BET aired a documentary last week called Fashion Blackout, which explored the barriers that black models have broken, the roles they've played in the fashion industry, and why the hell more of them haven't been on the fashion runways as of late. As to that last issue, well, the models interviewed, for the most part, blamed the people casting the shows (the fashion designers and stylists), the designers blamed the agencies, and the agencies blamed the magazine editors (one rep says he has received casting instructions that specify "no black no Asian"). Unfortunately, Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, one of the most powerful people of color in the fashion industry, had nothing to add to the "where are the black models" debate, other than to express his love of black beauty. Clip above.
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