It is Valentine’s day and its a week after when the celebration of ‘Blackness’ was thrust into the mainstream!
Yes, Bey was back with a bang and whether you think she is ‘woke enough’ or not or ‘cashing in’ or not, one cannot deny the impact her video and song has had on the the discourse around race and the black woman, one that I found to be overwhelmingly positive in outcome – even if that outcome is that A conversation is taking place.
I started my blog in 2011 to showcase the beauty and intelligence of the Woman of Colour and feel energised by the current narrative of self love and affirmation.
I have collated some of the SS16 campaigns featuring the beautiful black women of our age.
Lupita N’Yongo for Lancôme
Lupita continues her ambassadorship with Lancôme and looks spectacular in the latest campaigns featuring the new products from the lip and foundation ranges.
Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz for Calvin Klein Jewellery and Watches
Actress, musician and model Zoë Kravitz, the daughter of (the GORGEOUS 😍😍😍) Lenny Kravitz stars in the new Calvin Klein jewellery and watches Spring 2016 campaign alongside her mother, actress Lisa Bonet of the Cosby Show/A Different World fame (and season one of a Different World on on Netflix by the way!!)
Image: Calvin Klein
With a campaign message encouraging us to enjoy and cherish the relationships that we are blessed with, the mother and daughter duo look FABULOUS…another reminder of the ‘magic of melanin’…just as the image below, which broke the internet last month did…
…yes, yes and yes!!
I love seeing these images celebrating motherhood and showcasing once again that #blackdontcrack!!!!
Jourdan Dunn for Marks and Spencer and Kate Spade
Continuing the theme of motherhood, it was great to see British model Jourdan Dunn (a who has now become a BPL staple!) announced her collaboration with Marks & Spencer’s – designing a childrenswear collection for the high-street retailer inspired by her son, Riley.
Entitled Lil’ LonDunn, a play on the model’s name, the 22-piece range is for boys and girls aged five to 16 and is described as “an urban, upbeat collection”.
Jourdan continiues to win accross the pond as she leads the Kate Spade Spring 2016 campaign along side Iris Apfel, Anh Duong, Robert W. Richards, Syrie Moscowitz, Karly Sciortino and Jon Batisste.
Bring on the spring!
Lineisy Montero for Zara
Lineisy Montero, the Dominican Republican beauty is the face of the Zara SS16 campaign.
Since bursting onto the modelling scene when she walked for Prada in their AW15 show, Montero’s natural TWA has shaken up the industry – much to her surprise. In a recent interview in ID magazine she states that she didn’t realise the massive step forward she initiated in fashion’s perception of black female beauty…
“I didn’t expect this impact, I am just Lineisy Montero, a young girl from Santo Domingo. My hair has never been a question, it’s always been natural. I didn’t do anything special except walking in the shows. I see now that is a big thing for the fashion industry so I am of proud of it. If it changes the mentality in the business for models like me I would be very happy.”
Her advice for others who want to say to those who wish to follow in her footsteps?
“Stay natural and real! Trust in yourself and in God.”
I couldn’t agree more!
Aligning with the global strategy, the new creative campaign and tagline, “Taste the Feeling” has been rolled out. The UK and Europe Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto states that:
“Taste the Feeling” will bring to life the idea that drinking a Coca-Cola – any Coca-Cola – is a simple pleasure that makes everyday moments more special. While Coke’s award-winning “Open Happiness” campaign leaned heavily on what the brand stands for over the last seven years, “Taste the Feeling” will employ universal storytelling with the product at the heart to reflect both the functional and emotional aspects of the Coca-Cola experience.”