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How To Display A Black Woman On A Cover

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Oh, Miss Anna… I’m coming for you again. You and the photographer Annie Leibovitz are in a quagmire aren’t you? People are still writing and writing about that King Kong cover you did for your April Shape issue. What was once something that only seemed to matter in the blogoshere is now major news. Even The Today Show did a segment on this. Basically, y’all done f-ed up!

I found the above picture of Jennifer Hudson in a recent photo-shoot. I’d love to know what magazine will feature this photo. Please note: When placing black women and black men for that matter on the cover of your magazine you don’t have to make us look menacing, hulking, scary, silly, dumb, or less than. Yes, Lebron is a basketball player but he’s not the dude on the block and Vogue isn’t F.E.D.S.magazine. Lebron looks like an ape on your cover. Is that what you were going for? Well, if not, that’s what it looks like. Listen, we already look beautiful. Just get us decent clothes and a proper stylist and let-us-WORK!!! Take a look at the Vogue website, they seem to be using a better photo. Now why couldn’t this photo be used?

By the way doesn’t J-Hud look beautiful? This is a cover shot!

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Where are the Ethnic Models? Ajuma Nasenyana’s right here!

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Ajuma Nasenyana was born in Kenya in 1984. Her look is so striking, but honestly you probably haven’t seen much of her unless you have been to London Fashion week or read French Vogue.  For some reason many designers, agencies and magazines don’t want to use her or other ethnic models. But when Ajuma does get to strut down the catwalk she is unbelievable.  Check out Ajuma in this youtube video. The video is pretty long, but she’s at 3:02.

In 2003, Ajuma won Miss Tourism Kenya and was actively scouted and articles were written about her.  Wikipedia states:

“Gamma photo agency came to Kenya to do a story on [the Surazuri Agency’s] scouting work and were so taken with the 5’10 beauty that she became the main feature of the story, which late ran in Gala Magazine, France. The pictures that were taken on this shoot were to provide the basis for Nasenyana’s portfolio, and these were duly presented to top international agency Ford Models, who signed her up for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Competition.”

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