Super exciting news to share, I am a contributor to Vogue Italia's, Vogue Black.
It all started when I received an email from the oh-so coveted magazine last December asking if I was interested in contributing to this new site focusing on black beauty and fashion. I eagerly accepted and immediately got busy working on this amazing opportunity. And then finally the site when live!
My first post went up on Wednesday, and despite the fact that the photos nor the links were chosen by me I was purely excited to see my piece on a Vogue site. Of course this is new for all involved so there are a few minor things that need to be worked out like my bio page and a more obvious link to Fly. Aside from those small details I feel truly honored to have this opportunity to showcase talents and beauty so often overlooked by the fashion industry. Also what a great way for some bloggers of color to get some shine, we too experience struggles with being ignored and undervalued. I think it's great that Vogue Italia has taken a step towards featuring fabulous women of color in fashion as well as the curvy fashionistas. Yes indeed, they also have a new section called Vogue Curvy by Gabi of Young, Fat and Fabulous.
Patrice of AfroBella is also a contributor, and she shares the same excitement — but sadly some are not so excited. With positive news also comes negative opinions. All morning before we announced our involvement with the site we read comments, tweets, and posts asking why there's even a need for a separate section for black and curvy fashion and why is Vogue being so divisive. The reality is that there is a huge need for these sections. Without this form of recognition there wouldn't be any at all. We hope that our presence, our posts and our opinions will resonate enough to inspire much needed changes in fashion.
But enough about the negative. It's a time to celebrate this exciting news. I want to take this time to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful words of support, the positive energy and love being sent my way. I am truly grateful for your time and comments and feel so blessed to have these opportunities.
So definitely check out the site. Comment, tweet, spread the word any way you can. The only way to keep the site alive and successful is to support it — always. If you love it, say it, even if you don't like what you see, express it. That's the only way for us to know what you think (same goes for Fly). So thank you so much, I hope you enjoy the new Vogue Black!
See my first post here.
Gail Anderson, graphic designer, teacher and writer is definitely a fly woman to know. Her contributions to design are priceless, inspiring and everlasting. She studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and later designed spreads for Rolling Stone. In 2004 Gail left the magazine for a creative director position at SpotCo, where she now designs theater posters and other print material for major Broadway shows. Gail also teaches graphic design at SVA.
I had the lovely opportunity to meet her during a graduate design workshop when I was in grad school. It was such a pleasure having access to that wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about design. To learn more read this article about her career on the AIGA website.