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Everyone’s talking about the dearth of black models on the runway and in high-fashion magazines. Vogue Italia even published an entire issue dedicated to the topic last year. The truth is, there are a lot of black models out there — good ones. They might not have reached one-name status yet (think Tyra, Naomi, Alek, Iman and Liyah), but they’re on their way. In honor of NYC Fashion Week which recently ended, Style Spotter is highlighting some of the talented young women who will be gracing the catwalks at Bryant Park.


One of these is Sessilee Lopez.  Birth Date: January 4, 1989.  Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Lopez was one of four cover models for Vogue Italia’s all-black issue in July of 2008 and she also had a 30-page spread inside. Oh, and she once dated Kanye West.

Where You’ll Find Her: In magazines like Elle, Vogue, Allure, Flair and Vibe, in Calvin Klein fragrance ads and on the runways in Paris, Milan, and NYC.

Who She Reminds Us Of: Girl next store… she says she enjoys reading the Bible in her spare time (with a hip hop edge?). She’s like a cross between old-school supermodel Beverly Johnson and Kimora Lee Simmons.