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

Steven Pan Eyes Mali Koopman & Jessie Bloemendaal For Vogue Japan November 2018

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Steven Pan Eyes Mali Koopman & Jessie Bloemendaal For Vogue Japan November 2018

Models Mali Koopman and Jessie Bloemendaal are styled by Carlotta Oddi in 80s glam, sexy looks in ‘Doing My Own Thing’. Photographer Steven Pan is behind the lens for Vogue Japan November 2018./ Hair by Joey George; makeup by Cyndie Komarovski

Luigi & Iango Flashes Fashion-Rich, Femme Closeups For Vogue Germany January 2018

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Luigi & Iango Flashes Fashion-Rich, Femme Closeups For Vogue Germany January 2017

Models Lily Nova, Karolin Wolter, Jessie Bloemendaal, Ansley Gulielmi, and Anna Cleveland are styled by Patrick Mackie in 'HAUT-NAH'. Photographers Luigi & Iango flash the high-minded, fashion-rich closeups for Vogue Germany January 2018./ Hair by Luigi Murenu; makeup by Yumi Lee

Estelle Boersma & Jessie Bloemendaal Are 'Queen for a Day' By Giampaolo Sgura For Vogue Japan September 2017

Estelle Boersma & Jessie Bloemendaal Are 'Queen for a Day' By Giampaolo Sgura For Vogue Japan September 2017

Rising models Estella Boersma and Jessie Bloemendaal immediately brought Queen Elizabeth to mind with their noble origins clothes, styled by Paul Cavaco, and dead giveaway headscarves. Giampaolo Sgura eyes the young women in 'Queen for a Day', a stroll through fall's simple-life luxury from Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein Jeans and more for Vogue Japan's September 2017 issue. 

Paul Bellaart Flashes Jessie Bloemendaal In 'World's End' For Vogue Netherlands June 2017

Paul Bellaart Flashes Jessie Bloemendaal In 'World's End' For Vogue Netherlands June 2017

Model Jessie Bloemendaal is a bohemian adventurer, styled by Marije Goekoop in colorful transitional outdoors looks for 'World's End'. Photographer Paul Bellaart trains his lens on Jessie's journey for Vogue Netherlands June 2017 -- in a fashion message with a subtle but important message if the photo montage is actually making a statement./ Hair & makeup by Eva Copper