This really struck a cord with me, thanks to @egothieves for bringing it to my attention. I have always found that I have the ultimate love hate relationship with the fashion industry.
I have a lot of model friends, a lot of them are ethnic and this question never gets old in the midst of our conversations. Is the fashion industry really racist?
This documentary really proves that this topic is not fading away anytime soon. It should definitely make some waves within the industry.
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She’s got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models. And when they do, they want them to look “like white girls dipped in chocolate.”
The Colour of Beauty is a shocking short documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry. Is a black model less attractive to designers, casting directors and consumers? What is the colour of beauty?
This film is part of the Work For All series, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.