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    Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 11:50am
Yay! She got herself a Givenchy gig, she does Runway, Anna Wintour took notice and she's dark-skinned!  (yes, I said it, don't care how it comes across, yay for dark-skinned beauties making it big!) I've noticed people saying on BHM that AA models are not picked often for runway.



Riley Montana Might Be Fashion's Next Black Supermodel, And For Good Reason


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Her skin is flawless and she has pretty almond shaped eyes

She reminds me of Oluchi in this pic





When we spotted Riley Montana alongside Erykah Badu in Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, we thought: where did this brown beauty come from? The fashion industry is infamous for it's lack of diversity, so we were stunned when the ad debuted.

It turns out that Riley herself was just as shocked when Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's creative director, offered her the gig. The Detroit native had only been in New York City for two weeks when she got the news.

"I literally cried. I fell on the floor," Riley told WWD. “Riccardo took a chance on me. I was brand new. He supports diversity and I love that about him. He doesn’t care about what people think.”

Riley didn't think a career in modeling was an option. "I was insecure. I was a dark-skinned girl and extra skinny," she said. But she was clearly wrong. Since landing the Givenchy campaign Riley, who holds an associates degree in nursing, has walked in fashion shows for Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Balmain and Rodarte, to name a few. And she's got her sights set even higher for the future.

"I really want an American Vogue cover. Because we [African-American girls] really don’t get it that much. I want it so bad," Riley said.

Fortunately, she's already scored some face time with Anna Wintour, so perhaps the seed has been planted. Fingers crossed!



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I saw her before... her hair was pulled back and she looked nice... iono bout these pics tho

like this but without makeup



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She's hot. Love it.
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Originally posted by Ming Ming wrote:

I saw her before... her hair was pulled back and she looked nice... iono bout these pics tho


The first pic is impressive to me, because that is her without a stitch of makeup, though. I would kill to be able to walk barefaced looking like that. The second struck me because she gives me Oluchi there, even though she doesn't look like her in other pics. Love Tatee's pics. She's beautiful to me.

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she gorgeous

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GORGEOUS! Rising StarStar
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lol I updated my post.. she was barefaced when I saw her. really pretty
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Interesting that she says she used to be insecure because she was dark-skinned and extra skinny. Now she's about to pile on that green!
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Gorgeous young woman I wish her much success. 
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