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The times they are a-changing…slowly

Islandistas, you would recall that last season, we highlighted the fight for more diversity in runway casting, which was being led by fashion industry insider Bethann Hardison and strongly backed by the likes of Iman and uber-islandista Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn. Hardison promised then that “this is just round one” after sending a round of […]

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Rihanna covers March Vogue but we have some questions…

She’s once, twice and now three times a Vogue cover model and this time the Bajan superstar is covering US Vogue’s second biggest edition of the year- the spring fashion issue.

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Islandista on the rise: the versatile Naomie Harris

When the red carpet season gets started next Sunday, January 12 with the Golden Globe Awards, expect to start seeing a lot of islandista actress Naomie Harris. With her strong Jamaican mother and (sadly absent) Trinidadian father, Naomie has been on our our radar at Islandista for years now. However, it is in the last […]

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Islandista on the Rise: Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams

So there we were browsing through Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 listing when we got an Islandista inkling. It’s kind of like Spidey sense but only goes off for the fabulous and Caribbean. Something about the lady with big smile and big curly hair just struck us, even though there was nothing especially telltale about the […]

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Jourdan Dunn shares her teenaged insecurity in insightful new interview: “I’d look in the mirror and hate myself”

In a wide-ranging and really insightful interview with The UK Guardian’s new magazine The Fashion, our favourite islandista model Jourdan Dunn got raw and real about becoming a teen mom, racism in the fashion industry and how insecure she felt about her tall, thin frame as a young girl. On racism in the industry: “I […]

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Islandista supermodels call for more diversity on the catwalks

Jamaican-Brit supermodels Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn have added their voices to Bethann Hardison’s call for more diversity on the catwalks at the Big Four fashion weeks. Coming off the runway after the Jason Wu show at New York Fashion Week (one of the few shows to really display diversity but Wu knows how his […]

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New York Fashion Week islandista spotting & Bethann Hardison’s cause is ours too!

It’s early days yet but things are looking good as islandistas have been making their presence felt on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week. Fashion industry insider and activist Bethann Hardison continued her good work with a blistering open letter sent to the fashion councils for the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks – New York […]

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Dear Tiana, your school is wrong: a letter from the islands

I had so many emotions when I saw this news clip circulating online yesterday. It is from Tulsa Oklahoma, where 7 year old Tiana was forced to change schools after being continually harassed by the school’s management over her dreadlocks. Tiana’s father Terrance Parker told Fox 23 that he was forced to make the decision […]

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The Face contest: “I don’t consider myself a black girl model”…Naomi: “WTF?!”

So one thing y’all should know – Ms. Naomi Campbell does not tek back her chat. The Jamaican-brit supermodel is outspoken as all hell, particularly on issues of race in the fashion industry. She has never hesitated to tell it like it is. Which is why it probably was not a good idea for  Devyn […]

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Former Essence EIC Constance White speaks out!

A few weeks after her departure from Essence magazine, islandista Constance White has spoken out very candidly about the problems she experienced there, saying that: “I had a certain point of view about black women being central to this magazine. The boss didn’t agree with me, and the president didn’t agree with me.” “The boss” […]