Please don’t delete the link to the photographers/artists, thanks!
[Gifset of Cameron Russell. Text:
I am on this stage because I’m a model, I’m on this stage because I’m a pretty white woman and in my industry, we call that a “sexy girl.”
The first question is: “How do you become a model?” And I’d always just say, “Oh, I was scouted,” but that means nothing. The real way that I became a model is I won a genetic lottery and I’m the recipient of a legacy.
And maybe you’re wondering, “What is this legacy?”. Well, for the past few centuries, we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry, which we are biologically programmed to admire, but also tall, slender figures and femininity and white skin.
And I know that there are people in the audience who are skeptical at this point, and maybe they are some fashionistas who are like, “Wait, Naomi, Tyra, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen,” and first, I commend you on your model knowledge, very impressive. [audience laughs]
But unfortunately, I have to inform you that in 2007 a very inspired NYU Ph.D student counted all the models on the runway, every single one that was hired, and of the 677 models that were hired only 27, less than 4%, were non-white.]
This was like the best ted talk i’ve ever seem