Why Ebony‘s Eunice Johnson Never Made Vanity Fair‘s Best Dressed
Vanity Fair isn’t exactly known for its forward-thinking stance on racial diversity—in fact, we were pleased to see folks like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Fan Bingbing on the list this year—but it seems like a massive oversight that as Ebony co-founder and creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair, Eunice Johnson would have never made the list. Apparently The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn found this odd too, and she speculates that the root of the omission was essentially a catty rivalry between Johnson and B.D.L. creator Eleanor Lambert.
Now, we agree that Johnson (who passed away in 2010) should have absolutely been included—see evidence below—but to suggest that her exclusion was the result of some catty fight seems a bit sexist, or something. This is not the hallway at Beverly Hills High School; this is one of the most prominent “best” lists in the fashion world. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time fashionistas let personal beefs impact their work.
Check out some of Johnson’s most iconic looks below, and tell us: do you think she should have been included?
[via NY Times]