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Sooo, I’ve been debating on what to post about because of all the many things that have been coming to surface. I mean Zac Posen is thinking of moving to Paris Fashion Week, I have the new print copy of Vanity Fair that we could dish about, Forbes’ list has come out for the top paid models, or one of the six online publications that I have saved on my desktop presently. There are so many other things in addition to these but as you can tell by the picture above, we’re here to discuss the new editorial that has hit the net from Interview magazine.

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So I presently am at home without 24/7 wireless access to the internet. This of course means that my already sporadic posts may become even more sporadic and I may begin to make more mostly text posts due to posting from Zeke, my phone. Because of this I checked my Google Reader yesterday and found about 200 posts in it. I dutifully began going through them all and found this editorial. I didn’t really read any of the comments because I usually don’t when I have so many posts to go through, but I did finish studying the editorial with a nasty taste in my mouth.

As you can see, the editorial features Daria Werbowy modeling among many models of African descent. Contrary to what some believe all the models aren’t black, I noticed and went searching for the name of the one Brazillian model that is featured, Lisalla Montenegro.As a black male, and hopefully future creative director, I’ve found so much wrong with this editorial that at first, I refused to comment, much like the Interview offices when asked about this editorial. Not wanting to be one of those people that I accuse of always assuming conspiracies I just waited for a while before finally saying my clip on it.

The editorial’s use of an array of models of color is commendable. I will start off by saying that. In my book though, the ends(utilizing many models of color) do not justify the means(positioning these models as if only props and a backdrop for the singular caucasian model). Not only does placement signify this, but the styling and positioning of these models suggests a dispoability that I’m not exactly comfortable with. If I only think a tad bit I could very well see chains on these models, and it has become a scene from a slave house. The sad part about it is that this technique has been used in many other editorials with many men and one singular female. The difference is that men have not historically been discriminated against and put into this position.

I am saddened that Mikael Jansson(photographer) and Karl Templer(stylist) have created an editorial that has unfolded in this manner. I’m a new subscriber to Interview and have yet to actually receive the issue that has this editorial featured in it, but I hope that somewhere there is a valid reason that these models have been used as haphazardly as “blackssessories.”

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Ross Tanner, 27, Model/Carpenter/Musician & Alice Dellal, 22, Model/Managing Partner of Dominic Jones Jewelry
“[We met] one evening at the house of a tattoo artist. I was getting something small behind my left ear, and Alice’s friend happened to be getting a tattoo, too.”-Ross Tanner

The March Issue of Interview Brings us this lovely dark editorial called Union Pack. Composed of various inseparable yet phenomenal emerging duos wearing this season’s best of British designs, the pictures and mood stroked my fancy just fine.

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Jethro Cave, 18, Model/Musician & Sophie Willing, 21, Model/Actress
“I first met Jethro about a year ago at a fashion show after-party in Australia. Then we met in London through friends at the cat & mutton pub and we’ve been together since! Falling in love with Jethro has been wild fun. he’s a very talented man.”-Sophie Willing

Alex Poots, 24, Model/Student & Imogen Poots, 20, Actress
“She’s everything I’m not, and is therefore essential to the way I construct myself.”-Alex Poots

Anna Korzun, 21, Model & Richard Frenneaux, 25, Singer/Producer
“[We met] four years ago-on Myspace of all places! Within weeks of meeting each other in person, we moved to London to be together.”– Anna Korzun