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WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER ISSUE! WELCOME TO HOLIDAY 2019! This season we were inspired by the iconic photographer HELMUT NEWTON. His images has always been a favorite of mine because of their sexual undertones that still remained sophisticated. This year we wanted to give you a modern streamlined Holiday thats glamorous without being too glitzy, sexy without being raunchy. For this issue we chose 3 very young models that reflects the trending look of african features and a youthful vibe. @linowilson from @selectmodels, will make his Paris debut very soon as he has signed but a few months to an agency. @delarthemodel also reflects whats happening in the industry ,Black models with a darker complexion and african features ruling the catwalk. It goes back to the 1980’s and 90’s when models like Mounia, Katoucha, Khadijah, Anna Fiona were stars. They were the top runway models in Paris and worked in the cabines of Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Ungaro. Those are the girls who paved the way for African American models like Veronica Webb, Beverly Peele and Naomi Campbell. I recently heard of a coffee table book that’s just been published crediting the aforementioned. Nevertheless the African girls that paved the way didn’t work in the US as their skin were darker .The American girls got all the credit. Yves Saint Laurent and Hubert de Givenchy loved them for their grace and sophistication. And here we are today as history is repeating itself. I chose @kate_sutton12 because she is 6ft tall and only 14yrs old and looks very much like Bella Hadid.Therefore throwing our sexual innuendos out the door. Nevertheless we got some amazing images with edits from my favorite stores. Blake Chicago, Elements Chicago , George Greene ,Neiman Marcus and of course Saks Fifth Avenue. Thank you. This Portfolio photographed by Akin Girav. Hair and Makeup by Debbie Jacks, @debbiejacks assisted by Dana Hamed @muadana. Assistant Fashion Editor @Shakarilaws, all @distinctartists. Manicurist, Brea Oneil Porter @its_justbe using CND. Fashion Editor-Yours Truely. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! “TELL THEM I SENT YOU”

DOLCE GABBANA dotted pussy bow blouse and wool trouser at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. EUGENIA KIM wool felt hat at NEIMAN MARCUS.

BURBERRY belted trench coat with metal embellishment at NEIMAN MARCUS.

GIVENCHY Prince of Wales check double breasted jacket , trouser and blouse and CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN patent stiletto all at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN sleeveless jacket and draped leather skirt at NEIMAN MARCUS.

CHRISTIAN DIOR crochet long dress with draped collar at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. JIL SANDER lace up anklet boot at BLAKE, Chicago

PACO ROBANNE shift dress with octagonal paillettes at BLAKE, Chicago . AGNELLI leather glove at ELEMENTS, Chicago.

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