Source: Show Studio
I know it's a struggle everyday, but I'm tired of fighting the good fight. " I wake up every morning knowing that I'm black," said a model friend of mine yesterday while relaxing by the pool. And I completely agree with her. The problem is that we don't have to be reminded by other people all the time. It's great that Obama is running for president and that people are paying more attention to issues concerning black people, but why couldn't this have happened sooner?
I watched photographer Nick Knight's short film about black models in the fashion industry. It's a very simple piece starring Naomi holding up two machine guns. She looks like the epitome of an angry black woman who's militant and intimidatingly beautiful. Basically, Knight takes responsibility for his role in the shortage of black models saga and that's great. He explains "The reality today is that black models are virtually unrepresented in fashion."
This brings me to my current dilemma: I can't get an agent in New York. It frustrates me that the floor has been opened for discussion, but little action is being taken to open doors for models like me. My agent here has been telling me to stay positive, that something will happen as long as we remain diligent. But like I said before, it's hard to keep going when doors are slammed in your face. I love fashion and I love modelling, but can't it just love me back?
Virtually Unrepresented in NYC,
Thanks to Make Fetch Happen and Jezebel for the tip on Nick Knight.
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