It’s Black History Month! At JustFab, we’re excited to celebrate National Black History Month by paying special recognition to the Black women, and men, who have influenced American Fashion.
Rihanna is an international style icon that transcends cultures and languages. She used her influence to launch collections with Armani and River Island. Her first television show Styled to Rock first aired in the U.K., and she recently premiered an U.S. version for Bravo.
Naomi Sims was a model and businesswoman. She was the first Black model to appear on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, and widely credited as being the first Black supermodel
Tracy Reese is a popular ready to wear fashion designer and a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her celebrity clients include First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore a custom-made Tracy Reese dress for her 2012 DNC Convention speech.
Iman is a Somali American model and business woman, who in the late 70’s reached supermodel status. She became a muse for many prominent designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Yves Saint-Laurent. in 1994 she launched her namesake cosmetics line which focused on difficult to find shades for ethnic women.
Willi Smith was an American fashion designer, regarded at the time of his death (1987) as one of the most successful young African-American designers in the industry. He designed the wedding dress worn by Mary Jane Watson when she married Peter Parker in the Spider-Man comic book and comic strip in 1987.
Liya Kebede is one of the top earning supermodels in the world, capturing many Vogue covers. In 2008. she launched Lemlem which features hand-spun, woven and embroidered women and children’s clothing.In 2013, she was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year for her philanthropic work.
Zelda Wynn Valdes was fashion designer and costumer from the early 50’s. She was famous for designing the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies. Her unapologetically sexy gowns were worn by celebrities like Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, and Mae West, just to name a few!
Anne Lowe is a fashion designer from the early 50’s. The highlight of her career was when she designed the wedding dress for Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953. Lowe’s gowns appeared with proper credit in Vogue, Vanity Fair. and Town and Country magazines throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Her clientele consisted of the upper crust of Manhattan society. In 1957 the New York Times celebrated Lowe as an expert in the field “who has been turning out impeccably dressed debutantes for twenty years…”
Naomi Campbell though British born has continued to make an impression on American culture. She established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s. Though now she is known more for her personal life than her fashion life.
Kimora Lee Simmons is a fashion mogul. After a successful career as an American fashion model, she created Baby Phat where she served as CEO and Creative Director through 2010. In 2011, she became President and Creative Director for JustFab, and continues to be our Queen Bee!