Meet Lady Eccentrik, our cover model of the month and feature model for this issue of “Black women shaping the world”. If there is a movement in fashion that has seen black women contributions overlooked, it is that of the “Pin-up”. Sadly, historically and presently, vintage glamour is mainly associated with white women although the impact and influences of black women has helped shaped pin up as we know it today.
From the likes of world known sirens such as Eartha Kitt and Dorothy Dandridge to women like Lottie Graves who made their mark in the vintage Era’s. Today, there is still a lack of visibility for black women in Vintage fashion. A quick google search of modern “vintage or pin-up models” will give you a sea of white faces. This is exactly the reason why models like Lady Eccentrik excite us. We first came across Essentrik (as she prefers to be called) on our Instagram feed and sure was she a sight to behold.
From her raven hair styled in great Gatsby style pin curls to her perfectly conical bullet bra under numerous vintage outfits, Essentrik was the perfect choice of our model of the month cover for our current issue. Not only is she the embodiment of a classic yet modern pin up vixen, she also reminds us of the importance of the representation of black women in all arenas of the fashion and art world. For our full video interview with Lady essentrik and behind the scene look at how she created the looks for this photo spread, head over to our website where she discusses her influences, style and women like Grace Jones.
Model : Lady Eccentrikb
Photographer: James Anthony Parker
Art Direct: Shirley De Lawrence
Assistant : Yasmin Elbatal