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Rihanna’s Latest Fashion Ad Is a Major Milestone for Black Women Everywhere

In an industry that’s long battled concerns about diversity, Rihanna’s new ad campaign could represent a move towards the right direction.

Women’s Wear Daily reported in March that the Palace of Versailles would be the setting of Rihanna’s Dior shoot, as part of the brand’s “Secret Garden” video series. Now that spring has sprung, so have the images, and asthe Cut noted, this collection of poses makes Rihanna the first black woman to take front and center in ads for the French designer.

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Why this matters: As ABC News points out, the Palace of Versailles has historical significance in the world of fashion. In 1973, the Battle of Versailles pitted five American fashion designers against five French designers. This battle royale was also one of the first events to feature black American models on high fashion runways.

But decades after that landmark show, the fashion industry’s choice of models continues to mostly favor white, thin women despite a steady stream of protest. For example, according to a Jezebel report, models at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2014 were 78.69% white.

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