Diversity in fashion has always been a trending topic, whether from a celebratory perspective, a progressive cause, or a sore subject.

Lately, diversity has made certain strides, with more representation across all fields. But these progressive developments are fairly recent and we still have a quite a ways to go. for a black model in an age where cultural acceptance was a new and revolutionary concept. 

For a black model in an age where cultural acceptance was a new and revolutionary concept, the odds of work were only just becoming promising. Time has resurrected photos from black models, newly cast and represented, juxtaposed against an interview with model Charlene Dash, one of the early black models to initiate and witness the new movement towards diversity. 

Dash looks back affectionately at the memories her model career afforded her, with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry:

 

“I went to see [Diane Vreeland] and she was just like everything you’d read about. She was very dramatic. She had two pairs of glasses. “Come closer,” she’d say, and she’d put on one pair, and then “go back” and she’d put on another. She wrote down an address and said to be at that address next week. That turned into six pages in Vogue.”


“When I left I ran into another model and said that I’d gone to see Gideon and she said, ‘Oh, he’s nice,’ and she described him — I said, ‘That’s not who I saw! She said, ‘You saw Avedon!’ And he booked me.””It wasn’t that I was doing anything special, but it was the right time at the right place and I didn’t even know what I was wandering into. It was wonderful. I have good memories.”


“It wasn’t that I was doing anything special, but it was the right time at the right place and I didn’t even know what I was wandering into. It was wonderful. I have good memories.”

 

All photos and quotes can be found in the full interview here.

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