Ebony.com: Vogue Italia Profiles Natural Hair Trend On Runway, But Will It Last?

One look at the myriad of blogs, roundtable discussions and YouTube instructional videos about going natural and it’s evident that natural hair has made an indelible impact on the beauty industry in recent years. Even I went natural in December 2010 and have documented my transition ever since on this here blog. But what’s special about Vogue Italia’s new profile about natural hair is its burgeoning presence on the Fall 2012 runways.

Natural hair has not only been embraced by the blogosphere and a small portion of Hollywood, seen most prominently in Viola Davis’ TWA at the 2012 Oscars, but it’s been given the high fashion stamp of approval straight from the catwalks of Paris and New York.

To be fair, we’ve already witnessed the fashion industry embrace luminaries like Wonderland fashion editor Julia Sarr-Jamois who appeared in Tibi Spring 2012 ads and walked in the Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2012 presentation.


Singer Solange Knowles made the transition to natural and saw her fashion career blossom with a contract for Next Models, an appearance on the Alberta Ferretti runway show at Milan Fashion Week, an opening spread in T Magazine’s “Nightie Aphrodite” natural hair editorial and even a daily blog for Vogue UK chronicling her looks. But for traditional runway models to see a rise in natural hairstyles during Fashion Week is particularly significant.

From Tyra Banks to Jourdan Dunn, supermodels have spoken out about hairstylists behind-the-scenes at fashion shows who simply do not know how to care for ethnic hair. As recently as May of last year, Dunn vented on her Twitter account, saying:

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