Just days after Mercedes Benz Fashion Week ended, Jezebel calculated (with the help of Style.com) that a whopping 82 percent of models who walked in the Fall 2013 shows were white. In stark comparison, a menial 6 percent of the models were black. So there’s no denying that the fashion world has purposely limited the access of people of color.
It also comes as to no surprise that yet another publication has deemed it appropriate to put a white model in blackface in an obvious and desperate attempt to gain attention. Numéro magazine, a fashion publication based in France, tapped 16-year-old model Ondria Hardin to be in an editorial called “African Queen.” Dressed in a print jumpsuit, with over-sized jewelry and brown makeup.
So why not just hire an African model? As Jezebel notes, Ford Modeling Agency, which Hardin is signed to, actually has several black models in their roster. So the confusion remains as to why it’s more befitting to cast anything but a brown girl in a fashion editorial.
Happy to get the attention, the magazine has yet to comment on the offensive editorial, but int the meantime we’re happy to shed light on the crass insensitivity they’ve exhibited.
We’re annoyed , what are your thoughts?