We've talked about recent increases in models of color in editorial and on the runway. But in the long run, nothing's going to change until they start booking major ad campaigns. Images of Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent have already been released, and now we have two new developments to celebrate. First, Jourdan Dunn (pictured below) has signed on for the Topshop Fall 2008 campaign, another major development in her skyrocketing career. I'd love to see Dunn rise to become fashion's new 'it girl' (I think we could all use a bit of a break from Mr. Aggy Deyn).
And second, Arlenis Sosa Peña (pictured below in the Oscar de la Renta Resort 2009 show) has been announced as one of the new faces of Lancôme. This is big big news. Non-white women are still overwhelmingly under-represented in the field of beauty. With skin whiteners growing in use around the world, the occasional Estée Lauder ad featuring Liya Kebede just isn't enough. Hopefully this new trend will continue to pick up momentum. Can you imagine Lakshmi Menon for Chanel Beauté or Sessilee Lopez for Prada Ready to Wear?