• Kamla-Kay @KAMLAKAY

Racism & inequality towards Black models: fashion industry trend

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

As a Black, Jamaican model who has booked over 40 national TV commercials and countless print jobs where roles ranged from swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, snuggled with a faux model husband in a hammock for a luxury hotel or playing the role of a new mom for a car commercial, it seems I have accomplished a great feat in my years as a model.

In some regards I have.

But within an industry that values White/fair-skinned models and models who are considered mixed race or ethnically ambiguous with European features, the inequality and lack of inclusivity is so vast that we tend to book substantially less work as a Black model.

Many think that because I have green eyes that I must be one of the Black models who has it easier.