StyleBlazer Exclusive: ‘The Face’ Winner Devyn Clears Up “I’m Not A Black Girl Model” Comment, Hopes To Inspire All Women

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SB: I know recently you caught a lot of heat when you said you didn’t consider yourself a black model. Do you think that comment was taken out of context and do you want to clear it up?

Devyn: “I’ve been waiting for the moment to address this.  I can understand how someone can take it out of context, and how someone could misinterpret it. I definitely want to apologize because I didn’t want to offend anybody in any type of way. But that’s not where the core of, you know, where my answer was. My answer was basically saying being a model doesn’t have to do with your race. And I mean, look at Naomi [Campbell], she’s one of the coaches! And it really has to do with being an inner woman. It really has to do with playing this role. Like being a model, it’s a talent. You’re supposed to adjust to your clients that you get. It’s sad that people took it that way and I can understand. Some people took it as offense like, oh, she’s light skinned so she thinks she’s better. Or she just doesn’t think that’s she’s black. And I’m clearly I’m a black woman. It’s very clear… And it actually really hurt. It was really offensive, especially on Team Karolina, there were only two black girls left. All I can say is that I’m sorry if I offended somebody but that’s not what I meant whatsoever. It’s clear that I’m a black woman. Me not embracing the fact that I’m a black woman would be a disgrace to my mother and my daughter. And that’s where I came from and that’s what I produce. So that’s something I would never… I mean, it doesn’t make any sense.”

SB: You worked so hard, and we know that your daughter is your motivation. She’s a little too young to understand the magnitude of you winning. But when she’s older, how would you sum up this experience for her?

Devyn: “It’s as easy as taking all the tapes I’ve recorded of The Face, and popping it in and letting her see it for herself. Because actions speak louder than words. She’ll see it, and that’s all that matters to me. My dedication, what I’ve done. I’m still mommy no matter what. Whether I’m the face of this brand or the next brand, or whether I’m working a 9 to 5, I’m still going to be mommy.”

 StyleBlazers, do you think Devyn is fashion’s next big one?

 

-Jada Gomez-Lacayo

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  • Wepo1

    Black women need to lay off this woman!

    • vanessa

      And You need to shut the faaqkup

  • ijs

    …..yeah i dnt feel it sorry to late for me. the words “i dont consider myself a black model” is different from “i dnt put myself into a catagory of race.” ijs thats just my opinion

  • roughcutdiamond

    Devyn is back tracking now, she shouldn’t have won. Her wack explanation is too late.

  • http://twitter.com/SeikoIsKING Seiko

    She didn’t mean it like that! I don’t consider her a Black model either! I consider her to be a MODEL who just so happens to be black

    • http://twitter.com/HollyGrove7 Holly Grove

      She got so much backlash not because she simply said she doesn’t consider herself a black model, it was her explanation as to why.She could’ve said “I don’t consider myself a black model because I don’t want to put myself in a box.” INSTEAD, she said, “I don’t consider myself a black model BECAUSE I’M FAIR-SKINNED SO I HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL LOOK.”

      • http://twitter.com/SeikoIsKING Seiko

        But people wanting to jump on her because they took what she said out of context was just dead wrong. Its clear that she is not AS well spoken as other models

        • http://twitter.com/HollyGrove7 Holly Grove

          What she said was not taken out of context because she shouldn’t have mentioned being “fair-skinned” (which she isn’t) in the same breath. She was basically saying “I’m light skinned so I don’t fit into the mold of being a “black” model.”

        • ItMustBeJelly

          I very clearly understood the context of what she said. I think unfortunately she didn’t understand the context. I hope she learns to think before she speaks next time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564967486 Francena McGirt

        Exactly.

  • Sue

    Who cares if she is black, white, whatever ! My thing is, I try to go out of my way to support black women. Therefor when she come forward stating she isn’t black its like alrighty then. Let me find another sister ( who most likely need the support) to throw my support behind…….NEXT ! I try to support my own the same as others do ! Sarah & Linsey dont need my support. Besides Sarah & linsey are every which way you turn….so when I try to do my part supporting black faces, helping inspire other black faces. Dont come with that im not a black woman. If thats the case it defeats the purpose of my intentions ( supporting bw) dont get mad when we fall back !

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564967486 Francena McGirt

      I completely agree.

  • Honesty

    I’m not impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/isattahadiyah Isatta Hadiyah

    I really don’t understand why people were so up in arms about the comment. Like, relax.

  • tracy

    There are MUCH prettier black women, she is like Chanel Iman to me (the other black model) just OKAY