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

Joanna Elizabeth

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Published March 4, 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 thoughts on “The Life Rhapsodic by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue US March 2011”

  1. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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. 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….

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 …

  7. 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 …

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