The modeling industry has come a long way when it comes to diversity, but as one African model has pointed out with a new photo series, it still has miles to go.
Deddeh Howard, who grew up in Liberia and now lives in Los Angeles, didn’t have an easy start when she tried to break into the modeling business. Several agencies told her ‘thanks but no thanks’, explaining that they already had enough black models on their rosters.
We are bombarded everyday with flashy advertisement, billboards and television ads that try to inspire us to buy the products that are hitting the market. Something that always bothered me when you see these amazing images that very rarely you ever see a black woman on them. When growing up as a girl I always wondered, why the big brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Guess and many others rarely seem to use a black model? And if they do, a very small group of black models does make the cut here and there, but that group seems to remain pretty much identical over a long period of time.
In a time where black people too often are in the media for being underrepresented at important events such as the Oscars or make headlines for being targeted by the police I felt it was time to do something positive and inspiring about my race. For too long the negativity seemed to take over in the public eye.
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More equal visibility of all races, being it white, black, Asian, Latino etc would help all of us believing in our potential. I hope this project can help to bring awareness back to the positive side of black people. Unfortunately we are rarely shown in a positive light in the media, but can see countless times when yet another black person gets shot or arrested. Seeing Jasmine Tookes wearing the most expensive bra at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was so inspiring, we need more of those moments.
H/T: Daily Mail
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