Joan Smalls Is the First Model of Color to Cover Vogue Italia in Almost Four Years

We've been treated to Steven Meisel's crazy/tacky/kitcschy/awesome "Haute Mess" gif's for Vogue Italia over the past week, and today the cover for the
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We've been treated to Steven Meisel's crazy/tacky/kitcschy/awesome "Haute Mess" gif's for Vogue Italia over the past week, and today the cover for the
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We've been treated to Steven Meisel's crazy/tacky/kitcschy/awesome "Haute Mess" gif's for Vogue Italia over the past week, and today the cover for the March issue has finally dropped. It features Joan Smalls, as shot by Steven Meisel, and is appropriately titled "Over the Top." While the full inside editorial isn't on Vogue Italia's site yet, there are a few more gif's, including cover girl Joan Smalls' (check it out after the jump).

What is really significant about this cover--besides the crazy styling--is the fact that this is the first time in almost four years that a model of color has been featured on Vogue Italia.

Fashin mentioned this little factoid, so we did a bit of poking around. The last time a model of color appeared on the Italian glossy was back in July 2008; Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, and Liya Kebede covered the famous "All Black Issue."

Franca Sozzani has been proud of her use of black models in the magazine over the years. In February 2011 she commissioned an editorial called "The Blackallure" featuring models of color in a fashion spread. Let's hope this cover signals other fashion mags (including you, American Vogue) to feature more diversity on their covers.

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