This Photo of Issa Rae at New York Fashion Week Is All of Us
I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually feel particularly “seen” during Fashion Week. I’m not an influencer, I don’t have a closet filled with Louboutins, I don’t know how to “smize.” But on Feb. 11, 2020, everything changed. Issa Rae, creator of all that is holy (i.e. Insecure) arrived at NYFW.
Rae committed to the blazer-sans-shirt look, sitting in Vera Wang’s front row in a plunging black jacket and matching cropped trousers. She paired the sophisticated yet sexy two-piece with strappy black sandals and silver hoops.
But we’re not here to talk about fashion (I understand the irony of that statement). We need to discuss what happened when Rae sat down.
The actress and writer was seated next to Lisa Rinna and her daughters Delilah and Amelia Hamlin. And what do people do when they’re seated in the front row of a very fancy fashion show (or any fashion show, probably)? They pose.
When the photographer trained their lens on the Rinna/Hamlin clan, all three women turned to confront the camera (yes, confront — look at their faces, they’re ready for a Real Housewives-style confrontation). Rae, seemingly aware of the photo op happening on her right, turned the other direction and stared solemnly into the distance.
I am her. She is me. We are one.
I admit, it’s very possible that the stoic background in this photo was unintended. Maybe Rae was just mentally planning her day, or trying to remember if she turned the coffee pot off? But I will forever choose to believe that Ms. Rae saw the camera coming and decided that the Rinna/Hamlin narrative was one she’d like to be excluded from.
Happy NYFW to me.