Model Chanel Iman Discusses Diversity & Racism in Modeling in The Times Magazine

When we ran our piece “Perception of Beauty” it was to investigate and discuss the changing face of beauty standards in America, especially with those of color. Now we have definitely seen a rise in more curved and ethnically exotic women giving a more diverse look to television, film and modeling but it didn’t seem that any of the people we interviewed thought everything was perfect now. To fall in line with the same discussion we came across an interview with emerging model Chanel Iman. Chanel Iman is among some of the rising models of color we are beginning to see so it’s good to hear from someone currently in the industry and their take on present day diversity in the modeling world. Hit the jump to see her insight.

“I appreciate designers making a strong statement that black women are beautiful. Black women like fashion. And when there’s more diversity on the runway, it makes our world more inclusive.”

“Yeah, most definitely. A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘we already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore.’ I felt very discouraged. When someone tells you, ‘we don’t want you because we already have one of your kind, it’s really sad.”

Full Article via The Times

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