11/05/11 02:39 PM Filed in: Video Vixens
These photos of Daphne Duvernay (don't even try
finding her on Google) by fotog Marc Baptiste had a
big impact on me back in the 90s. This one of the
first times I had ever seen a black women shot with
the Sports Illustrated aesthetic. Also, Daphne looks
like she could be your girlfriend, not a "jump off."
In the beginning with urban modeling, this is how it
was. Black women were more so idealized and cast in
the true girl-next-door tradition. As you know, it's
a completely different story now.
Notice that these photos hold up over time and still
look a lot better than what we are seeing nowadays in
the urban market. Also noteworthy is the fact that
Daphne is not sporting a weave. Later on, I had the
privilege of shooting Daphne's sister, Natalie
Duvernay. I'll see if I can dig up a photo or two of
her. The resemlance is surprising.