On Monday night, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show might have seemed more diverse than usual, with models like Jourdana Phillips and Maria Borges rocking natural hair, along with a record number of Asian models walking in the show.
I woke up this morning feeling over the moon!!! I am so happy to have shared viewing this epic event with my family last night! To have my mom in the audience of the VS show in Paris was the most rewarding feeling ever! They have seen the ups and downs of my career since the very beginning. They have watched me start and stop modeling almost a million times! This was for you guys!! Perseverance and a positive mindset is everything! Don't let setbacks keep you from getting what you want. Remember that people don't know your worth until you show them what it is. "Faith is giving the divine the chance to act." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. A special thank you to some of the people who helped make this happen. Your support means the world!! @majormodelsny @nadiawomen @10magazine @ed_razek @johndavidpfeiffer @victoriassecret
However, it's not enough for just one fashion brand to slowly start diversifying its modeling pool. High-fashion has a history of minimal racial diversity that has only begun to be amended recently. In a world that is increasingly more progressive, there should be no excuse for the fashion world to take so long to catch up.
Just look at Liberian-born model Deddeh Howard's Black Mirror project, which perfectly highlights the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. "Seeing Jasmine Tookes wearing the most expensive bra at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was so inspiring, we need more of those moments," Howard posted on her blog. (Tookes was only the third woman of color in the show's history to wear the bra.)
In the Black Mirror project, Howard recreated high-end fashion advertisements that feature white women— Gigi Hadid, Linda Evangelista and Gisele Bündchen — but with herself instead. Howard stated in her blog that she wants the project to be a positive message about her race.
"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," she said, "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."
Photographed by her partner, Raffael Dickreuter, Howard's incredible images are almost perfectly identical to the original — and even more stunning.
Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we're all equal, it was United we stand! At least that's what my parents thought me and that's what I believe in. I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don't let anyone tell you're not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It's about time we stand up together..Dream and Believe. I'm personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirrow. Full Article now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com ( line in bio). Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
What do you mean you already have 2 to 5 black models that looks like me? Did you say the same thing to the 50-100 white models you already have? If @kendalljenner can do it, so can me or any other race!! Here is my prof, so open your eyes and see that Fashion is not black or white! Life is not black or white. I'm just like her. #blackmirror #blackmodelsmatter Right guys? Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
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