Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Color of Beauty

*Thanks House of Chapple for putting me up on this*

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.



  1. Wow, this is so sad! "I need a black girl, but she has to be white dipped in chocolate" - That really drives home. We haven't really progressed much, have we? Thanks for sharing, Toye.

  2. I know right?! We've got to take into consideration that African Americans take up a large percentage of consumer profit when it comes to retail (med and high-end) . (things to think about) :-/


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