Black Male Models Only Used as Props

Sure, they're out there. But maybe not in a good way.

By Jorge Rivas Feb 16, 2011

Earlirer today’s gender blogger Akiba Solomon wrote about a new influx of Asian models on the runway at this past week’s New York Fashion Week. Urban fashion blog Fashion Bomb Daily has another trend they’ve been observing: black male models used as props in editorial fashion shoots. They point out that the only time you see black male models in beauty magazines is when they’re surrounding female models as props, and often times gazing at women lustfully.

The last time we had a black male supermodel was in the 1990’s when Tyson Beckford was headlining Ralph Lauren ad campaigns and appearing in Toni Braxton music videos. Since then you can’t even find a black male model on magazine’s Top 10 lists.

Hat tip to for posting The Fashion Bomb’s story.

Alessandra Ambrosio, Rob Evans, and TaeJahn Taylor by Matthias Vriens-McGrath for Numero Tokyo January/February 2011.

Chanel Iman for Elle Italia October 2010.

Gisele Bundchen by Sølve Sundsbø.