The fashion industry seems to be slower to embrace black male models relative to black female models and male models from other races or ethnicities.
The good news is we are seeing some consistency with black male models working, though it’s many of the same faces. Check out the following black models that have been strutting down the runways this season.
Best Black Male Models: Rob Evans
Mostly recognized for his Calvin Klein commercial with Cassie, Rob Evans is a black male model on the rise. A United Kingdom native, Rob Evans was featured in Givenchy’s Fall 2011 campaign. He walked the runway shows of Givenchy and Jean Paul Gautier.
Best Black Male Models: Corey Baptiste
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Since being signed to VNY models in 2010, this 21 year-old Brooklyn native has modeled for DKNY, Michael Kors and the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan. Corey was featured in the shows of several designers including Hermes, John Galliano and Giorgio Armani.
Best Black Male Models: Dominique Hollington
This Bronx native was discovered in Harlem while shopping and almost immediately signed to Red Models Agency. Since he made his debut in the Givenchy show in Paris, this black male model has been walking in runways shows across the globe including Jeremy Scott and DKNY. He featured in shows for Givenchy and Mugler Men’s.
This 22 year-old French Native is a newcomer to the modeling world. After booking his first modeling gig with Calvin Klein, he has gone on to be one of the faces of Esprit and most recently, Burberry. He walked in fashion shows for Ports 1961 and Dsquared2.
Best Black Male Models: Henry Watkins
We first saw Henry on the CENTRIC TV show “MODEL CITY”. Since being signed to Red Models Agency, Henry has been steadily working, walking in shows such as Perry Ellis. He has also booked campaigns for American Eagle and United Colors of Benetton. He walked for Roland Mouret and Versace.
Best Black Male Models: Armando Cabral
This Portuguese model has been working since 2001. Armando has walked the runways of Dior Homme, Louis Vuitton and Dries Van Noten. He’s been featured in V magazine and The New York Times T Style Magazine. He featured in the Kenzo runway show.
Best Black Male Models: David Agbodji
This 25 year-old was born in Paris, and has been a working model since 2008. In 2010, David became the face of Calvin Klein. He also has appeared in French Vogue, V Magazine and V Man Magazine. He’s walked in shows for Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger.