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Balmain Dresses Stars Of ‘My Profession Is Not Black’ @ Cannes Film Festival

Authors of the book “Noire N’est Pas Mon Métier” (My Profession Is Not Black) attended the documentary ‘s premiere during Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (May 16).

This doc shows what 16 actresses, including its director Aïssa Maïga, have faced as women of colour working in France’s film industry, from sexism to racism.

This is the second moment of solidarity we have seen at this festival following the protested the festival’s lack of female representation just days before
Olivier Rousteing, the first black head designer of Balmain, was honoured to dress all the women in custom pieces from his Fall 2018 collection.

In an interview with Vogue before the premiere, Olivier said, “I was adopted by a white family. People used to ask my parents how they could adopt a black kid and they would call me a bastard to my face, so I’ve seen racism; I’ve experienced it,” going on to explain that he not only experienced racism as a child but later in his career in fashion, too. He went on to say, “Fashion is all about being modern, but sometimes, it’s not so avant-garde. I think if I were white, some of my design choices might have been taken in a different way. It’s easy for the industry to judge, and some of my choices, let’s say, would have been judged in a different way.”

The designs worn by each actress were all different as he wanted to portray that “being sexy and being glamorous is not for one kind of body type or personality. All of these women are different and some wanted to be very sexy and others wanted to be more covered up. It was about what they wanted and all I asked of them was, ‘What is the gown of your dreams?’”

What a beautiful story, man and group of women.

We salute them all.

Credit: Getty

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15 Responses to Balmain Dresses Stars Of ‘My Profession Is Not Black’ @ Cannes Film Festival

  1. Pheephee May 18, 2018 at 05:23 #

    Nice. Good mix of looks. They look beautiful.

  2. Amy May 18, 2018 at 05:00 #

    I miss some color in this lineup, I don’t understand whye everybody went silver and black. Maybe it was planned.
    Anyway I like the diversity of the cut, you get a cool gown on the left, some sick jumpsuits, the glitzy mini… Pretty much the whole spectrum
    Very nice of Olivier R.

  3. James May 17, 2018 at 18:08 #

    They all look lovely but my fave is the second one on the left with the pony tail. Her dress is fierce! The English title of the documentary is horrible and inaccurate! I would have translated like this : “Being Black is not my profession “.

    • Michaboa May 18, 2018 at 00:25 #

      That’s Karidja Toure. She’s my favourite too.

  4. Caroline May 17, 2018 at 15:48 #

    Goosebumps! Whether you like Olivier’s Balmain or not, he empowers women and has been doing so for a while in the industry.
    If it weren’t for him all these women up there would not have had access to a brand like Balmain and would probably be wearing Christian Siriano, Georges Chakra or other less high-profile and expensive brands and we know this. No other creative director of high fashion brands have gone out of their way to exit the exclusiveness.

    • elle May 17, 2018 at 18:05 #


  5. Megs222 May 17, 2018 at 15:46 #

    I love every look. It’s a cohesive collection, but everyone is expressing themselves. The way fashion should be.

    • mm May 18, 2018 at 00:11 #

      I agree! Everyone looks so good.

  6. Chris May 17, 2018 at 13:56 #

    Love these! They all look fantastic from what I can tell.

  7. Ms Rockets May 17, 2018 at 13:28 #

    How inspiring.

    Everyone looks fantastic.

  8. Ana May 17, 2018 at 13:24 #

    “What is the gown of your dreams”
    He sounds like a great guy.

  9. CreoleLady May 17, 2018 at 12:15 #

    Fabulous on multiple levels. The looks range from classic LBD to Balmain glitzy glam. A wonderful tableau.

    • Maria F. May 17, 2018 at 13:37 #

      plus all the different hair styles. Amazing.

    • The original AB May 17, 2018 at 13:54 #

      +2. What I like is that no look seems forced. Everyone looks comfortable, individual and completely themselves. The collective is a vision of loveliness.

  10. Charlotte May 17, 2018 at 12:07 #

    I love this!
    They all look great and they look even better in motion on TV.

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