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Janaye Furman Became The First Black Model To Open A Louis Vuitton Show

The model made history during Paris Fashion Week.

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With the final show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, Louis Vuitton made a stride in diversifying its runway by casting a black model to open its show for the first time ever. Janaye Furman became the first black woman to open for Louis Vuitton in the fashion house’s 163-year history, marking a historic moment on the Parisian runway.

Furman took to Instagram to write about the experience, ‘This is such an incredible and unbelievable moment! Not only for my first opening show to be Louis Vuitton but to make history as the first African American girl to open LV?!’

What a blessing!! Wow! This is such an incredible and unbelievable moment! Not only for my first opening show to be Louis Vuitton but to make history as the first African American girl to open LV?!! Thank you @nicolasghesquiere @louisvuitton, @marieameliesauve, @paulhanlonhair, @patmcgrathreal, @ashleybrokaw and thank you to absolutely every person involved. Thank you God and everyone for all of the amazing support! I’m so glad more women of color are rocking the runways. It’s so important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in this world. I’m so happy I was able to tell this beautiful story. I mean look at that coat! #louisvuitton is always #major. @WoodkidMusic @premiermodels @3mmodels @elitenyc @hookerthebooker @alexiacheval @okjanelle @hottattack #LouisVuitton #nicolasguesquiere #openinglook #exclusive #godisgood #blessed #PFW #janayefurman #ss18 #otto #modelsofcolor #firstblackgirl #heyjanaye #LVSS18 #blacklivesmatter #africanamerican #represent #makinghistory #shadesofblackness

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Not only was it the model’s first time opening Vuitton, but it was her first time opening any runway show.

‘I’m so glad more women of colour are rocking the runways. It’s so important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in this world. I’m so happy I was able to tell this beautiful story. I mean look at that coat,’ she added.

A model walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Paris show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 3, 2017 in Paris, France.

Still, the progress toward diversity in fashion is moving way too slow. Here’s hoping more women of colour get the runway opportunities they deserve.

From Elleuk.com