What happens when you’re a obviously stunning model who’s turned away from agencies that have “enough” Black faces already?
You take matters into your own hands, that’s what.
That was the case for model Deddeh Howard who created a breathtaking series called ‘Black Mirror’ with photographer Raffael Dickreuter. The pair reworked (and nailed) some of the most recognizable designer campaigns that originally featured white models, reports The Daily Mail.
With each image, the Liberia-born, Los Angeles-based model explains her mission and calls out the industry for perpetuating the idea that 2-5 Black models per agency can represent us all.
To say that we’re here for this strong stance on the continued lack of diversity in the fashion industry would be an understatement. Deddeh is not only fabulous but she proves that models of color are more than capable of delivering and deserve to be seen, represented and celebrated.
The #blackmirror Q&A time. I’ll answer all your questions in a video. In a time where black people too often are in the media for being underrepresented at important events such as the Oscars or make headlines for being targeted by the police I felt it was time to do something positive and inspiring about my race. For too long the negativity seemed to take over in the public eye. It’s time to should the world what diversity is capable of!. A little quote from the blog post in case you haven’t read the post ( link in bio). #blackmirrorchallenge Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com
What do you mean you already have 2 to 5 black models that looks like me? Did you say the same thing to the 50-100 white models you already have? If @kendalljenner can do it, so can me or any other race!! Here is my prof, so open your eyes and see that Fashion is not black or white! Life is not black or white. I’m just like her. #blackmirror #blackmodelsmatter Right guys? Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we’re all equal, it was United we stand! At least that’s what my parents thought me and that’s what I believe in. I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don’t let anyone tell you’re not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It’s about time we stand up together..Dream and Believe. I’m personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirrow. Full Article now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com ( line in bio). Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
We have a feeling that it won’t be long before several agencies are knocking on Deddeh’s door. She killed it!