Funky Divas

August 25th, 2009 Posted by Janelle comments (65)

i-D always nails it with their covers and the September issue is just as good as you’d expect. Chanel Iman, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa join forces for a dynamic cover that calls to mind the great girl groups of days gone by while remaining as cool and modern as can be. The quartet gives their best winks to Emma Summerton who shoots them in front of a colorfully graffiti backdrop – can’t wait to see the corresponding editorial!

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65 Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    YES!!! Robert Palmer and Wild Style! Love it!

  2. Janelle says:

    ^ Great reference Caroline, I was also thinking of the Robert Palmer vids!

  3. Gustavo says:

    I dont remeber ever seeing a september issue with a black model on it! four amazing african american girls? even better! One of the many reasons why i love I-D!

  4. Ivonna says:

    Is it me or are Chanel Iman’s and Sessilee Lopez’s lips always so stiff and in the same place all the time? It annoys me! But Love Jourdann and Arlenis!

  5. Chaz says:

    Omg I’m so happy! I’m a huge fan of all four of them.

  6. zanita says:

    Wow, this is fabulous, Emma Summerton can do no wrong – these girls make a powerful quartet.

  7. jaod says:

    me encanta Arlenis Sosa y Chanel Iman

  8. SHIRAZ says:

    FINALLY! L-O-V-E

  9. AJP says:

    I like Chanel but she seems to make the same facial expression in most of her pictures. Change it up, Chanel!

  10. Anon says:

    “four amazing african american girls”

    NO!

    2 African-American girls, 1 British girl & 1 Dominican girl. Sorry, but calling Jourdan & Arlenis “African-American” is insulting! They have nothing to do with America. You’re only African-American if you’re American! Jourdan is British & Arlenis Dominican.

    Thankfully in those countries they’re allowed to be just “British” & “Dominican” & there is no need to put “African” in front!

  11. carola says:

    Great cover!! Loving Arlenis <3

    Nice to see nobody has complained about the cover yet, I’m sure someone will find a racist undertone to it soon lol.

  12. Mike says:

    Go Sessilee. She’s killing it here with that pose. She serves it EVERYTIME!!!

  13. DooDiva says:

    What a dynamic group on the cover! AWESOME!!

  14. sunbin says:

    did you guys know that jourdan dunn is pregnant??? i was so …. surprised!!! i heard that news in vogue korea whatever this shoot is awesome!!

  15. chris says:

    its about time!!!!!!!!!! they better had served that cover! i live!

  16. Gustavo says:

    i didnt mean to insult them Anon, i apologize!

  17. Betty says:

    Gustavo,
    Actually, one year ago, Jourdan was on the cover of i-D for their September issue… Here it is:
    http://models.com/work/i-d-magazine-september-2008

    Betty
    MDC

  18. george says:

    i love this cover!!!

  19. den says:

    amazing

  20. Lilia says:

    Love, love, love. Wish the type was done better though.

  21. Jamie says:

    Carola….lolz. There’s no racist undertone! What are you talking about? The cover Looks Amazing…And that stiff mouth is why sessilee is a muse for Steven…For Chanel…She looks beautiful : )

  22. carola says:

    No, there’s not, I love this cover and the girls, but someone always finds something to complain about whenever black models are featured on a cover or editorial. So far it hasn’t happened :D

  23. J.Encarnacion says:

    AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL AND BREATHTAkING !

  24. GP says:

    Love it. The make-up is so gorgeous on them.

  25. billy says:

    i love this

  26. lanee says:

    i like chanel

  27. june says:

    sessilee is the best

  28. nook says:

    arlenis is great

  29. mike says:

    you can’t be jourdan

  30. love says:

    BLACK iS BEAUTIFUL

  31. Antonio Barros says:

    I like the mood and the colors of this cover! I bet it is a cool and funny editorial…

    http://thesingular.blogspot.com

  32. juan says:

    thank god this is amazing! u have no idea what this means to me I love all of them specially arlenis since she’s the only latina making it big.

  33. jake says:

    im not so crazy about arlenis in this cover, but the others are great. jourdan looks a little too much like beyonce in her photo though

  34. shessomethingelse says:

    that backdrop looks like the wall at the model lounge. i saw sessilee on the model lounge blog yesterday…was she really there this week?! she’s so fierce on the cover. four black girls though. why not a black, asian and white…

  35. ALVIN says:

    OMG I LOVE EVERYONE HERE. BUT EVEN AS BEING A TOKEN BLACK MODEL I DON’T THINK CHANEL IMAN IS ON PAR OR UP TO STANDARD. SHE IS ALWAYS SERVING IT COLD THE SAME OL FACE EVERY SINGLE TIME .. I GUESS COS THESE 4 ARE THE BIGGEST BLACK MODELS NOW. THE OTHER 3, ARLENIS, JOURDAN AND SESILEE ARE EPIC AND TOTALLY BLOWING ME AWAY.

  36. ALVIN says:

    and victoria’s secret should really sign arlenis on as an angel. she was killing it on this year’s show. i could hardly recognise her. (in a good way)

  37. Frieda K says:

    Jourdan and Chanel have the best bone structure of the bunch but Alrenis has a body type that is much more au courant. Hats off to them

  38. Kim says:

    Talk about a nice surprise, especially after all the depressing Kate Moss covers. This is now my favorite cover, after Linda’s insane V cover and Lara’s Vogue Paris cover. It’s fun and exciting!

