Congratulations! Bethann Hardison Named Editor-At-Large For Vogue Italia

- By Bossip Staff Categories: A "Lil Positivity", Congratulations, News

BOSSIP just learned that Italian Vogue is taking on Hardison as Editor-at-Large for a new section of the magazine’s website. Vogue Italia previously wowed us with amazing shoots with Beyonce and Rihanna, as well as an issue during Summer ’08 that featured all black models. Pop the hood for more details on Hardison’s gig.

When Vogue Italia’s groundbreaking “All Black Issue” hit newsstands in July 2008, the flush-with-Black-models mag was one of the most important fashion stories of the year–perhaps even the decade. Bethann Hardison, former model, agent, writer, businesswoman and all-around fashion force, wasn’t suprised at the instant success–she’d worked closely with Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani to help bring the idea to life. Almost two years later, Sozzani has figured out a way to continue the discussion online! “Today, a new section of Vogue Italia’s website went live that’s devoted to Black models and issues in fashion,” says Hardison, who’s serving as editor-at-large for the channel. “Every week, I’ll introduce a new Black model to the international community, starting with Sedene Blake.”

Since the success of the “All Black Issue,” Vogue Italia has made a laudable effort to support and promote Black models. Sozzani dedicated the November 2008 issue of L’Uomo Vogue to Africa (half of the advertising revenue was donated to Africa-related charities). And in July 2009, to celebrate the first anniversary of the “All Black Issue,” Sozzani produced a special supplement dedicated to the history of the Black Barbie (the first doll, “Francie” hit shelves in 1967). According to Hardison, the fact that Vogue Italia is supporting Black culture right now is huge. “Milan has always been the toughest place for Black models to be,” she says. “When I was an agent, I never even wanted to send my girls to Italy. The change is astounding.”

Bravo a Vogue Italia and congratulations to fashion maven Bethann Hardison. This is great news!



  • http://aol ebonieladi

    Big congrats to Kadeem’s mom. She deserves it.

  • It just don't make no sense!


  • Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    I love it, I love it…

    I LOVE when we achieve success in our respective professions :-)

    She’s been pushing for models of color in the Fashion Industry for the longest time and represents Tyson Beckford…

  • Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    LOL, they don’t even have Black People like that over there (Italy) either = damn shame & don’t make no sense, SMH…

    At least she’s in a position to help those of us who are trying to make in the World of Fashion…

  • Somali Ninga

    dont know who this hag is but CONGRATZ!!! Maybe we’ll see more supermodels of different ethinicies instead of the same old white chicks!!

  • keepin it 2 real

    Thats great! Where can I get that issue

  • Shades

    her shirt is full of stains…

  • ValleyGirl

    @ Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators
    Please educate yourself about black people in Italy, there is actually a large African diaspora in the country. Many are East African (there’s a long history between E. Africa and Italy), but are from all over, including U.S. expats and military personnel.

    Considering the love of black women in Italy, I am actually surprised it too this long, lol! Congrats to Ms. Hardison and black models everywhere.

  • Taj

    I am so happy for her! Hopefully, she will usher in a new era of BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mission Abort

    This is great news. I bought the Vouge Italy w/ the black Barbie book addition. It was/is great. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth

    Whatever that is a photo of, it looks like Grady from Sanford and Son.

  • Jewel17

    Ms. Hardison – congratulations on your appointment! Your struggle for diversity in the world of fashion modeling has paid off. Please make sure to groom others to follow in your footsteps so that this door remains open when you have to relinquish your post.

  • Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    there is actually a large African diaspora in the country.


    For real, what parts???
    Have you been there before???

    When I said they don’t have Black People like that I was talking about “in comparison” to the U.S.,…

    If you were told that there was going to be an “ALL Black” Issue of Vogue would you expect it to be the American or Italian Issue???

  • ValleyGirl

    I haven’t been to Italy since I was a kid and my family was stationed there, however, I can state they were in Florence and Rome (where even some of the Catholic clergy were black) and have likely spread out (have heard there are quite a few Sudanese as well).

    Truthfully, if someone stated there would be a Black-centric issue of Vogue, the U.S. version would not be the first to come to mind. If anything, I would probably select France, then Italy first, U.K. and U.S. would have been among the last selected.

  • always knew


    Congratulations Sister, I know you have earned your position. I hope to see you succeed and make history with your fashion skills & work…

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