Friday, 20 July 2018

Models Claim They Were Turned Away From A Casting For Being Black.

The number of stories from black models who are turned away from runway castings continues to grow, as do accounts of models who are confirmed for shows, but don't actually end up walking. That’s why we celebrate firsts — like Louis Vuitton having a black model open its spring 2018 show for the first time in its 163-year history, or Comme des Garçons casting black models for the first time ever, or the fact that last February’s Fashion Month saw the most models of colour walk (as did this past couture season). It reminds us that, albeit slowly, the fashion industry is making a real effort to be more diverse and inclusive — it also makes us more conscious of when brands get (or don’t get) something right.

On Monday, we saw the dark side of modelling, when Racked reported that black models had been turned away from Miami Swim Week castings. Though the article did not explicitly name which brand was responsible, it did include first-hand accounts from multiple models, including Joia Talbott. “They told us they didn’t want any more black models and that afros were a no-no,” one model said in a video posted to Facebook. “They was definitely not feeling my afro at all, so I didn’t stand a chance, right? Wow. We’re ready to go back to L.A., where we’re appreciated, and we book.”

By Channing Hargrove.
Full story at Refinery 29.

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