When it comes to the modeling world, diversity is still a problem. It’s 2017 for crying out loud! We still don’t have many models of color gracing campaigns and walking shows. Where’s the diversity?
This runway show only had a small quantity of models of color. Yet they used cornrows, part of black culture. So where are the models of color?
People don’t see this as a problem, but it is. It damages little girls of color’s self esteem. Perpetuating the notion that European features are the only features that are beautiful. When I was a little girl, I wanted to bleach my skin to be as pale as possible, I wanted blonde straight hair and blue eyes. I hated being black. I thought I was ugly. But I’ve learned to love myself. But I can’t imagine how dark skin girls of color feel. I didn’t have it as bad, I was light skinned and had a few European features. So, imagine the self hatred dark skin girls feel. We need representation in the modeling world. We need it for the future generation of boys and girls. Models are the most influential public figures, we see them everywhere. We look up to models. Imagine if we had diversity. Imagine how many girls wouldn’t hate them selves. They’d learn to love their ethnic features.
Here’s a list of models of color that we should support:
Disclaimer: This article is not an attack on white models.