Saturday, March 2, 2013

Mountain Out Of A Molehill, or Racism Rearing Its Ugly Head?

A Facebook page where I comment frequently shared this picture and story recently. 16 yr old white model, Ondria Hardin, recently posed for a pictorial entitled "African Queen", after being covered in a very deep bronze makeup. Yes, both pictures above are the same girl!! Here is a link to an article telling the full story.

When some of us on the page stated that we felt it was racist to hire a white model for that particular shoot, we were told that we were being ridiculous. Apparently color/race are now nothing more than an accessory to put on and take off at will. Why bother to hire an actual black, Asian, Indian, etc. woman for the shoot, when you can just "paint" a white girl to look that way?

My first thought at seeing this was of when people used to perform in "black face," and how offensive that was to black people...and to some white people as well. I do not see how this is any different at all. If someone does, could you please explain it to me?

I hope that, in the near future, we get to hear the voices of some minority models speaking out on the situation, giving us their thoughts.

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