Disgusted by Fashion

Both spreads have been featured in French Vogue and American Vogue. Why couldn’t they hire an African American model, rather than painting the models? How do they even get away with this? I am just so disgusted. This isn’t the first time fashion spreads are racially insensitive. It’s bad enough that during fashion runway shows only 15% of the models are not white.  This only contributes to the problem that ethnic models are seeing less work than white models.

Naomi Campbell has spoken out against the fashion industry, calling it a ‘racist institution’. Campbell, who was the first black cover girl for both French and British Vogue, says that “you know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally.”

Campbell’s friend and designer, Bruce Oldfield, says that “it’s absolutely true that black models will not be as popular for advertising companies and magazine covers as white girls. In a recession, it’s probably doubly difficult for black girls to get a booking….In this climate things are worse, but it is compounding a problem that already exists. Cover editors are going to choose white over black. Naomi is not far off the mark.” Campbell goes on to say that, “this year we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black women, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.” What is sad is that I can’t think of a single major ad campaign featuring a woman of color.

We are in the year 2010 for heaven sake!  We elected our first African-American President and we still have to deal with racism?! It’s not only in the fashion world but it still goes on at our schools, communities, airports and so forth. It is absolutely ridiculous.


2 thoughts on “Disgusted by Fashion

  1. I was looking at this earlier and it is so annoying and disgusting. The implications are many. Aren’t there beautiful african americans or minority models? The only way “color” can be represented is by someone white.

    The standard of beauty has always been white and no matter how far we’ve come, african americans aren’t doing much to alleviate that standard. They live and die and perm by it so it won’t change.

    As heartbreaking as that is to type, it’s true.

    Imagine how hard it is to be told “You’re cute, for a black girl”.

    1. It really is annoying and disgusting. There are plenty of models that range in ethnicities, but for some reason they don’t showcase them. There only definition of beauty is super skinny and white. It’s absurd. You said it best when you mentioned that no matter how far we’ve come the standard of beauty will always be white, America will never grow and truly change.

      And I can’t imagine what it is like to hear “you’re cute for a black girl”. That annoys me and I am sorry you still have to go through it at this day and age. Beauty comes in different shapes, sizes and colors, but the world will never see it and what a shame that is.

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope you keep coming back.

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