The culture of fashion: Supreme Models docuseries
Oh, how I’ve loved watching Douglas Keeve’s Supreme Models docuseries on YouTube over the last few weeks. Shown on Vogue’s YT channel, it documents the story of models of colour, from Donyale Luna in the 1960s to Jazzelle Zanaughtti today. And revisits some of my favourites from the past, including Veronica Webb, Sesilee Lopez and Pat Cleveland.
A special mention goes to Lois Samuels, who I remember painting in gouache on a piece of A2 pinned to my wall, reproduced from the pages of Elle circle 1989. I didn’t know her name at the time, but I instantly recognised her megawatt smile on the screen. Here she is (above) in an old Calvin Klein campaign.
Also, don’t miss the inspirational Bethann Hardison’s account of creating the ‘Black Girl’s Coalition‘ and of the legendary 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show. Bethann is featured in my book, Face Values* and her story is worthy of its own book and documentary (which are in the works).
Watch Supreme Models here.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Lois Samuels /Calvin Klein
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