"A White Girl Dipped in Chocolate"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The short documentary called The Colour of Beauty hits the nail on the head. It's the story of Renée Thompson, a black model trying to make a name for herself in the New York fashion industry.

I don't want to give too much away, but here are a couple of quotes that caught my attention:
When referring to the black models that are constantly featured in fashion, agent Justin Peery says, "They really look like white girls that were painted black. That's beauty..."
"One time one of my clients said, 'I need a black model, but she has to be like a white girl dipped in chocolate.'" -Maurilio Carnino, a fashion week casting director and producer
Renée also mentions that clients have told her "black women are not our demographic."

Wow! I've heard those excuses before, but it's really getting old.

Renée, your struggle is my struggle. You are not too black or too old to pursue your passions. I've had potential clients reject me for the same reasons. I've been turned away from castings before I could even get through the door because I'm black.

Would this be allowed to happen in any other industry? So why is it allowed to happen in fashion?

Let's fix this. Don't support brands that don't support you.



Optimistic. said...

NICE VIDEO , just the reality .

israelme said...

So glad I found your blog. Thanks for posting this (even though it makes my blood boil!).

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Anonymous said...

I know how hard it is. I am an Asian model trying to get jobs but they expect Asian models to look half caucasian, to still have black hair and olive skin with caucasian features- big eyes and high noses. Pure asians are shunned where I come from and they prefer the pan asians. Go Nikia, you are a beautiful girl with intelligence and that is hard to find.

Valentine said...

Very interesting video!

I think to make it we as black or coloured people should create our own market/network. Even if it's sad, it's quite understandable that white people won't feel the same urge to buy a product when its represented by a black model... At the end of the day it's all about identification. If one want to buy something one should recognize itself as the typical customer...


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Anonymous said...

Valentine, I don't understand your comment about white people not wanting buy from brands represented by black people; minorities buy from brands that appear to only represent white people. Brands should look more to serve and understand a broader consumer base rather than have a marginalised ethnic network for which one would have to pay a premium. The thinking of the mainstream needs to change.

Britney said...

That is a great video. It's sad how the mainstream works, but she doesn't need to be discouraged. It's hard, but she will find a break. Just keep the faith.