BET News takes an inside look at one of fashion’s industry’s lasting weaknesses: The lack of Black models at major fashion shows and ad campaigns. Across the globe, as the runways fade to white, we have to ask ourselves, “Has Black become unfashionable?” Top Black style-makers will pull no punches as they expose their industry’s dirty little secret: racism by some of the top names in fashion. Bethann Hardison, Naomi Campbell, Andre Leon Talley, Tracy Reese, Liya Kebede, Iman and others give the lowdown on the lack of Black images in high fashion.
After keeping its silence on the issue, the Black Fashion World is moving to action after last fall’s shows at New York’s fashion week. Their mission is to keep Black models from becoming extinct in a business they, at one time, were near dominating. So why have images of Black models been in sharp decline in high fashion for more than a decade? What does this mean for society at large? At the helm of the issue is Bethann Hardison who has modeled, run her own modeling agency and handled casting over the years.
At her recent town hall meeting, “Out of Fashion: The Absence of Color,” she said, “In the United States of America, this is the one industry that still has the freedom to refer to people by their color and reject them in their work.”
Don’t miss the premiere of this event tonight at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
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