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British Model Jourdan Dunn Makes History on Forbes Richest Models List.

Whilst 34-year-old German-Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen ranks highest on the list with earnings amassing to $47 million, before taxes and fees, over the past 12 months, 24-year-old Dunn isn’t doing too badly for herself with earnings of $4 million at this stage of her career, and being in an industry heavily dominated by white models - something Dunn has been vocal about.

Another reason to celebrate Dunn’s feature on this of 21 models, who made $142 million between in the past year, is that Dunn is the first black British model to ever enter the Forbes richest models list.

Before you bring up Naomi Campbell’s name, though she made a considerable amount of money during her peak days as both a runway and editorial model in the 90s and early 2000s, Forbes invented this list in 2006 after Naomi’s hey-day in the fashion industry. The list is put together based on a model’s earnings from fashion-related jobs and endorsements over the past 12 months. American model Joan Smalls was the only other black model to make the cut. Liu Wen and Adriana Lima*, who came in at number 3, make up the non-white models on the list.

However, despite the glitz and glamour that surrounds the life of a model, most models don’t get paid for runway gigs or editorial features and, according to Forbes, opportunities with top haute couture brands may not always pay as much as we think they do.

See the full list here.

(image via thelivepost)

*Lima identifies as both Afro-Brazilian and Mixed-race.

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Style Inspiration: Siki Msuseni Elle SA Style Diary.

Cape Town-based fashion insider Siki Msuseni let’s us into her wardrobe for five days and gives us these five fabulous outfits!

Photos by: Niquita Bento.

(via ELLE SA)

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Lookbook for Either Way LA collaboration with artist Dane Johnson.

These hand-painted Dane Johnson garments modeled by Achok Majak are a perfect blend of youth and timelessness; the bold prints, a reminder of childhood and carefree sensibilities, the cuts and silhouettes, an echo of the flair and necessity of classic staples.

Makes the collection seem fit for anyone, regardless of age.

Mari Agory for Cedric Charlier Pre-Fall 2014.

Vintage cover photos of magazines that catered specifically to black women. 

"La Parisienne" - INYU Summer 2014 Collection Lookbook.

Inyu's latest summer collection, “La Parisienne”, merges classic carefree Parisian cosmopolitan feminine chic with bold wax print patterns that gives each garment a day-and-night wear flexibility.

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LEMLEM Pre-Fall 2014 Collection.

Modeled by Ajak Deng, the latest from Lemlem (a surprisingly affordable label, considering) can be describes as laid-back cool with subtle hints of masculinity that mixes breezy striped tunics, tie-dyed fabrics and loose chinos with classic unisex footwear.

Founded in 2007 by model, spokeswoman and entrepreneur Liya Kebede, Lemlem (which means ‘bloom’ or ‘flourish’ in Amharic) was born out of a need to inspire economic independence in Ethiopia and to preserve the art of weaving. Noticing that traditional weavers in her home country were losing their jobs due to a decline in demand for their art, Kebede established the label as a way of addressing this void and preserving an important part of Ethiopian history.

All items are handmade in Ethiopia from natural cotton.

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Some of my favourite Lupita Nyong’o magazine covers.

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"True Blues" - Tika Sumpter photographed by Nicholas Routzen and styled by Jason Rembert for Essence Magazine’s August 2014 issue.

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Lupita Nyong’o Covers Elle France’s July 2014 Summer Issue.

Despite there only being three picture, the best thing about these shots are how bold, positive, vibrant and unapologetic Lupita comes across in these photos. Too often, mainstream women’s magazine have women repeating the similar poses, with expressions we’ve seen time and time again, and with the same reserved or forlorn look in their eyes.

Lupita wears Giambattista Valli and was photographed by by Alexi Lubomirski.

(images via arthaemisia)

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Awa Ceesay & Binx Walton for Balmain Resort 2015.

Binx Walton models pieces from the Balmain Resort 2015 lookbook collection.

“When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I …” she pauses. “I just had all of these different things inside me.”

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"I identify with Sade and Kate Bush and Erykah Badu, who are artists but on their own terms."

Solange Knowles looking all types of summertime fine in her cover shoot and spread for Lucky Magazine’s August 2014 issue.

"Iron Maiden" - Herieth Paul for Du Jour Magazine.

Tanzanian model Herieth Paul makes lame and sequins look badass in this shoot for Du Jour.

Photographed by Bjarne Jonasson, the Tina Chai-styled editorial has Paul looking like a chic tomboy femme with a sporty and slightly androgynous edge.

Herieth wears the likes of Lanvin, Dior, DKNY and Armani.