I-D Naomi Campbell And Stefano Pilati August 2008

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Love it or hate it, Naomi’s I-D cover with Stefano Pilati isn’t one to overlook. Inez and Vinoodh really done an outstanding job.

There’s still one tiny problem – isn’t this the same YSL’ Stefano Pilati who revealed to the world why fashion doesn’t go black anymore? Let me have a bit of remember the times: “To me, it is a matter of proportions and the bodies I choose. My fit model was a black model. When I wanted to translate what I put on her, it was a disaster. It would need 13 times more work in the atelier to modify it to put on a more Caucasian anatomy. Sometimes, it’s not your choice. You can’t find “black models” that are beautiful and with the right proportions. I prefer them with lean proportions with no big hips.” (two more pictures follow right after the jump!)

Naomi Campbell Stefano Pilati I-D August 2008 cover

Embracing him on the I-D August Cover, it’s an act of supreme forgiveness from militating Naomi. She’s trying to get us to forgive and forget? Or she’s just making peace with the devil for a $ suitcase?

Naomi Campbell Stefano Pilati I-D August 2008 Photos
(photos via tfs)


#1 Adriana on 07.10.08 at 5:04 am

Whom do we have to forgive or forget? Naomi because of her rudeness or Stefano because of his rudeness? Or is this a political correct [fashion] cover and shoot? A new trend I believe? I can be wrong of course. Who am I?
Thinking about Yves Saint Laurent, not the brand, but the man himself, who had beautiful black women as the late Katoucha as his muses and on his shows…..Has Pilati never noticed that?

These people make me sick, Stefano for his remarks, Naomi for her behavior.
Naomi doesn’t need to make peace with the devil for a $ or € suitcase……she’s soooooooo beautiful so she can do everything she wants…..She’s Naomi La Diva. I bet some die-hard fashionistas cannot wait for the upcoming Naomi duty-punishment fashion show!
Signs of our time I begin to despise. Or do I despise it yet?

#2 kpriss on 07.10.08 at 8:52 am

I think it was about Pilati’s comments that Naomi’s putting a fight for forgiveness now. At least her militating for Black models wasn’t without result. But you’re right, La Naomi can do just about everything she wants and get away with it because of her looks and status. People love her bad temper and her dubious character just because she looks good with or without clothes on. And that’s shameful for those who forget to look back in history and see what is really important and how they can improve the present (meaning Pilati’s ignorance for black beauties).

#3 Ellington on 07.10.08 at 10:11 am

What Stefano said is beyond ignorant. Naomi’s behavior is often beyond ignorant.
Sometimes I wonder if she will ever learn from her missteps, I am slowly losing hope. The only thing I can say for her is she is a great model and is very beautiful. I often wonder what she would have done it she was not graced with such looks? People let her get away with her tomfoolery because of who she is, and Stefano seems like he has the depth of a glass of water.
I love fashion and see it as an art form but it is comments like Stefano’s and behavior like Naomi’s that makes me cringe as a Black woman and as an art lover.
Other than that it is a nice cover esthetically.

#4 Daria Werbowy Vogue Paris August 2008 — StyleFrizz on 07.18.08 at 2:50 pm

[…] pictorial is all black and white signed Inez and Vinoodh and of course made by Carine Roitfeld. I like the photos. And Daria has a powerful look. She almost […]

#5 Badiane on 08.11.08 at 9:46 am

One major problem with all of this is the oft ignored self hatred. I will be EXTREMELY hard to find on the African continent many women who besides being mixed having hair which is not “crepu.” The reason soooo many women of African ascendence choose to wear weaves, perm their hair, iron it or any other altering procedure is, well because of self hatred. Often time the notion of “choice” will be presented as an answer to the prickly point. It’s a fallacious argument in more than a few ways. If you live outside of the culture and never hear women talk about how the simple natural state of their hair makes them unattractive and that they would rather accept anything (bad perm, hair loss, screwed weave) in its stead. The women around whom I grew up look nothing like many of these models who are “appealing” to those who have accepted that there is such a thing as “beauty” when all value arises out of contextual evaluation (meaning that something is this or that in FUNCTION of something else). Anyone who comes to know the inner workings of culture in countries which were colonized or occupied, knows that massive psychological damage has been done and is nearly irreparable. Aesthetics know hardly any boundaries. Contextual reality does. There is a big difference between the two.

#6 Ellington on 08.11.08 at 4:26 pm

Hello Badiane,
I have worn my hair natural, relaxed, with weaves and in braids.
I do not hate myself. I actually love me, why I do it;change my hair around is because I adore a variety of looks. Yes there is and can be an element of self hatred among women of African decent, and I have been around the sad who discuss “good hair” and “nappy hair”, with cringe inducing results, but I do not think that it is fair of you to paint everyone with the same brush and motive with why they choose to wear their hair a certain way.
What you have written could be construed into an interesting thesis and or discourse, but that is not what was up for discussion; but rather what was up for discussion :was Naomi Campbell turning her back on what she said regarding the lack of Black models being used in the fashion industry and the industry being racist, by posing with the designer Stefano Pilati who said some very ignorant things regarding Black models?

#7 Adriana on 08.12.08 at 7:09 am

I live in a country where do live a lot of blacks from the Netherlands Antilles. There are a lot of hair-salons for black hair and I know some of these girls and I’ve never noticed they hated themselves because the love to change their hair-styles frequently. To them its fun as far as I know? They are proud women too.
But I’m white with freckles and there are bleaching cremes around to get rid ‘of this ugly things’. That’s the only way I can relate to your replies. I love my freckles by the way…And I’ve a male friend whose very black. Dark. He doesn’t want to sunbath. He hates that. Is that self hate too? He sits with me in the shadow. Because I’m a pale redhead who burns easily. So are all the people that tan like they are toasted are they also filled with self-hate? Its a difficult issue. Well me and my black friend always found it amusing to sit in the shadow and avoid the sun with such opposite skin colours. Though I’ve now another reason to avoid the sun…

Back to Naomi, she’s a hypocrite. In the past she wanted to be the only black model around and made Tyra Banks life hell! I’ve not forgotten about that…..

#8 kpriss on 08.21.08 at 6:28 am

Badiane, thank you for stopping by and sharing your message. It was rather out of focus like both Adriana and Ellington already pointed out. However, in response to your discourse – I’m a white female (of ever white descendants) with wavy hair. I admit I like wearing it straight for the love of change. Since there’s the proper technique allowing me to change from wavy to straight, I do it anytime. I don’t imagine myself as an asian once I get that straight hair…

Thank you girls for standing up to the article’s point!

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