The most coveted fashion magazine issue for me is the famed 2008 Black Issue presented by Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and arguably one of the magazines best editor-in chiefs of all time. Ms. Sozzani believed in presenting the most difficult and controversial social issues of the day into her editorial choices and used the magazine to present a point of view beyond simply fashion. After recently watching a 2016 Netflix intimate portrait documentary – Franca: Chaos and Creation – about her extraordinary life, I have found another female muse and agent provocateur to admire.
Although this section of 3actunveiled.com is dedicated to helping women of color to appreciate their own beauty (inside and out), I cannot deny the impact of other patrons of WOMANHOOD who have supported our cause fearlessly and with actions. Ms. Sonzanni did not a such a thing and not just for women of color. She also championed women’s issues, the environment, civil rights, etc. This is my kind of WOMAN.
Determined to not just pay lip service to women of color being underrepresented in fashion, Ms. Sonzanni decided to make an entire issue featuring them. There was incredible excitement about the Black Issue back in July 2008 making it both revolutionary and fashion forward. To this day, it remains one of the most memorable and sought after fashion magazines of its time. If you don’t currently have one it will cost you a “pretty” penny as they say. Good luck finding one.
What modern song might resonate with the famed Black Issue?