Regardless of claims of "paying homage," the message that I am continually getting is that black womanhood is not beautiful unless it is somehow caricatured or manipulated, and I wholeheartedly disagree.
Vain? I had thought that vanity was the evil queen in Snow White, gazing into her mirror, desperate to be the most beautiful in the land. Vanity, I knew, was always feminine. It was always about beauty.
She needs no introduction to those who are in the know -- she's a legend in the world of fashion. And she's still a knockout at the age of 82! I have to be honest -- I didn't know the extent of Carmen Dell'Orefice's history until I had the chance to work with her.