Last night I went to a fantastic event in West London called Top Model of Colour. As an established event I am sure many of you have heard of it, nonetheless, I thought I would share!
The judges were erm....constructive to say the least.
Stand out quotes from the night include:
“Your walk is really stumpy”
“Why is your hair covering half of your face” and
“You are a pretty girl but what else can you do”
The models provided their own comedy gems including citing Naomi Campbell as a prominent black model under the age of thirty(?!?).... but alas that is why they are models!
There were three categories; casual wear, swimwear (twit twoo) and evening wear, intertwined with questions and entertainment.
All of that said, events such as these remind me of the level of diversity and beauty on offer from ‘models of colour’ and also got me thinking about whether there is still a glass ceiling within an industry that is supposedly inherently dynamic.
Are there still limitations for black models or is this an illusion created by disgruntled individuals who lack that 'je ne sais quoi' which makes an individual stand out. In order to front a high fashion campaign you cannot be ‘kinda buff still’ you have to have an edge that sets you apart irrespective of race. If this is the case, what is the best way of showcasing these qualities? As a community how do we create more than one ‘supermodel’ every decade?
This glass ceiling is mirrored throughout society, the corporate sector, music, politics etc...
The question is how can it be sledge-hammered once and for all?
Social commentary aside the male heats will be held on
Sat, 21 Aug 2010 7PMBush Hall
310 Uxbridge Road
London W12 7LJ
Did somebody say topless male models.......????