I’ve had this on my mind for a long time, I felt if I didn’t speak about it the topic would just play on my mind forever. This isn’t a slight piece or coming from malice or loathe of what we have but from a place of wanting and asking. Considering the climate I would think it wouldn’t be hard to receive.
As the September issues came out and I’m seeing all these beautiful black women on the covers I said something to myself ‘these are all entertainers’ – it’s a weird thought I know but rock with me – as I look at the beautiful imagery I thought not one of these women are models in the conventional sense, good looking? Yes. But no models. Then I scrounge for a super model in this climate I can point to that is put on a pedestal like Aunty Naomi was in the 90’s. And that made me also realise something, Naomi is the go to black super-model for most campaigns.
I have yet to see a youthful black girl who has been given the attention and opportunity that Naomi has been given. I cannot see it, I have not been privy to it. It’s even silly to compare it to the white & Asian counterparts alike, the super-models there are clear. I’m talking for black girls and the culture in general I want to see more black women that have had to achieve extraordinary things to get on these covers but ones who are very beautiful very poised and highly trained, the resources are there the models even are, the opportunities for them to shine just are not.