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In search of representation: Black models on the runway

Posted by Chandalalaland.com

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I’ll admit that whilst I thoroughly enjoy ogling at couture collections I’m really also looking for something or rather someone. My representative. The Black Model.

Black models continue to be so few and far between that I’ve memorized a select few that’s it’s almost unfair because there are so many of them whose names should be recognized, but because the work is so few, they’re not.  And here’s why: Michelene Auguste was quoted saying when she attended a casting, she was told that agents were not using models of her type.  To receive such a response in this day and age is appauling to say the least.

I will say though, that unlike their American counterpart, the European Vogue shows our girls some love and the editorial spreads are just breathtaking. So, on whose runways can you find them?  Mara Hoffman, Viviene Westwood, Zac Posen, Gaultier, Catherine Malandrino, Versace, DVF, McQueen, and Lanvin to name but a few.  So aside from the usual suspects beauties-Alek, Liya, Chanel and Naomi, I’d like to introduce or re-introduce a few to you that you should be on the look out for.

I’ll be doing a weekly profile of these ladies so look out for that! Special shout out to Essence Magazine for putting together such a comprehensive directory and inspiring this post.  Let’s support our girls.

 

Ajuma Nasenyana-Kenyan

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Ataui Deng-Sudanese

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Ajak Deng-Sudanese

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Anais Mali-French

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Arlenis Sosa-Dominican

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Leona Binx Walton-American

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Cindy Bruna-Congolese-Italian

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Devanie Gobir-Nigerian American

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Fatima Siad-Somalian

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Grace Bol-Sudanese

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Grace Mahary-Eritrean

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Herieth Paul-Tanzanian

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Kai Newman-Jamaican

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Kyra Green-American

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Imaan Hamman-Dutch

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Jasmine Tooks-American

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Jeneil Williams-Jamaican

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Malaika Firth-British

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Maria Borges-Angolan

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Marihenny Rivera Pasible-Dominican

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Melodie Monrose-Martinican

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Michelene Auguste-Trinidad & Tobago

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Nykhor Paul-Sudanese

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Roberta Narciso-Angolan

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Senait Gidey-Canadian

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Sessilee Lopez

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Sharam Diniz-Angolan

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2 Comments

  • Thanks for shifting the focus and placing the limelight on these lovely ladies that have been underrepresented just because of their “kind” (or so you’ve mentioned above).

    Can we get some Transformation going on in the fashion modelling industry?!

    • Thanks Gingerbread girl!

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