  39. k says:

    I need to rephrase my last post: This is now my favorite cover followed by Linda’s insane V cover and lara’s Vogue Paris cover.

  40. patty says:

    we need models who are beautiful knowlegeable so if they have all this fethers then am ok

  41. patty says:

    i have seen all this
    cover and they are the best i would like to use this on my magizine

  42. JT says:

    BLACK GIRLS RULE!

  43. Ambigous says:

    sessilee Lopes always delivers…..

    Best Model of the moment

  44. Mike says:

    I just love these girls (<3 Sessilee) but how much excitement will it take for AMERICAN magazines to recognize that putting these girls on their covers not only sells but causes a fashion frenzy??? Hello $$$. No?

    One of the things I love is how Britain supports their models and backs them up, I would love to see the same thing happen in America for a change.

  45. Mike says:

    …and when will the major media run with this and give these girls their props??? This is newsworthy and I would like to see it talked about on TV too!!!

  46. Caroline says:

    Arlenis AND Sessilee are Dominican. They are black AND Latina. Yes, you can be both. Why is this concept so hard to grasp?

    “No, there’s not, I love this cover and the girls, but someone always finds something to complain about whenever black models are featured on a cover or editorial. So far it hasn’t happened”

    —This is just stupid. People don’t simply complain whenever there’s a black model on a cover or a spread. They complain when said black model is being used to convey insulting stereotypes. That said, this cover is wonderful.

  47. debby says:

    PYT
    I like lopez
    and dunn boobs omg. love you Emma

  48. MosS77 says:

    For me they look great… Chanel I Love, And S.L Looks Great Too.,. Jourdan And Arlenis Are Kinda Dropping The Ball For Me, Well Arlenis Def. And Jourdann Kinda, But I Still like Her!!

  49. Caroline says:

    Sessilee:

    “Fashion is very black and white. It doesn’t pay attention to heritage much. They don’t see me as a Dominican girl. They just see the color of my skin. It can be hard, because it’s your heritage and you want to be appreciated for it, but it’s just modeling, so I don’t let it get to me.”

    http://www.latina.com/fashion/celebrity/sessilee-lopez-fashions-next-it-girl?slide=4

  50. debby says:

    i agree with jake

  51. kayleaf says:

    EPIC COVER! I love the energy!

  52. Neville says:

    wicked.
    american vogue should follow next!!!

  53. Ryo says:

    Chanel looks the best imo

  54. Fernando says:

    Chanel SERVES ALL these ladies

  55. Fernando says:

    Why is Chanel sooooooo beautiful. AMERICA needs to do like the BRITISH and support all their AMERICAN girls! Chanel, Karlie, Sessilee, Heidi, Kendra, Ali S, Ali M!

  56. curin says:

    Everyone needs a little color in their life….Congrats to these beautiful Women of Color.

  57. james says:

    I love this! This reminds me why I’m still so fashioned obsessed, for a while eveythings been so boring (speaking of Linda will somebody please shoot her as a sexy older woman , because if stephanie,naomi,cindy, helena even christy can do it, linda sure as hell can, they make her look so old and 41 is not old). I love all these girls I especially lovwe Jourdan and can’t wait for her to have her child and then comeback and mash up the scene.

  58. MC says:

    I agree with Fernando that AMERICA needs to support its models. It’s a disgrace that it’s just the opposite.

    But SESSILLEE rocks it for me. She looks like a super hero about to kick some you know what here. Ummm Uhhh!

  59. MC says:

    LUV it! It’s the FOUR TOPS!!!!

  60. Alex says:

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!
    i am so happy to see this cover, it will def. help me to persue the struggle of pushing black and other ethnicities out there. First italian Vogue and now this, the change is certainly on its way.
    Viva la black besauties*:)

  61. FF says:

    Anon, Arlenis is actually an african american model, America is a whole continent, it is divided in North, Central and South America, but all of those divisions are America, of course she was born in Domenican Republic, but this country is part of America. By the way beautiful cover, although I would have included Kinée Diouf.

  62. miyoshi9211 says:

    i just love this.. this is huge

  63. BAR says:

    Great cover.
    Arlenis and Jourdan are the BOMB
    But

  64. Caroline says:

    “Anon, Arlenis is actually an african american model, America is a whole continent, it is divided in North, Central and South America, but all of those divisions are America, of course she was born in Domenican Republic, but this country is part of America. By the way beautiful cover, although I would have included Kinée Diouf.”

    —You’re equating America with Americas and you’re also talking about geography rather than culture. To call Arlenis an “African-American model” is misleading and negates the fact that she grew up in the Dominican Republic, a country that is an amalgamation of Spanish, African, Haitian, and French cultures and speaks Spanish as her primary language.

  65. Diyane says:

    I prefer sesssssilee, she’s amazing, andJourdan she’s sp beautiful, and Arlenis she’s very pretty but this picture doesn’t show her o her best, And Chanel Iman, she’s ok, when she started she was young thin and new, now she’s fine.

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