First there was Facebook. Then, soon Twitter took over as the social media obsession of choice. But of course, there’s always that new craze itching to take the number one technology spot. Lately, the fashion industry has been gravitating towards Tumblr.

Not familiar with Tumblr? Here’s a quick summary. Tumblr started as microblogging site but with no character limit, it allows for more text than Twitter.

The site encourages users to post multiple times a day where re-blogging is the best way to spread the word about your blog. In 2009, Tumblr was even named to President Obama’s Top 5 Tech Tools in PC World. The site has a heavy focus on image sharing as well.

So what does fashion have to do with Tumblr? “Over the past year, fashion has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments of the Tumblr community, with 20% of our top 1000 blogs related to fashion—the fashion community on Tumblr is valuable to brands,” Rich Tong said earlier this year. Because of the growing popularity of fashion on Tumblr, Rich Tong has recently been named Tumblr’s Fashion Director. Tumblr’s founder David Karp told TechCrunch “Tumblr wants to be the best place in the world for the best creative community with fashion at the core of this focused strategy.”

Even after making my own Tumblr, I’m always looking for more fascinating pages to follow. So I’ve put together the Top 10 Tumblr’s of Color that you should know:

1) Models of Color
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An endless stream of fabulous photos of diverse models from all over the globe.

2) Gabi Fresh

If you are a fan of Gabi’s blog ‘Young, Fat & Fabulous,’ you’ll love her daily postings of fun outfits with great picture quality, answers to reader questions and funny GIF’s.

3) Necole Bitchie


Who isn’t familiar with Necole Bitchie, the beautiful blogger whose site is the go-to source for black celeb news? Always ahead of the trend, Necole created a Tumblr page where she interacts with her audience on a personal level.  She posts her latest fashion pictures, motivational quotes and fun updates from her adventures in NYC and LA.

4) Black Vintage

For beautiful photos of black vintage models and fashion, and historical facts dating back to the 1800s, look no further than Black Vintage. Whether educating yourself on the Harlem Renaissance or iconic models like Donyale Luna, this Tumblr’s got it all.

5) Afrobella
PhotobucketOne of the first successful bloggers of color, Afrobella’s Tumblr serves as a visual mood board with inspiring images of natural-haired beauties, uplifting quotes and funny personal anecdotes.

6) Black Fashion
PhotobucketBlack Fashion is one of the most popular fashion pages on Tumblr as it celebrates all the beauty and uniqueness of black style. Follow them for rare photos of supermodels and stunning images of real fashion folks.

7) Inny Vinny
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Women who love vintage fashion are probably familiar with fashion blogger, Alicia, who created Inny Vinny (Instant Vintage). Her Tumblr is the go-to source for cool vintage finds and her comedic rants.

8 ) Style is Style
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Fab blogger Lydia from Style is Style chronicles the outfits she uniquely pieces together and fun fashion photos on her addictive Tumblr page.

9) Natural Hair Rules
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When going natural, nothing’s more fun than getting hair inspiration from exquisite photos and Natural Hair Rules is one of the best places on Tumblr to do just that.

10) Lori Cotton
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Lori created ‘His and Hers Chicago‘ and the Tumblr serves as a real-time version of the site, uniquely offering a musing of both her and her boyfriends’ fashion sense.

Do you “Tumble”? Who are your favorite Tumblr’s of color?

-Christina Thomas

  • http://fattiesoslim.tumblr.com Brianna

    YES! I love Tumblr! This is exactly what I needed!

  • http://nesheaholic.com LaNeshe

    http://naturalbelle.tumblr.com/ should definitely be added to the list. Her blog and tumblr are great.

  • http://birdiztheword.blogspot.com Bird

    @LaNesha I agree. Love Belle’s blog! Also FuckYeahCurlsCurlsCurls should def be added if you’re into natural hair porn =)

  • http://www.twitter.com/x_tinaaaa Christina

    Thanks for the suggestions guys! Who knows, maybe there will be a part 2 soon :)

    • http://DeBeard.Tumblr.Com Robin Nicole

      Also Lecoil.Tumblr.com

  • http://DeBeard.Tumblr.Com Robin Nicole

    Click on my name for the link. My bearded beaux and I were talking about the lack of information about facial hair for men of color, so I decided start DeBeard. I got so much love from other communities that I had to embrace and add them to the mix. I am a blogger of color, but my blog is not race specific.

  • http://mykiepiphany.tumblr.com Mykie

    I love tumblr!!!My fave tumblrs of color is street etiquette.tumblr.com and lecoil.tumblr.com. street etiquette showcases men fashions. Even though I am a girl, I love SE for showing stylish and sexy black men. As for Lecoil, it’s a tumblog that showcases natural hair… I love this site because I have locs and seeing real women and men with beautiful motivates me to take care of my hair better and inspires me to try new styles. :)
    And to answer the question, “if i have a tumblr?’, YES I DO! mykiepiphany.tumblr.com. basically, it’s a personal blog of my journey through college and other things. check it out! :)

  • http://www.hairspiration.blogspot.com naturalbelle

    awwww thank you lanesh and bird!
    i love and follow all the tumblr’s in your top ten! they are all sooooo fab thanks for shining a light on tumblr blogs p.s love coco & creme your articles are always great! keep it up xxx
    one to add to the list http://hi-imcurrentlyobsessed.tumblr.com/

    • Kea

      I was just going to make the same comment…hi-imcurrentlyobsessed is a great tumblr showcasing natural hair in all its beauty!

  • http://www.innyvinny.com Alicia

    Awww, you guys!!!

    I am slacking on the fashion front with my tumblr…gotta get back on that. LOL.

    Thank you for the inclusion!!

  • Seritta

    I never did visit Necole Bitchies site because I had the impression it was negative like bossip but I checked it out and I think I’ll be reading it a bit more. Thanks C&C. Also been a long time fan of his&herschicago and wish they never stopped posting.

  • http://www.scandalousbeautyonline.com Erin

    Awesome list! I follow Gabi and Afrobella already, can’t wait to add the rest! My tumblr is http://erinscandalous.tumblr.com .

  • kay

    Black people need to stop co-opting the term “of color”. If this is a list of bloggers of color, where are the Latina, Asian, and native girls? We need to be coming together as minorities. A Latina friend once joked to me that Black people think they are the king of the minorities. And from this hegemonic word stealing, it appears that she was right.

  • http://www.iwantyoutoknow.co.uk Kb

    I am black, but it’s not really something I refer to, still it’s nice to know that there are all sorts of races blogging and adding a little variety to the landscape. My blog is http://www.iwantyoutoknow.co.uk/ and my Tumblr is http://kristabelloves.tumblr.com/. Thanks for sharing new blogs to read!

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