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The Life Rhapsodic by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue US March 2011

Norman Jean Roy’s The Life Rhapsodic takes some of industry’s top black models and swaths them in bohemian inspired looks for the spring. Styled by Edward Enninful, beauties Ajak Deng, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa, Chanel Iman and Anais Mali give high energy performances in colorful looks from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli and Yves Saint Laurent alongside celebrity subjects.

See the behind-the-scenes film on Vogue.com










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26 Comments

  1. Clara

    March 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    i love that black models are finally being used,but would it be so hard to ever put them together with models of other races?

    • Eva

      March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I would agree with that, for sure, in general, but I think this shoot was supposed to celebrate black models and culture.
      But definitely, especially with the statistic released that the 2011 seasons were the least diverse since 2008, we need to see more than just a few select editorials and runways with black, and other-than-white, models.

    • New Decent

      March 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      It’s good to see black women and men together looking worthy of each other. Too often the “fashion world” avoids this as if it’s a threat.

    • New Decent

      March 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      It’s good to see black women and men together looking worthy of each other. Too often the “fashion world” avoids this as if it’s a threat.

    • New Decent

      March 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      It’s good to see black women and men together looking worthy of each other. Too often the “fashion world” avoids this as if it’s a threat.

      • tie

        March 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

        yeah..pretty cool combination if they both wear black..

      • tie

        March 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

        yeah..pretty cool combination if they both wear black..

  2. Clara

    March 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    i love that black models are finally being used,but would it be so hard to ever put them together with models of other races?

  3. Vittoria

    March 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    All of these women are beautiful but we don’t see enough of them! Ridiculous.

  4. Vittoria

    March 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    All of these women are beautiful but we don’t see enough of them! Ridiculous.

  5. Tayma-Zipporah

    March 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    This is lovely!

  6. rachel gilman

    March 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    bravo!

  7. rachel gilman

    March 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    bravo!

  8. Noppy

    March 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    the models and clothing are stunning. they give so much life to the clothes…now if Harper’s Bazaar could cast as well as Vogue….

  9. Linda

    March 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic editorial!
    Ajak’s smile looks like it can light up the room

  10. Linda

    March 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic editorial!
    Ajak’s smile looks like it can light up the room

  11. Stephen Dimmick

    March 5, 2011 at 2:25 am

    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY

  12. Ioann

    March 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Wow, Chanel Iman looks great. Actually, they all do. …And Ajak Deng looks so much like Alek Wek

  13. Plami

    March 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Gorgeous!!! So happy and Natural!!! Chanel looks amazing! :)

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

  14. rotimi ariwoola

    March 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    ok the video is awesome! its crazy how beautiful these girls and some are so blind to see because of certain stupid mentalities *sigh*
    and i do agree races should be mixed up in editorials instead of the segregation that has been taking place recently, but i think this editorial in particular is celebrating black models like @EVA said

    http://www.thingsilike-rotex.blogspot.com

  15. Sequin Gown

    March 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve seen the making of of this editorial and they seemed to be having so much fun..the good part is that the pictures pass the same fun feeling.

  16. Georgia

    March 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Joan Smalls is Puerto Rican, Arlenis Sosa is Dominican – Anna Wintour made a blunder in the past, calling Joan Smalls (Hispanic) and Jourdan Dunn (British) African American. It’s great to see these girls in magazines, but dialogue about race and ethnicity needs to be more thoughtful, and models ‘of color’ need to stop being ghetto-ized/segregated. C’mon now …

  17. Georgia

    March 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Joan Smalls is Puerto Rican, Arlenis Sosa is Dominican – Anna Wintour made a blunder in the past, calling Joan Smalls (Hispanic) and Jourdan Dunn (British) African American. It’s great to see these girls in magazines, but dialogue about race and ethnicity needs to be more thoughtful, and models ‘of color’ need to stop being ghetto-ized/segregated. C’mon now …

  18. Charlie

    March 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    you had me at john legend.

    http://charliechanges.blogspot.com

  19. Charlie

    March 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    you had me at john legend.

    http://charliechanges.blogspot.com

  20. Aussie Ties

    June 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

    the models and clothing are stunning. they give so much life to the
    clothes…now if Harper’s Bazaar could cast as well as Vogue….

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