I found this documentary, The Colour of Beauty over at MsAfropolitan. This National Film Board of Canada produced short film (it’s about 17mins) by Elizabeth St. Philip is very revealing in regards to the marketing of beauty.
“Baby Got Back!” aka Racism in the Fashion Industry
03 Saturday Jul 2010
Posted African Women, African/Black Women Blogs, AfroSpear, AfroSphere, Black Women, Culture, Fashion, Racismin
I am so glad that I came across the article. I just created a fashion blog and I try my hardest to find African American models to place in my pictures. We are heavily reinforced the European standard of beauty and I am trying my hardest to fight it. However, it is so hard to find editorial pictures of African American models. If it is not a celebrity, then the photo does not exist. If I can avoid a runaway photo, I will. If I am talking about trends and I cannot find a photo, then I will use a photo with the invisible man, or a mannequin wearing the clothes.