Sea, Sun and Sand

June 4th, 2010 Posted by Janelle comments (36)

Vogue Italia serves up an editorial that perfectly captures the elegance of classic swimwear; Greg Lotus shoots Sedene Blake Ayan Elmi, as bathing beauties, in this lovely vintage inspired story. Wearing coordinated swimsuits and wide brim hats, the girls seem ready for the Riviera; Sedene looks perfectly chic with her cigarette holder and champagne, while Ayan is as  regal as ever in a sexy one-piece.





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  1. forreal says:


  2. Charlotte says:

    love this!

  3. Beauty Is Diverse says:

    love it

  4. page says:

    now these are gorgeous. these ladies are thin yet curvy and healthy looking… its fantastic.

  5. belo says:

    These girls truly have gorgeous figures

  6. kc says:


  7. TOMMY says:

    Beautiful and happy to see that Vogue italia continue to feature models of color..

  8. Joe says:

    Sedene Blake is gorgeous

  9. All about Models says:

    Finally we’re able to see Sedene is such a great editorial. She looks stunning in the images

  10. Chungkit says:

    Beautiful girls. Love the hair and makeup.

  11. Alegra says:

    lovee it !:) VI loves their black girls !! It’s good to see

  12. kayleaf says:

    Wow, Sedene and Ayan have amazing bodies! This is great exposure particularly for Ayan. I remember seeing her in Gaultier haute couture show a few seasons ago. Hopefully, her agency will use this as a platform for bigger and better things.

  13. stace says:

    Love…Love…Love this. Finally some models of color, and with great bodies to boot.

  14. fashion savvy says:

    Wow Sedene looks incredible!!

  15. Kenn says:


  16. kiki says:

    Their bodies are sick! Love it, more of this please vogue italia!

  17. Nigel S. says:

    Nothing short of stunning! I am all over the second image.

    Yes, VI is certainly standing up for models of color and it’s truly incredible and inspiring!

    Mr. Lotus did a fantastic job, capturing the beauty of such beauties.

  18. Virginia Woolf says:

    Janelle , Betty , will one of you kick Trumancapote out of the party, he’s such a bore.. never a nice word to say.

  19. Anne D. says:

    Wow, they look great. I’m so happy for both of them!

  20. bruno says:

    oh yeah! they rock!

  21. poo says:

    Go Ayan! Somali models rock!

  22. nik says:

    Its about time. I really was starting to get bored out of mind.something different and new!Love it!!!

  23. Daniel Weiss says:


  24. The Editor says:

    love the commentary and it is a great spread

  25. francesca says:

    super STUNNING

  26. Guilherme Model says:

    So beautiful,body perfect!

  27. michael says:

    Amazing beauties. 🙂

  28. carola says:

    Ayan is the star of this story, Sedene looks out of place. Both look amazing though.

  29. KV says:

    This is GORGEOUS!! Reminds me very much of a swimsuit editorial featuring Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington from back in day. Love it!!

  30. JStarks says:

    This is outstanding! Always nice to see women of color in elegant settings!

  31. VOGUEMODE says:

    Dislike the cover, no offense… she should’ve kept her mout closed, second is stunning, and yes this does seem quite cheap but they worked it for the most part.

  32. D. says:

    Greg Lotus does some of the best saturated vintage shots around. truly unique. Sedene is beautiful.

  33. Marilyn says:

    omg they are lucky girls

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  35. m.l. says:

    love it. cool 🙂

  36. Ria Rich says:

    Love this.

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