07/01/2013 10:00 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2013

Prada Cast A Black Campaign Model For The First Time In 19 Years


Christy Turlington's inclusion in this fall's Prada campaign is the main focus of Women's Wear Daily's story on the new ads — but forgive us if we think the venerable trade is guilty in this instance of burying the lede. The real news here is that, for the first time since the fall of 1994, there's a black face of Prada.

The black model in the campaign, one of seven models who appear in the new ads, goes unnamed in WWD's story. She is Malaika Firth, a Kenyan-born, U.K.-raised, biracial 19-year-old who has been modeling since 2011. Firth was a newborn in diapers the last time a black woman was a face of Prada. Prada's fall ads also include the Chinese model Fei Fei Sun.