Just when the fashion industry is progressing in terms of diversity and colour, it seems we take two steps back right smack to where we started from. Why else will a top black model, widely recognized too, be kicked out of a fashion show?
Ajak Deng took to Twitter to express her disgust with the fashion house, Balmain Paris, after being refused entry into the fashion week showcase because she was “too black”. She shared this racism scandal before deleting her account and Twitter has exploded since the tweets went out.
Balmain Paris isn’t known for racism and the luxury brand actually opened that particular fashion show with several black models including Jourdan Dunn parading. Rihanna is also the current face of the brand and she certainly isn’t white, but she isn’t “too black” either – what exactly does too black mean anyway?
The Paris fashion week is currently in full swing, but after New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, and Milan Fashion Week a lot of people had called out the fashion shows for a minor diversity with their models with most being Caucasian. This new incident has further fueled the debates.