TransGriot Note: I and blogs such as Womanist Musings and Jezebel have talked about the fact that Black models have literally been whitewashed off the fashion runways and off the covers of many fashion magazines over the last few years.
"I think fashion is five steps behind real America, real Canada. There's been way more progress in personal and interpersonal relationships between the races than there has in fashion. Fashion is stuck in 1955, and I don't know what it's going to take to get them to move forward."
Stylist Mann from 'The Colour of Beauty' documentary.
Maybe a few discrimination lawsuits and a congressional investigation?
Jezebel has been tracking the lack of diversity of New York fashion shows for several years, so it didn't surprise me a bit when their report on the Spring 2010 shows came out and revealed the New York shows were less diverse than the last time Jezebel conducted the survey.
That's a nice segue into this Elizabeth St. Phillip film entitled 'The Colour Of Beauty' that highlights the point that Black models aren't loved by the Fashion Industry in ANY economy.
It's past time for us to stop spending money on designer labels if the designers not only aren't going to use our sisters to work their shows, but come up with weak ass racist excuses to justify it.