7 out of 100: Few Blacks Make TIME's '100 Fashion Icons' List
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Who was left out?
TIME magazine has put a spin on their annual 100 Most Influential list. Yesterday, they released their ultimate choices for the "All-TIME 100 Greatest Fashion Icons."
From models and muses to designers to designers and photographers, the publication went back to 1923, when the mag first launched, to pick who was (and is) most significant in the world of fashion.
But only a handful of the specially-selected were Black.
Michelle Obama was of course celebrated for being a "champion of young designers." Who could forget her decision to wear a one-shoulder white dress by then-little-known designer Jason Wu at the Inaugural Ball?
The ever-trendsetting Michael Jackson was recognized for his glittery glove and Thriller-era red leather jacket.
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Models Iman and Beverly Johnson were honored for the work they've done after retirement - a cosmetics line that caters to women of color, and a line of wigs and hairpieces, respectively - as Naomi Campbell couldn't be ignored for breaking racial barriers as the first black model on the covers of French and British Vogue.
Once one of the best paid entertainers in Europe, Josephine Baker wasn't just admired for her dancing, but for what she wore while moving - the banana outfit is unforgettable.
And finally, Robin Givhan was celebrated for becoming the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize in criticism by writing about fashion.
No mention of Gordon Parks, Tyra Banks, Andre Leon Talley, or Grace Jones were made, nor were any Black designers or brands chosen. Who do you think was wrongfully left out?
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