Gazing cooly into the camera, the leading ladies of Prada’s spring/summer 2014 campaign captured the “fierce and independent spirit of the collection” with bold confidence. Juxtaposing the organized poses and ladylike stances, the models’ wild and colorful clothing proved to be the captivating factor of each shot. But something else stood out as well.
Of the 18 models shot by photographer Steven Meisel, two beauties, Cindy Bruna and Malaika Firth, are of color. Featuring faces of different backgrounds, the Italian design house’s latest campaign was a breath of fresh air in the often narrowly creative advertisements in the high fashion industry. While there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement, the campaign does give us hope that we’ll be seeing more faces of a range of ethnicities in the near future. We’d like more brands to follow in their footsteps, along with the leadership of Givenchy, which cast Erykah Badu as the face of their line this season and Balmain, which shot its spring campaign with Rihanna. After all, diversity rules.