In the Yoncé video that was released in 2014 with her video compilation of her self-titled album Beyoncé, she boldly features the three top Black fashion models in the world: Puerto Rican Joan Smalls, British Jourdan Dunn and American Chanel Iman. Even though these ladies have worked with each other in Vogue editorials and Victoria's Secret runway shows, it is quite challenging to have such a threesome work collectively on one project exuding an authentic comraderie. Although much progress has been made over the recent years, the fashion industry as a whole is still not quite as diversified as it should be. Whenever shows and campaigns only want to highlight one Black model at a time, it becomes naturally competitive for Black models to just simply work together. In these moments, to not allow the ugly spirit of jealousy to control the dynamics becomes often an unattainable goal.
It is so easy to be the only Black model featured because you tend to get all of the attention as the "ethnic one." But when you put three together it becomes a bit awkward because it just is not done often enough. Beyonce, with her love for sisterhood and desire for strong bonding among women, has just the right presence to pull it off!
SECRET = Highlight them all ... equally ... beautifully ... and with NO DRAMA!