A week ago, at Paris Fashion Week, Janaye Furman became the first black woman to open a Louis Vuitton Show, making history. The model shared her excitement on the ground-breaking moment on Instagram, saying, “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?!” She added, “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
Forman is a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, and made her modeling debut in Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2017 show. She then walked in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2017 show, and has been a part of the Vuitton family since then. There needs to be more representation in the fashion industry–and it’s through people like Furman that we can achieve this representation. This is an important moment for black people, especially black women, but so much more still needs to be done. This is a step in the right direction!
It was such a big moment for me. For us! Thank you @nicolasghesquiere a thousand times and thank you @collierschorrstudio for capturing this "We did it!" moment from Louis Vuitton's Spring-Summer 2018 show. Look how happy we are! @louisvuitton #modelfamily #1st #PFW #louisvuitton #lvhistory #blackgirlmagic #models #blackmodel