Model City Wraps Up With Fashion Week Finish

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I shared deets when “Model City” was premiering, so why wouldn’t I now that the season is ending?

April 1, 8 p.m. marks the eighth and final episode of the reality show’s first season on CENTRIC.

After taking us inside the very colorful lives of Ibrahim, Wendell, Nelson, Henry, Zeric and Salieu, the season will end with the guys ripping the runway at New York Fashion Week.

CENTRIC says Tyson Beckford will also put in an appearance in a mentorship role. Wendell is also tipped to finally confront Ibrahim about their past issues.

If you missed a few episodes and need to catch up before Wednesday,check out the Model City web site.


Fashion Face-Off, Tim Gunn at Bravo Awards Show

Bravo will host “The A-List Awards” on April 15. (Btw, that’s tax day!)

Kathy Griffin will host the show, which kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Now for the exciting part.

Tim Gunn will co-host a special red carpet pre-show, which airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Who’s gonna be there?

A whole posse of stars, whose looks we’ll want to check out.

Gwen Stefani, Tori Spelling, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Kelly Rowland, and Tyson Beckford.

Rafael Saadiq is carded to perform.

Also, for the first time ever, Housewives from all three Bravo series–Orange County, New York City and Atlanta–will meet up for a fashion face-off for charity.

The women will team up for an interactive fashion show in which the A-List audience at home will vote to award $10,000 to the winning housewife’s charity of choice.

You’ll be able to text which housewife you think deserves to win, or go online on for video, photo galleries and to vote for your favorite.

In case you missed them last year, the Awards celebrate the best in food, fashion, beauty, design and pop culture.

M.A.C Signs on with THISDAY

Maybe you’ve never heard of THISDAY, but I’m sure you’ve heard of M.A.C.

In an awesome responsible corporate citizenship move, the makeup company has teamed up with THISDAY’s Africa Rising all star-event.

Christina Aguilera and Seal will headline a star-studded line up from the world of music and fashion, including folks like Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Tyson Beckford, Oluchi and Liya Kebede.

The M.A.C PRO Team will be on hand to create the looks for over 70 models, including Naomi and Alek, for a mind-blowing, four catwalk shows during this special evening.

Africa Rising is designed to raise awareness for African issues by finding “sustainable solutions” rather than by simply identifying the “problems” facing the continent.


THISDAY comes off tomorrow at the Royal Albert Hall, London.


The Black Models Debate Rages On

We ♥ the fact that this issue is getting so much attention.

And now fashion thought leader and New York Times writer, Cathy Horyn, takes a look at the dilemma of the diminishing number of minority models on the runway.

RACIAL prejudice in the fashion industry has long persisted because of tokenism and lookism. “We already have our black girl,” says a designer to a fashion-show casting agent, declining to see others. Or: “She doesn’t have the right look.” Laziness, paranoia and pedantry may also have something to do with the failure to hire black models for shows and magazine features in any meaningful number, but, hey, that’s just a guess.


A decade ago the thing to deplore was the stereotyping of black models by dressing them in African-inspired clothes (or the Asian girls in kimonos). This at least gave work to minority models, but it also encouraged a Western view of African culture of the many-bangles-many-beads variety.

O.K., so fashion ain’t deep. It looks into a mirror and sees …itself. The irony in fashion is that it loves change but it can’t actually change anything. It can only reflect a change in the air. But what changes fashion? What would finally move American designers to include more black models on their runways? That 30 percent of the country is nonwhite? That black women spend $20 billion a year on clothes? That an African-American is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party?

The answer is the individual eye.

In fashion, one of the most influential eyes belongs to the photographer Steven Meisel. His pictures have caught an America basking in the earnest, self-reflected glow of celebrity and money. He has taken innumerable risks, especially with “Sex,” the 1992 volume he did with Madonna, that have paid off with a career that allows him to do whatever he wants.

And he has almost lovingly photographed some of the world’s beautiful women, tapping into their psyches, connecting with them on a human level, while transforming them into fashion deities.

As the model Veronica Webb, who first worked with Mr. Meisel 20 years ago, said: “Steven knows every single tic, every talent that every girl has. He just pulls it out of them.”


For the July issue of Italian Vogue, Mr. Meisel has photographed only black models. In a reverse of the general pattern of fashion magazines, all the faces are black, and all the feature topics are related to black women in the arts and entertainment. Mr. Meisel was given roughly 100 pages for his pictures. The issue will be on European newsstands next Thursday and in the United States soon after.

Read the full article.