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2011 Met Ball Honoring Alexander McQueen

The 2011 Met Ball honoring British designer Alexander McQueen was held last night. Today we are going to go over the fashions. You know the drill… who was hot and who most certainly was not.  Who did you love, hate, or feel very meh about? Photos from The Cut.

The Best from l to r:

J. Lo, Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley,Iman, Florence Welch, Crystal Renn, Shalom Harlow, Daphne Guinness, Kristen Dunst, Karen Elson, Sarah Burton and Ashley OlsenThe Best Dressed at the 2011 Met Ball

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Of Note…Iman

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Photo from Retro Fit.

Iman was born in Somalia in 1955 to a diplomat and doctor,. She moved to Egypt as a child and later went to college in Kenya. While in Kenya she was spotted by photographer Peter Beard. That moment helped jump start her modeling career. On the set of her first job, which was also her first job with Vogue, the makeup artist asked her if she had brought her own makeup. At the time models of color brought their own makeup because there weren’t a lot of shades out there to match them. That moment would inspire Iman to start a multimillion dollar cosmetics empire two decades later.

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Of Note… Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison has done so much for people of color in the fashion industry – where do I start?

Let’s start at the beginning. Hardison was born and bred in New York City to a devout Muslim family. And from that point on, she was destined for greatness. She was the first African-American cheerleader at her high school and the first African-American salesperson in the showroom of her first job in the garment district. One day in an elevator, Hardison was discovered by African-American designer Willi Smith who encouraged her to start a successful modeling career. Iman, Pat Cleveland, and Naomi Sims were the top Black models of the time, and Hardison worked along with them.

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