As soon as I saw the model board backstage at the Rick Owens show, I knew it was going to be a bucket-lister of an evening. Instead of the usual big names, the board was full of women of colour who were clearly of average height and build. No famous model-of-the-moment faces sat in MAC makeup artist Lucia Pieroni’s chair while she cheerfully filled in their
eyebrows and powdered skin to a matte but natural finish "to showcase the
natural beauty of really cool girls." These 40 young women were dancers from four different American step dance crews (Maintain, Zeta, Soul Step and W. Diva). Amidst the hum of hair dryers and bustle of equipment-carting camera guys, they formed an intriguing group: starstruck when Lenny Kravitz popped back to greet Owens, frustrated by yet another powder touch up, unsure what they were in for. They were brimming with pre-performance tension, just wanting to get out there and kill it.
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