In almost four years, Joan Smalls is the first model of color to grace the front of Vogue Italia. EIC Franca Sozzani has never shied away from incorporating diversity into the mag’s content. Most notably, the July 2008′s famous “All Black Issue” presented supermodels Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez and Liya Kebede was bold, direct and much-needed.
The same sentiment is felt for the Steven Meisel-photographed shot. In over-the-top makeup, jewelry and nails, Smalls breathes and fun, new life to mags. Seriously, when’s the last time you saw color on the front of a major fashion mag