BFyne, a contemporary swim and resort-wear brand, and Models of Color Matter (MOCM), a non-profit organization advocating for equity of black and brown models in the fashion industry on and off the runway, collaborated in a Miami Swim Week show.
With a focus on promoting the beauty of Blackness, BFyne and MOCM casted all Black models to walk the runway during PARAISO Miami Beach (A.K.A. Swim Fashion Week ®). They worked with hair and makeup teams to create a safe space celebrating their unique beauty.
BFyne designer, Buki Ade, began the show with a beautiful video narrated by reciting her own love letter to Africa and an ode to real women with curves, textured hair, and melanin of all shades. When asked about the collection, Buki Ade, said “There’s intentionality behind every aspect of each design…a movement with the black woman in mind.”
As the collection showcased all Black models, it featured pieces from the brand’s ‘Safari’ collection inspired by the African sunrises. Textile prints were inspired by the designer’s passion for life and cultural experiences. As a Nigerian American, she is able to merge the richness of West African influences with the portraits that comprise scenes of her everyday living. The collection featured a mix of swim and resort wear in rich yellows, vibrant oranges, luxe tans and browns, greens, whites and nuwave vibrant animal prints.
The show concluded with a parade of models showcasing hair, complexion, and size diversity. “We are committed to creating a safe space for models of color where they feel, seen, heard and beautiful because they are,” said Nicole Doswell, founder of Models of Color Matter.
Models of Color Matter (MOCM) was founded by former modeling agent Nicole Doswell in 2018. Her current role as a casting director, producer and publicist at The Riviere Agency has provided a unique position allowing her to see multiple sides of the industry as a woman of color. She founded the organization as an initiative to increase diversity and equity in fashion and media.
The organization aims to initiate more conversations about the underrepresentation of people of color in the media and fashion spaces. Due to systematic racism and built-in bias, models of color (BIPOC) are often overlooked for castings, modeling opportunities, and mistreated on sets and backstage in the modeling industry. MOCM aims to be a confidence booster, a safe place, a wealth of knowledge and a connector for models of color and those in the industry that support them. www.modelsofcolormatter.com
BFyne is a contemporary swim and resort-wear brand. Every hand-sewn garment has been conceptualized for the fiercely fashion-forward, cultural aficionado you are. BFyne designs are for the risk-taking woman in protest of the fashion status quo. Highly regarded for enchanting designs and alluring hues, BFyne swimsuits emphasize your curves with intention.
BFyne’s list of patrons remains star-studded with fashion icons such as Beyoncé, Iman, Alicia Keys, Eva Marcille, Taraji P Henson, Jordan Dunn and Rosci Diaz – to name a few. You may have even spotted BFyne on the tube. Looks from the brand have been featured in the movie Pacific Rim as well as music videos from Tiwa Savage (often referred to as the Beyoncé of Africa), Grammy-nominated artists Jidenna, Flo Rida, Tinashe, and X-Factor stars Fifth Harmony! www.bfyne.com
Source: BFyne, Models of Color Matter