“I am dripping melanin and honey I am black without apology.”
Dear melanin queens, you know how they love everything about us except us. You know how we encourage our queen sisters to drool over their melanin and let no one alter their mindset that we’re beautiful and worthy. Yeah, they tried not hear it here from these melanin drippin’ models this weekend here for #MiamiSwimWeek. All you’ve been hearing about is Miami Swim Week being glorified for embracing the concept of Paralympic athlete and breastfeeding mom in their diverse cast.
But that’s not the raw and uncut story of what really occurred this weekend. Model Joia Talbott and a few other black models were turned away from a casting call during Miami Swim Week. They were rejected due to their race and the preference of Afro hairstyle. Talbott and another model posted their video about the disheartening experience they had she says “10, 15 other black models were dismissed from a casting today because they told us they didn’t want any more black models, and that Afros were a no-no. They [were] definitely not feeling my Afro at all, so I didn’t stand a chance, right?” Then Talbott goes on to state. “Wow. We’re ready to go back to L.A. where we’re appreciated, and we book.
I pray that the fashion industry changes soon and stop shaming women from runway shows to magazines and represent our women of color the correct way they should instead of being shamed for rocking their natural hairstyles.
Check out the video on Instagram.