R&B/jazz singer and actress Erykah Badu is the face of Givenchy's new spring '14 campaign. The forthcoming spring collection is largely inspired by African, and Japanese culture. Says Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, "She's one of the most stylish women I've met in my life," he said. "She's got such a good sense of proportion, of colors."

Badu is joined by models Maria Borges, Riley, and Asia Chow in the bold campaign. Tisci has been a longtime supporter of diversity in the notoriously homogeneous fashion industry.

Tisci adds, "At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it's quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color."