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She Doesn’t Consider Herself Black? Model from “The Face” Gets Criticism from All Over

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Leave it to Wendy Williams to ask the hard questions that get everyone talking.  Wendy Williams recently asked Devyn, a participant on “The Face,” a modeling show on Oxygen, if it was hard for her to be a black girl model.  The response got the Internet buzzing, making the public wonder what kind of woman they might be supporting.  Here’s how the exchange went down.

Wendy: Is it hard to be a black girl model?

Devyn: I don’t really consider myself to be a black girl model. I mean, I know what my ethnicity is, but I’m fair-skinned and I feel like I have an international look.

Wendy: So you don’t feel black.

Devyn: No, that’s not what I said, whatsoever.

Naomi Campbell had a lot to say at that moment, saying that the woman is a “disgrace” for her remarks.

Devyn, who was born in the Bronx, was hit pretty hard with critics around the globe, both prominent and not.  This led her to speak with StyleBlazer about what happened so that she might have a chance to rectify the perception of her as a woman who isn’t proud of her own ethnicity.  Here’s some of what she said:

“I’ve been waiting for the moment to address this.  I can understand how someone can take it out of context, and how someone could misinterpret it. I definitely want to apologize because I didn’t want to offend anybody in any type of way. But that’s not where the core of, you know, where my answer was.
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My answer was basically saying being a model doesn’t have to do with your race. And I mean, look at Naomi [Campbell], she’s one of the coaches! And it really has to do with being an inner woman. It really has to do with playing this role. Like being a model, it’s a talent. You’re supposed to adjust to your clients that you get. It’s sad that people took it that way and I can understand. Some people took it as offense like, oh, she’s light skinned so she thinks she’s better. Or she just doesn’t think that’s she’s black. And I’m clearly I’m a black woman. It’s very clear… And it actually really hurt. It was really offensive, especially on Team Karolina, there were only two black girls left. All I can say is that I’m sorry if I offended somebody but that’s not what I meant whatsoever. It’s clear that I’m a black woman. Me not embracing the fact that I’m a black woman would be a disgrace to my mother and my daughter. And that’s where I came from and that’s what I produce. So that’s something I would never… I mean, it doesn’t make any sense.”

Read more of the interview at StyleBlazer.