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This African Model Just Revealed Something Scary About The Fashion Industry

After being told from companies that they already had enough black models, 27-year-old model Deddeh Howard took a stand against the lack of diversity in the fashion industry.

Diversity in media as a whole has always been an issue. By not including people of races other than white in advertisements, commercials, films, broadcasts, music videos, TV shows (the list could go on for hours), we are failing to accurately represent a true picture of the world we live in. Deddeh Howard, a 27-year-old Liberian model living in Los Angeles, is drawing attention to this necessary conversation.

 

#blackmirror Not to long ago it happened to me that I would walk into various fashion model agencies and I would immediately be compared to that one or two black model that they had on the roster. Even though I was told by those agencies that I have an amazing look and wish they could represent me, they already have a black model. Besides having an abundance of white models. It seemed as if one or two black models on the roster are enough to represent us all. When you are told that, trust me, it feels bizarre. Check out my full story now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com or link in bio. I've been working on this project for a while, for the sake of our new generation. A Call For Diversity!. Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com , Makeup by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

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"Not too long ago it happened to me that I would walk into various fashion model agencies and I would immediately be compared to that one or two black model that they had on the roster," Deddeh wrote on one of her Instagram captions. "Even though I was told by those agencies that I have an amazing look and wish they could represent me, they already have a black model. Besides having an abundance of white models. It seemed as if one or two black models on the roster are enough to represent us all. When you are told that, trust me, it feels bizarre."

Howard recreated a collection of iconic ad campaigns with her photographer boyfriend, taking over the role of the original model, a model who happens to be white in every single one. She called the project "Black Mirror." Her posts went viral and drew some serious awareness toward the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. Check out some of the stunning recreations!

 

 

 

The model/med student/yoga instructor (we could barely fit in lunch between our college classes!) also runs a blog where she discusses her life and how she stays healthy and happy amid the busyness of day-to-day life. We not only love the initiative she took to create these faux campaigns, but we seriously love everything that she's standing for! Bravo, Deddeh!

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Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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