Litza Veloz Stars in 'Forbidden Love' by Fernando Gomez in Vogue Czech November 2019

Model Litza Veloz is styled by Daniel Gonzalez Elizondo in ‘Forbidden Love’, a provocative, elegant fashion editorial. Central to these images is the subliminal preoccupation of white men historically with black women — a reality that most often worked against the well-being and personal lives of women of color. Photographer Fernando Gomez captures Litza’s dazzling fashion attraction for Vogue Czechlosvakia’s November 2019 issue. / Makeup by Rosa Matilla

More specifically, the ‘Forbidden Love’ fashion editorial is probably referencing Pope Clement VII (aka Giuliano de'Medici) who as pope took a black slave girl as a mistress. Their child Alessandro became the first black head of state when he became Duke of Florence in 1530. Alas, Allessandro met a tragic end, stabbed to death by his own cousin after an argument over a woman.

Revisiting this story and the strong connection between between imported slave women and the Italian aristocracy, is recharging my brain cells around current arguments between Italian luxury brands and charges of racism. Thinking . . thinking . . thinking. ~ Anne

Charlee Fraser Wears Minimal Lingerie, Bold Gold Jewelry for Vogue Mexico October 2019

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Charlee Fraser Wears Minimal Lingerie, Bold Gold Jewelry for Vogue Mexico October 2019

Model Charlee Fraser fronts a collection of modern, minimal lingerie and bold jewelry from Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Chopard, Tiffany, Wolford and more, styled by Sandy Armeni. Photographer Yulia Gorbachenko flashes ‘The Skin I Live In’ for Vogue Mexico October 2019./ Hair by Peter Gray; makeup by Tyron Machhausen; creative direction by JP Micallef

Ymre Stiekema Wears Modern Black Tailoring Lensed by Andreas Ortner for ELLE Germany

Ymre Stiekema Wears Modern Black Tailoring Lensed by Andreas Ortner for ELLE Germany

Dutch model Ymre Stiekema simmers in bold, black modern fabrics and architectural designs long on trench coats, styled by Pia Leoni Knoll. Andreas Ortner is behind the lens for ELLE Germany November 2019./ Hair & makeup by Marita Thoma-Politou

Valentina Sampaio Covers ELLE France in Fashion Classics by Sebastian Kim

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Valentina Sampaio Covers ELLE France in Fashion Classics by Sebastian Kim

Victoria’s Secret’s new model Valentina Sampaio covers the October 11, 2019 issue of ELLE France, lensed by Sebastian Kim. Stylist Isabel Dupre chooses classic looks from Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Wolford and more./ Hair by Zaiya Latt; makeup by Hung Vanngo

Celebrated for her achievement in joining the “new and improved” Victoria’s Secret, Valentina Sampaio told Vogue:

“Imagine a world where it is not news that a transgender model has been appointed by a fashion brand,” she says. “Wouldn’t that be amazing?! Because it would mean that it is normal and it is happening all the time. I want to see this across all communities. Ultimately I want to live in a world with more respect for every kind of human being.”

Sasha Luss Wears 'New Look' Fall Elegance by Regan Cameron for Harper's Bazaar Taiwan

Sasha Luss Wears 'New Look' Fall Elegance by Regan Cameron for Harper's Bazaar Taiwan

Model-actor Sasha Luss fronts noble origins-inspired, ‘New Look’ fall elegance lensed by Regan Cameron. Harper’s Bazaar Germany EIC Kerstin Schneider styles Sasha in luxe houndstooth, plaids and tweeds for Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan September 2019./ Hair by Gavin Harwin; makeup by Laura Stiassni