Vogue Italia's plan to feature black models almost exclusively in its July issue is an extremely welcome counter-weight to the racism Naomi Campbell (the noted bully) has complained of in the fashion world. Anna Wintour's US Vogue botched a tentatively bold (oxymoron, yes) step in using a black model on the cover of its April issue - athlete Lebron James, but cast as a King Kong lookalike; or some sort of apish sexual monster with white gal supermodel Gisele hooked up like Jane to his Tarzan (or other jungly connotations).
Wintour, of course, is no pioneer of equality of any sort - horses for courses, darling (frocks 'n' jeans in her case) - but we might have expected a zeitgeist queen of her calibre to have been uneased as she stooped over the light box pix of James - to have detected a leeeeeeetle playing up to (unintentional, I'm sure) elderly racist stereotypes of black men.
Perhaps the old girl is starting to lose it a bit.
Still, full marks to Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani for her initiative. She tells the Indy On Sunday: "Nobody is using black girls. I see so many beautiful girls and they were complaining that they are not used enough."