We've got to tip our hats to Riccardo Tisci for this one. The Givenchy designer/creative director has tapped the lovely Erykah Badu for the luxury brand's Spring 2014 campaign.
Known for her standout attitude and wardrobe to match, she works as the perfect face to lead the African and Japanese-influenced collection.
"Erykah, she's an icon—come on!" Tisci told Style. "What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it's been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio."
He continued, "She's one of the most stylish women I've met in my life," he said. "She's got such a good sense of proportion, of colors."
Tisci added that he's continuing to push the conventional definition of beauty by placing models of color in front of the camera and on the runways. While he certainly appreciates the efforts of Bethann Hardison and Iman, Tisci said showcasing Black beauty isn't a new trend for the industry vet.
"There was a lot of talk this season in fashion. Me, I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I discovered a lot of black girls, and I’ve been always supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we all are the same."
(Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy)