Alyssa Traore + Jessie Bloemendaal Try Racial Reversals Lensed By Marcin Kempski For Vogue Portugal

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Dutch models Alyssa Traoré and Jessie Bloemendaal are styled by Sam Ranger in a 1+1=3 editorial ‘Eu Eu Eu’. There is no doubt about the intent of the editorial, once a black model is holding a white mask and vice versa. Alyssa wears primarily white outfits and Jessie black. Perhaps this staging seems too literal to some folks, but given the simmering resentment among large numbers of America’s women of color towards ALL white women, it’s time to spring this Pandora out of her box and give it some daylight.

When people are cornered in all or nothing boxes, based on skin color, progress is tough. Note that neither Democratic primary presidential candidate Kamala Harris or barely-defeated Democratic Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams come from this school of thought, and both have massive support among educated white women, if not high-school educated, women don’t belong in politics because God said so Trump supporters.

The February 2019 Vogue Portugal team jumpstarts this convo in a fashionable way with images by Marcin Kempski. / Hair by Joey George; makeup by Rebecca wordingham

Willy Vanderperre Eyes Adesuwa, Anok, Alyssa & Sora In 'The Shape of Things to Come' For T Magazine Fall 2018

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Willy Vanderperre Eyes Adesuwa, Anok, Alyssa & Sora In 'The Shape of Things to Come' For T Magazine Fall 2018

T Magazine's August 19, 2018 Fall Fashion Issue focuses on 'The Shape of Things to Come', lensed by Willy Vanderperre. Editor Hanya Yanagihara turns her eye to four models of the moment -- Adesuwa Aighewi, Anok Yai, Alyssa Traoré and Sora Choi-- styled by Alastair McKimm in CDC, Calvin Klein, Sacai, Prada, Balenciaga and more. 

Alyssa Traore Takes The Slow Road In Anne Menke Images For Vogue Netherlands July 2018

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Elegant Dutch newcomer Alyssa Traoré made her mark, debuting Raf Simons's Spring 2018 collection after earlier walking for Jacquemus and Marni. Vogue US introduced Alyssa last fall. 

Vogue Netherlands July 2018 takes us on 'The Road Less Traveled', lensed by Anne Menke with styling by Martien Mellema.

Willy Vanderperre Captures Modern Day 'A Hand-Made Tale' For Vogue UK May 2018

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Models Xie Chaoyu, He Cong, Selena Forrest, Jonas Gloer, Paul Hameline, Maryna Horda, Lea Julian, Hiandra Martinez, Alyssa Traore, Signe Veiteberg, Sara Grace Wallerstedt, Kiki Willems & Anok Yai assemble for 'A Hand-made Tale' styled by Venetia Scott. Photographer Willy Vanderperre is behind the lens for Vogue UK May 2018./ Hair by Anthony Turner; makeup by Lynsey Alexander