What do you do when you get bored of ‘fatties’ (read: plus size) models and having them naked in every editorial because you can’t find any samples to fit them? You move on to the next gimmick – Asian models!
Vogue says “Asian models are redefining traditional concepts of beauty.” Sorry, what? Because they’re not white and or/blonde, I guess they are redefining Vogue’s concept of beauty, by sticking eight models in a two-page editorial and having the rest of the magazine lily white. But obviously not shaking it up enough, as all eight models have the exact same hair and make-up. Remember how ignorant people say all Asians look the same? This isn’t helping.
I’ve spoken many times about the lack of diversity in models. When casting, I’ve asked several major agencies to send me their Asian/Black/mixed models, and I’ve received all of two cards. What is this nonsense? Are models of minority ethnic origin not as beautiful as their Caucasian counterparts? Are they going to be always pigeonholed into stereotypical campaigns and editorials?
I think it’ll be interesting to see how many other magazines pick this up, and start shooting Asian only editorials. Why does there need to be a distinction? Fashion may not be diverse but your audience sure is.
As Crystal Renn says can’t we just call everyone models? Why must there be an extraneous label on everything?
via: The Fashion Spot