By Mark A. Upaa
Grace Jones showed she still has it as she turned heads while stunning at Zendaya and Tommy Hilfiger’s diverse Paris Fashion Week show. The Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya colaboration celebrated women’s diversity during the Paris Fashion Week, casting only African-American models to showcase the ’70s-inspired line, headlined by the iconic Grace Jones. While jamming to her hit song “Pull Up to the Bumper,” the ageless supermodel and singer, strutted and danced her way down the runway to close Saturday’s show in a shimmery gold bodysuit and metallic striped blazer.
the runway cast-59 black women, ages 18 to 70 including some of the women of color Zendaya wants to thank for their contributions to fashion, Hollywood, and beyond. The catwalk featured such pioneering women of colour as, Beverly Johnson, 66, the first African-American model to cover American Vogue; Pat Cleveland, 68, often described as the world’s first black supermodel; and Veronica Webb, 54, the first African-American woman to have a major cosmetics contract, all walked the runway. At the end of the show, the entire cast of African-American models marched down the runway to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” prompting the audience to playfully sing along.
“We said, ‘we want Grace Jones, she represents so much beauty and power and she needs to be here,'” Zendaya explains. “And somehow, Tommy’s team made it happen.” “I went to Grace’s fitting this morning,” said Law Roach, “And she loved the clothes so much that we actually got a little teary. She said ‘I love everything,’ so we sent her everything. She’s the first person besides Zendaya to own the complete collection.”