Find Out How Model Janaye Furman Just Made History

Find Out How Model Janaye Furman Just Made History

by Shantell E. Jamison, October 11, 2017

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Find Out How Model Janaye Furman Just Made History

Model Janaye Furman has made history!

Last week, she became the first Black model to ever open a show for Louis Vuitton during the fashion brand’s spring 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

Furman took to Instagram to share the news:

“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?!” the model said. “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.”

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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In addition to being an international runway model, Furman is a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. She was scouted following a performance in one of her classes and made her debut in fashion show modeling in Proenza Schouler’s fall 2017 show.

Since her debut, Furman has been the face of several Louis Vuitton editorials and campaigns.

Undoubtedly, her achievement is worth celebrating. As fashion brands seek to diversify their representation, may the many “firsts” of fashion become the norm.

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