At BET, we’re privileged to have a good time our Blackness daily. In honor of Black Historical past Month, we’re pulling out additional confetti as we profile among the most influential Black folks within the trend and wonder industries—particularly if their accomplishments and contributions are neglected by mainstream society. Cheers to our icons!
In September 2020, Precious Lee took main strides towards the push for inclusivity within the trend trade—actually.
In case you missed it, the curve mannequin prompted fairly a buzz as she strutted down the Versace catwalk throughout Milan Trend Week, final yr.
Since then, the Atlanta-born magnificence has continued to make her-story, as the one curvy mannequin in Versace’s newest marketing campaign with Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner.
Not too long ago, the IMG Mannequin chatted with GMA concerning the groundbreaking second when she took her first steps on the coveted runway present, together with how she plans to proceed to face up for Black ladies and curvy fashions who are sometimes neglected.
“Strolling Versace with two different non-traditional sized fashions was an enormous breakthrough,” she shares concerning the breaking limitations within the trend trade. “My thoughts continues to be attempting to wrap round the truth that not solely did I stroll the present, however I used to be additionally within the marketing campaign.”
“I’m the one curve mannequin within the marketing campaign,” she continues. “For me as an African American girl […] to lastly be capable to breakthrough one thing that was not arrange for me— [the fashion industry] isn’t arrange for somebody my measurement and my colour and my background. It’s a lot to get by way of that.”
Citing her mother and father as a supply of power, Lee is not any stranger to trailblazing within the multi-billion-dollar enterprise. As the primary African American curve mannequin to look on the pages of American Vogue, Treasured Lee deserves to be celebrated!
We stay up for seeing how the mannequin, actress, and author continues to advocate for race and measurement range throughout the leisure trade. Kudos to you, sis!
(Picture: Handout/Versace Press Workplace through Getty Pictures, Handout/Versace Press Workplace through Getty Pictures)