Erykah Badu Named the New Face of Givenchy

Erykah Badu backstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP)

By Lilly Workneh (Article originally published on

Erykah Badu has been named the new face of the top designer brand Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign.

The decision was made by Ricardo Tisci, the creative director for the luxury brand’s womenswear and haute couture lines.

“Erykah, she’s an icon—come on!” Tisci told “She’s one of the most stylish women I’ve met in my life. She’s got such a good sense of proportion, of colors.”

Badu has already shot for Givenchy’s 2014 collection, which is described as  ”a crash between African and Japanese cultures mixed with Haute Couture techniques.”

This is a big move considering the recent allegations against the fashion world for not including more women of color in its campaigns an on its runways.

“There was a lot of talk this season in fashion,” Tisci said. “I was one of the persons who ended up not being touched by this. I discovered Joan Smalls, I discovered Maria [Borges]. I’ve always been supporting them. For me, I grew up in a family and I grew up in a culture, an education, that we are all the same.”

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