Vogue Paris is known to have rather monotonous covers. Month after month, the same alien-like models, all with pasty white complexions, parade across it’s pages like robots. This is the reason, while browsing the magazine aisle at Barnes & Noble, the May issue immediately jumped off the shelf and into my shopping bag. Supermodel Liya Kebede is the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue Paris in five years- and she couldn’t look more fabulous. With fearless curls, natural makeup, and a technicolor Dior Haute Couture jumpsuit, Kebede’s incredible radiance breathes life into the French magazine’s stuffy spreads. Her feature in Vogue Paris represents the fashion industry’s progress in racial diversity. More black women than ever are receiving ad campaigns, walking major runways, and appearing in editorials. Fashion still has a ways to go, but empowered women like Kebede are pushing it forward. Aside from her career as a model, Liya Kebede maintains equally successful positions as a fashion designer, actress, and maternal health activist. She was the first black Esteé Lauder spokeswoman and even served as a muse to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. From Tom Ford’s final show for Gucci to Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton, The Chic Peak is celebrating Liya Kebede’s remarkable stamp on fashion history with a look back at her greatest appearances on the catwalk.
Dior Spring/Summer 2004 Haute Couture, Valentino Fall/Winter 2004, Gucci Fall/Winter 2004; Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2006, Lanvin Fall/Winter 2008, Ralph Lauren Fall/ Winter 2008, Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2008, Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2013, Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014, Dior Fall/Winter 2014 Haute Couture