To say I was thrilled when asked to be Guest Creative Director of L.A. STYLE’s Color Is Beautiful issue is an understatement. L.A. STYLE Magazine is iconic. Period. While choosing photos for my book, “SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion,” I found many beautiful covers and editorials from the magazine’s storied past. In fact, I considered using an early cover of the divine Naomi Campbell, shot by legendary photographer Herb Ritts.
Researching “SUPREME MODELS,” I rediscovered countless covers, editorials, and interviews from celebrities, models, and other people of color, within the pages of L.A. STYLE. The magazine remains a frontrunner in the struggle for diversity and inclusion. This issue, Color Is Beautiful, includes powerful statements from movie stars, music legends, political figures, sports stars and more, adding their voices to the fight for justice — the bold tradition of L.A. STYLE Magazine continues.
I wrote “SUPREME MODELS” to tell the stories of so many women of color whose careers and lives inspire me and countless others. Women like Iman, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison, and the divine Veronica Webb, who I interviewed for this issue. I also had the honor of interviewing best-selling authors, Kwame S. Brathwaite and Antwaun Sargent. Like me, they recently released art books celebrating black representation in entertainment, fashion, and photography. The combined interviews and photographs from our books create a compelling portrait of blackness in all its shades, textures, beauty and power.
I hope L.A. STYLE’s Color Is Beautiful issue gives the reader insight into the determination and willpower it takes to speak up and add their voice to the fight for racial equality. I know, with the turmoil we are facing now as a nation and a world, things seem dark. But even in our darkest hours, there is art, and there is music. There is hope, and there is love. This issue highlights just a few of us joined in the fight for equality, fairness, and understanding. I hope whoever reads it finds a bit of solace and a lot of inspiration!
— Marcellas Reynolds
Author SUPREME MODELS: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion
Read his exclusive one-on-one interview here.