You might know about Victoria's Secret Angel, Jasmine Tookes. Do you?
Well, the 25-year-old California native received the honor to strut down the catwalk in the 450 karats $3 million Bright Night Fantasy Bra in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
After that, the world thought that the black models are finally getting the exposure they deserve. But, as an African model has pointed out with a new photo series, they still have miles to go.
Check her story with stunning photo series.
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She didn't have an easy start when she tries to break into the modeling industry. Numerous agencies rejected her by saying 'thanks but no thanks.' They all gave the similar reason of already having enough black models on their rolls.
She is fed up of white model domination and thus to draw more attention to the need for diversity in the fashion and modeling industry, Deddeh Howard recreated some of the today's biggest designer campaigns.
To call for visibility of black models, she recreated some of the most famous advertising campaigns featuring biggest names in the world of modeling including, Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, and Gigi Hadid.
It simply proves that black models, like one with Deddeh's sharp and striking looks, can create symbolism just like any white model.
Possibly even better in some cases, no?
"Not too long ago... I would walk into various fashion model agencies, and I would immediately be compared to... one or two black model that they had on the roster," Deddeh wrote on her personal website.
Deddeh said, "Even though I was told by those agencies that I have an amazing look and wish they could represent me, they already have a black model."
"It seemed as if one or two black models on the roster are enough to represent us all. when you are told that, trust me, it feels bizarre," she continued.
For each photo of the series, she posed exactly like the original models, copying their outfits, facial expressions, make-up, and postures.
Isn't it looks just perfect?
Deddeh said in an interview,"It might take a movement to break the status quo, customers speaking out and asking for change and progress. It might take a similar effort like the green movement when it became all of a sudden hip for a brand to produce sustainable products. All it takes is people speaking out."
Howard said,"I want viewers to feel what I have been through when I got rejected and if they have been through the same thing to give them hope they are not alone."
"The two pictures all been shown together should really show that we all have a place, that we all belong and should be visible," she continued.
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