Four Afro-Dominican Models Make History Gracing Vogue Cover During Fashion Month

Licett Morillo, Manuela Sánchez, Annibelis Baez and Ambar Cristal Zarzuela will don the cover of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America’s September issue.

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| September 09 2019,

7:27 pm

Donning all Black and rocking their natural hair, the women made a statement on Vogue's September cover. 

The September issue of Vogue is important because of its association with the month's New York fashion shows. The notable cover also took place during Hispanic Heritage Month.


“When envisioning the cover of Vogue Latin America's September issue, it was very important for my team and I to portray the natural beauty of Dominican Republic's newest faces," editor-in-chief of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America Karla Martinez told NBC.

"In the past couple of years, Dominican models have dominated the fashion world, walking in shows such as Dior and Valentino and starring in campaigns for Louis Vuitton, among others. We wanted to show these women as they truly are, capturing their beauty, natural hair and unique qualities,” Martinez added.


All four models have spoken at length about their struggles to make it in the fashion industry, especially in Mexico and Latin America where colorism is still dominant in modeling.

Martinez said she wanted the women on the cover to show different skin tones and hairstyles.