We showed you some footage of Vanessa Veasley’s Supreme Book Vol. 6 earlier this month. Now the “Cakes Model Extraordinaire” is speaking up about how she wrestled with the decision to do the campaign.
In open letter to VIBE.com Vanessa describes how she was nervous about how such a career move would be received:
When I was told I had been submitted for the legendary streetwear apparel brand Supreme Book Vol. 6, I giggled. I thought, “There’s no way they’d pick me…, and if they did there’s no way I’d do it.” I was familiar with photographer Terry Richardson’s work and am a big fan of his. I’ve shot my share of scantily clad glossy images, but Terry’s work is raw, barely retouched and overtly sexual with reoccurring oral fixation references. His collabs with Supreme are risqué on steroids, certainly not the type of shoot you do if you’re trying to please everyone and keep multiple career paths in entertainment open right?
Sorry but we call bullsh*t… this is the same chick that posted up a whole rack of pictures of her in a bikini with zero retouching.
What we did find interesting was Vanessa’s attempt to turn her experience into some kind of “pioneering moment” for black models…
“The magnitude of being the curviest, darkest, woman to lean against that infamous white wall for the lifestyle brand and retailer didn’t even set in during the shoot…” Vanessa writes, before going on to wax poetic about the warm response she received after anticipating pushback. “I waited for the finger wags and they didn’t come. A part of me had been so mentally prepared to defend this campaign, I wasn’t prepared for the praise. Is it a win for a Black woman to squat on a football wearing fishing line for a global counterculture brand? That’s debatable. The images are dope to me, but it’s my personal win because I did something I wanted for my reasons.”
Is this a win for Vanessa? And while Rosa Acosta is Dominican, not black, was Supreme’s selection of Vanessa Veasley really something groundbreaking??? Should black women feel some kind of way about being included or not included in campaigns like these?
You can read Vanessa’s full letter HERE.
We decided to post some of the brand’s past campaigns, and you will find that they are very white for the most part. They’re also some stuff that’s much racier than what Vanessa did. Have a look at the images below: