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Black Beauty - A Fashion Trend
Black has always been in fashion.Earlier it was limited to the wardrode and accessories, but now having a black complexion is also considered to be highly fashionable.
Black beauty is today a stylish desire. Today people are so much happy and excited at the viewpoint that black complexioned models are very happy to be a part of the black league. In earlier times black beauties and models with black complexions were not very much accepted as they say black in itself were not much in demand and weren't that popular. Life is in a different lane now of black world.

Today black colour is in vogue and in style. Black is everything and black is the colour that everybody wishes to admire. Black is something that today people who frequent to parties a lot where black colour a lot. Everyone likes Black colour. It has become a trend that black is something which has some quality and some purity. Black is considered as auspicious as white is. Black is something which is in thing of today's generation. Now the situation is such that dark and goddy colours may be rejected but a combination of black with any vibrant colour say pink or any other colour is accepted. So today, we can say that Black is in and the quote should be" Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. "

BLACK Beauty is in
From beauty queens to fashion magazines, women of color reign supreme Black beauty is in. Not too long ago, it was impossible to find a Black woman on the cover of a major White publication, and very few were found on the inside pages. That's why it is inspiring--startling, actually--to discover beautiful Black faces and bodies gracing the covers of three prominent women's publications in the same month.

And for the first time ever, Black women simultaneously reign as the country's premiere beauty queens--Miss America Debbye Turner and Miss USA Carole Gist. And not only did these young women win their state titles to qualify for the national contests, but they competed against several other Black women who won their state titles as well.

The prevalence of Black beauty queens and models is an indication that along with the '90s has come a broader defination of beauty. Society's narrow barometer of what is attractive has been expanded beyond the centuries-old white-skin, blue-eyed, blonde-hair standard to include what people of color have always known: Black is beautiful. Short and natural hair can be a woman's crowning glory. Big, luscious lips are sexually appealing. And the various shades of brown-black skin provide a beautiful showcase for any woman's assets. What is most promising is the fact that ebony-complexioned models with close-cropped hair, such as Sebastian, are being recognized for their natural beauty.

It must also be noted that 14-year-old St. Louis model Kimora, whose parents are Korean and Black, was chosen by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld to star in his show. "This girl represents the '90s," he said.
"I am proud of my heritage and happy to represent my people of color," says 20-year-old Miss USA Carole Gist of Detroit. "I think being Black is one of the advantages I had in the pageant. It made me stand out. I have a feeling that the 1990s will be the decade for women of color. I think people are waking up."

To what Black people have known all along. Since its inception in 1945, Ebony Magazine has glorified the beauty of the Black woman, and Fashion Fair Cosmetics was founded in 1973 to cater to women of color who virtually had been ignored by White companies. At the same time, Ebony also insisted that advertisers use Black models in ads targeted at reaching Black consumers.

While for decades they were caricatured in the media, the natural assets of Black women are now being recognized and glorified beyond the Black community. In articles and in interviews, beauty experts praise the virtues of full, luminous lips, and scores of advertisements tout beauty products that enhance this beauty asset. For decades White women have gone to great lengths to darken their skin, and in recent years and in increasing numbers they pay tribute to Black beauty by having surgery to enlarge their lips.

One beauty editor writes that a particular lipstick "gives lips on the thinner side a lush daytime look. For added width and fullness, form lips into an `O' and fill in corners with lip pencil." Another lipstick "looks wonderful on wider mouths."

Full-lipped Naomi Campbell, the 20-year-old, sexy supermodel of British and Jamaican descent, seems to be everywhere--on the cover of major magazines, in fashion spreads, and in feature stories as well.

Karen Alexander, the attractive 24-year-old New Jersey-reared model, has appeared on the covers of six major fashion publications, and in hundreds of ads and fashion spreads. She and fellow Black models Louise Vyent and Kara Young were profiled in an article titled "The New Top Models" with the subhead "How they'll change your beauty ideas." Only one White model was included in the article.

"Scan any magazine and one of the first things you'll notice is that the dominance of the blonde, blue-eyed model is over," the Glamour article says. What you will see more of, it continues, are "The hallmarks of a new internationalism--models with a wide variety of skintones, hair colors and facial structures." Pauline Bernatchez, president of Pauline's Model Management in New York, says there is a new appreciation of the true American melting pot. "I look for what the French call a `type'--strong features, character and a bit of mystery."

Though Black models have been popular in European publications and on the runways of Paris and Milan for years, American magazines didn't start using Black models consistently until three years ago. "I hate to call it a trend, but mainstream White America is waking up to the fact that we can sell the products," says Alexander. "Actually, they could make a lot more money if they realized how much Black consumers buy."

Campbell, who was discovered in her native London by a model agent when she was 14, says "Blacks and the ethnic look are definitely in vogue" in the industry. "Diana Vreeland [the late fashion expert] said years ago that Black models would become successful and much more in demand one day, and it has happened," says Campbell.

These models and others emphasize that while Black beauty seems to be "in" at the moment, there remains reluctance by the industry and by society in general to accept Black beauty queens and models. "In this day and age, people are beginning to realize that there is beauty in ethnicities other than blue-eyed blondes," says Gist. "But it is a `you're in today and out tomorrow' type of thing. I'm honored and proud to be the first [Black Miss USA], but I look forward to the day when being first won't be an issue."

While ethnic beauties, Black women in particular, are in vogue right now, it cannot be assumed that all barriers to acceptance have been overcome. Black consumers must make publications and advertisers aware that they expect to see more of their own beautiful faces and bodies on magazine covers, in print advertisements and in television commercials. Yes, Black beauty is in, but beautiful Black women should become a part of the standard rather than a fashionable fad.
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Posted on : 29/12/2005
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