…Inside The Black Man's World


March 18, 2012

Black Male Models

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The fashion industry has long been criticized for its lack of diversity on the fashion runways and in advertising media.  Each season Black female models like Naomi Campbell have been vocal about the issue often criticizing the industry for its lack of diversity.  In 2008 Vogue Italia dedicated an entire issue to black models but of course, they were all female.

It’s been a long time since a Black male model has gained worldwide fame and made a name for himself the way Tyson Beckford did.  How many of us can name a Black male model today?  Not many.  But they are out there.  Often modelling isn’t a career that men usually think of as something to aspire to.  Especially black men.  It has often been associated with being a career for men who are feminine and lack any masculinity.  But that’s not true.  Modelling is all about a look, attitude and image.   Either you’ve got it or you don’t.  It’s also a great way to launch a career that opens doors to other areas of media, design and entertainment.  Just look how Djimon Hounsou and Boris Kodjoe transitioned from model to actor.

Will Lemay

I remember working on a couple of fashion shows with Will in Toronto back in the day before he made it big.  Leaving Toronto opened up the doors for his career and he became one of the top male models in the world.  He is perhaps one of the most consistent doing both runway and advertising campaigns.  He’s worked for some of the biggest names in fashion; Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and  Sean John.  He’s appeared and commercials including Mercedes-Benz and most recently was in the film Jumping The Broom.

Armando Cabral

Armando Cabral

It’s a wonder why Portuguese-born Armando Cabral is not a household name by now the same way Tyson was.  He’s been modelling since 2001.  He’s worked for Louis Vuitton, Dior, Kenzo, H&M and he has now ventured into the world of design with his own shoe collection.


Rob Evans

He’s from the U.K. and has worked for Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier.


Isaac Sullivan

This Ohio native was working as a production assistant on the television program Dancing With The Stars.  After being signed to Boss Models in New York he has appeared in ads for Banana Republic and he’s worked the runways for Givenchy, Armani and Sean John.


David Agbodji

Proof that African men still got it when it comes to the business, David Agbodji is a Paris-born, Nigerian native who has appeared in fashion spreads for GQ, Vogue Paris and V Magazine.  He was also the face for Calvin Klein in 2010.  He’s also strutted on the runway for Vivienne Westwood


Corey Baptiste

From Brooklyn, NY, this man has already done so much at a young age.  Barely 21, he’s already worked for DKNY, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, John Galliano, Benetton and Missoni.


About the Author

Ivy Prosper is a freelance writer, public speaker and television reporter and host. Her work has been featured in various publications including ehow.com, BizComb Magazine, and on her fashion blog styleandcultureblog.com. Through her career she has worked in fashion buying, design and as a fashion model. She has also worked in television as a Host, Reporter and script-writer.




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