Deddeh Howard calls for more racial diversity in fashion with the Black Mirror project
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On LA-based model Deddeh Howard’s blog, Secret of DD, she states: “It is time for more diversity and models of all races being seen.”
The Black Mirror project is led by Howard with photographer Raffael Dickreuter to tackle the issue of the fashion industry’s lack of racial diversity. In the project, Howard recreates recognisable fashion images which previously featured white models to show that in the industry, as she says on her blog, "black girls are almost invisible."
The project highlights the number of major fashion campaigns that have failed to cast any non-white models, and shows that the lack of black models in fashion is worrying and unnecessary.
Howard says on an Instagram caption "it's about time we stand up together", calling for more recognition of the divide in fashion. Standing up against the issue, and asking for the support of others to work together to see the fashion industry make the required changes, she hopes for "more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all."
Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we're all equal, it was United we stand! At least that's what my parents thought me and that's what I believe in. I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don't let anyone tell you're not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It's about time we stand up together..Dream and Believe. I'm personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirrow. Full Article now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com ( line in bio). Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
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Howard writes on her Secret of DD blog that she is tired of being "told by [fashion model] agencies that I have an amazing look and wish they could represent me [but] they already have a black model." As Howard is emphasising, the fashion industry has the potential to celebrate diversity. Yet, she is concerned that there is not enough being done to move past the heavy focus on white models. This is what she hopes to change. In an industry that too often lacks racial diversity, Deddeh Howard is making a powerful statement that all-white fashion campaigns should no longer be accepted as the norm. Calling for more acceptance of black models, Black Mirror is a hugely important project that is drawing attention to, and challenging, a major issue in the world of fashion.