Saturday, December 10, 2016

Stunning Liberian Model Recreates Fashion Campaign to Encourage Diversity

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 Although the modeling industry has come a long way to accepting diversity and inclusion, there is still a good deed of work left to do. But luckily enough, one model is making some great strides. As a Liberian native, breaking into the industry was very challenging for Deddeh Howard.

When she first tried to find an agency, some would tell her they already have a black model. In her series entitled "Black Mirror", Howard, and photographer Raffael Dickreuter, recreated famous campaigns by Gucci, Victoria's Secret, and David Yurman that originally featured other famous supermodels.

For each photo in the series, Howard posed exactly like the original models-- Linda Evangelista, Candice Swanepoel, and Michelle Williams to name a few. She also copied their outfits, make-up, facial expressions, and poses. "In a time where black people too often are in the media for being underrepresented at important events such as the Oscars or make headlines for being targeted by police, I felt it was time to do something positive and inspiring about my race," she said.

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Despite the amount of money that is spent on advertisements, black women are still rarely represented. "At New York fashion week or any other famous fashion events: black girls are almost invisible," she wrote. "There is the odd one here and there, but it always feels like an afterthought. We live in a globalized world with nowadays many interracial couples producing mixed babies. Why can't the big brands not embrace our diversity more and give us all visibility?"

Howard is casting light on an ever-growing issue. Although she only posted the series a few days ago, Howard has been approached by several agencies and brands for work or even to help them understand what they should be doing right. Check out "Black Mirror" below!

By: Ajea Nicole

Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
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