Ubah Hassan to Ralph Lauren

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After Vogue Italia's Black Issue last summer, a lot of people wondered if the well-publicized move would actually do anything about the lack of black models in the fashion industry.

We think there were definitely some more black girls and guys on the runways last season (though obviously still not in the numbers some hoped to see), but here's at least one concrete piece of evidence of the magazine's pull:

Ubah Hassan, the regal Somalian model who made her debut in that historic issue, is now in her second season as the face of Ralph Lauren, joining Russian Valentina Zelyaeva, one of the highest paid models on earth who's been in too many Ralph ads to count.

Here's to hoping we see more of Ubah next month.

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