On Wednesday, the last day of Paris Vamazing - Live amazing! Week, history was made as the model Janaye Furman became the first black woman to open a Louis Vuitton show in the brand¡¯s 163-year history.
¡°What a blessing!!¡± Furman posted on Instagram afterwards. ¡°Thank you God and everyone for all of the amazing support! I¡¯m so glad more women of color are rocking the runways. It¡¯s so important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in this world. I¡¯m so happy I was able to tell this beautiful story.¡±
Furman is a a?Southern California drama student?who started modeling last year after being scouted during a class performance. This is not Furman¡¯s first time walking for Louis Vuitton: she was cast in the fall 2017 show, and has modeled for a handful of the brand¡¯s editorials and campaigns. However, this was her first time opening for the brand ¡ª a big deal for any model, as it¡¯s great exposure and sets them on the top of the pile for next season.
This moment closed a season allegedly focused on the better treatment of models, as well as an increase in diversity on the runways. While there¡¯s still a lot of work to be done, progress is happening slowly, but it¡¯s clearly happening.
After 163 years, it better be.