This time last year, Janaye Furman was just another college student at the American Musical Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Now, she just made history by being the first African-American to open for Louis Vuitton.
Furman first walked in Vuitton’s Fall 2017 show and has become one of the brand’s regular faces in editorials and campaigns. But her opening spot at today’s show marks the first time that an African-American model has been chosen for the house’s opening look.
The prestigious position sets the pace for the girls who follow and often serves as the catalyst that takes a model to the next level of her career. For Furman, the achievement is an accomplishment, but for fashion, it serves as a reminder that even in 2017, there are still many barriers that have yet to be broken.