Designer Criticized For Making a Light-Skinned Model Too Prominent
BY SUSAN JOHNES
An artist who was celebrating the different skin tones of five black women in powerful images was quickly attacked on social media for making a lighter-skinned model too noticeable in the photo which was a project highlighting the beauty of black skin.
The image in question was from “One,” a series by Isaac West featuring stunning models in colorful underwear set behind brightly colored backdrops. The photo places the most light-skinned woman front and center.
In response, the fashion designer defended his action claiming that the black people had something unique with their skin tone which came in all different shades.
He added that some people sometimes use that against them. “It doesn’t matter if she’s brown, she’s light brown, or she has fair skin. We all are black, and we all are one,” he concluded.
West was born in Liberia, raised in Ghana, and made his way to the United States in 2005 along with his parents.
West wanted to show her in a way that highlighted how radically distinct her skin tone was yet still represented a variation of how different black skin is.
It wasn’t the first time for West to use such powerful images on the social media to celebrate the beauty and diversity of black women.
A few months ago, he directed another project titled Different Melanin, which received much appreciation. That was what inspired him to continue creating similar projects.
He just wanted women of color to start embracing themselves more and be happy with what they have. West advised black women to love their skin tone, their natural hair, and to love themselves.
Black women are the most beautiful creation. Somewhere along the way, they stopped seeing themselves as such.
If you ask ten Blacks who are the most beautiful black and white women, 8 out of 10 would say a black woman. In most Black people eyes, the more European you look, the more beautiful you are.
The beautiful black women should avoid engaging to waste billions of dollars to skin bleaching creams, hair weaves and extensions. They will end up only looking less beautiful than the way God created them.
There is no rule that long straight hair was more beautiful than short kinky hair. Additionally, blue eyes are not more beautiful than brown eyes, and a light complexion isn’t more beautiful than dark skin.
Blacks have been used in modeling for an extended period. For instance, Arlenis Sosa Peña is a 24-year-old Dominican fashion model who went from battling the color prejudice of designers in the Dominican Republic to representing the most prestigious designers and fashion houses in the world.
Arlenis is proud of her black heritage. She says, “We Dominicans should value the things we have principally in our beauty. Our country is black, not blond and blue-eyed.”
It’s surprising that some women spend countless hours tanning in the sun and at tanning salons. You have to wonder if they realize that in 20 years they’ll end up looking more like a ghost. Black women are naturally beautiful.
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