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 each year, there should be no excuse for why the fashion world is taking 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 her instead. Howard stated in her blog she wants it 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.”
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
Photographed by her partner Raffael Dickreuter, Howard’s incredible images are almost perfectly identical to the original — and even more stunning.
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