Friday, February 20, 2009

Vintage Photo of the Week

This photo is from Revlon's 1989 "The Most Unforgettable Women In The World Wear Revlon" ad campaign, featuring pioneering supermodels Beverly Johnson, Louise Vyent and Iman. This ad is LEGENDARY in the fashion world. For the first time, three Black models starred in a major cosmetics ad.

I love, love, LOVE this ad! It represents different facets of our beauty: Black American beauty via Ms. Johnson, African beauty via Miss Iman, and Afro-European beauty via Ms. Vyent, who is Dutch born of Surinamese descent. As a little girl, I used to stare at this pic, hoping that one day I would be as fabulous as these ladies. I'm still workin' on it! :-)



Anonymous said...

I remember this ad very well. That was an amazing campaign.

We Shall Overcome.....In Couture! said...

Anovelista --

Thanks for stopping by!

Wouldn't it be great if Revlon would do a similar campaign with today's top Black models? I could so see Liya, Jourdan, Arlenis.....etc. in a campaign.

Anonymous said...


I tore it out of the magazine and would STARE at it before I went to bed!

I guess that's why I'm in the industry now!


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!

I didn't even read the text before writing my comment!

I just saw the picture and posted the last response (re: staring at it before I went to bed)!

I then went back to the post and started reading...I was sooo confused because I thought I was reading my post! YOU DID IT TOO!

I'm glad I wasn't the only one STARING at this pic hopeful for the future...