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Model Deddeh Howard Is Recreating Famous Fashion Campaigns To Highlight A Lack Of Diversity

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In a project named “Black Mirror” Liberian Model Deddeh Howard has taken on the lack of diversity in advertising campaigns by recreating a number of famous fashion images.

Howard, says she’s fighting for more black models to be featured on billboards, TV and hopes her project will make the industry more accessible.

 

“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,” she wrote on her website.

“Even though I was told 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.

“Why can’t the big brands not embrace our diversity more and give all of us visibility? With this Black Mirror project I hope to show the world that it is time for all of us to be seen.”

 

 

In her project, Deddah has focused on brands she likes, but who use fewer models of colour, including Calvin Klein, Gucci, Chanel,  and Victoria’s Secret.

She has also stated that the images are not an attack on the models used, but were merely to show that black women can do the same.

 

“I want them to stand up for themselves, speak up, and not shy away,” Deddeh told Elle when asked for her advice to young black girls.

“Don’t let anybody put you down because of your skin tone. Embrace who you are. We’re all beautiful.”

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