS BAY I was chosen to be the “face” of this incredible property designed by Peter Marino in Anguilla called Rendezvous Bay. Breathtaking beachfront location, world class resort design, legacy property tied to Anguilla’s most prominent family. The photos were taken by famed duo Rocco/Lespata with hair and makeup by Oscar James and Sam Fine and the result are breathtaking. If you haven”t been to Anguilla you need to check this island…. simply gorgeous!
With Liya, Naomi and Bethann Hardison
LACK OF BLACK IMAGES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY My closest friend Bethann Hardison put together a panel discussion during New York Fashion Week to discuss the lack of black models in the fashion shows. Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede, Tyson Beckford and myself were among the attendees. The situation was starkly evident during the New York shows and some say it’s worse in Europe, where most black models don’t even bother to book shows in Milan. The problem isn’t only in the modelling world: we also pointed to the scarcity of black designers, photographers and executives in the fashion industry as a major issue. Is there discrimination in the fashion business? You bet!