Model Londone Myers shares her upsetting racism experience at Paris Fashion Week
This is not on.
Always the centre of controversy, Fashion Week across the world seem to be getting into trouble again and again for their discriminative and body shaming ways.
Most of it, which happens backstage never gets publicised, as many models think they are better off keeping their mouth shut, rather than getting the label or designer in trouble.
They want to make sure they are hired again, they want to make sure they fit the sample sizes and lastly they want to make sure they fit the brands look... which is repetitively causing issues.
One model, Londone Myers, who is half Irish found herself the centre of discrimination at Paris Fashion Week this year and decided to record the whole ordeal.
Creating a behind-the-scenes time-lapse video, it records during the process of all the models getting their hair done yet, nobody attempts to do hers, predominantly because they don't know how.
I don't need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I'm so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro. We all know if you tried that on a white model you'd be #canceled ?? If one doesn't stand we all fall. If it isn't my fro it'll probably be yours ?????? #modelsofcolor #fashionweek #noexcuse #naturalhair #blackhair #naturalhaircare #hair #jesustakethewheel #hairstylist #hairstyling
Speaking to Teen Vogue, Londone explains the situation by saying:
“I was just so frustrated with how people would avoid even looking at me, I usually do my hair before every show, but this time I just showed up without anything on hand like everyone else.”
"No explanation was given at all. There isn’t really much confronting you can do with these hairstylists. I’m not going to chastise them, but they still don’t know what to do with natural hair. The other black girls at the show spoke French, so I was kind of on my own. I simply asked around the room for who did black hair multiple times and was cast aside, until they sat me in this guy’s chair who tried to send me off looking unpolished, like the other black girls. One of the other black models saw all of the lint in my hair and was surprised.”
Londone is certainly not the first, nor will she be the last model to endure this sort of racism until we do something about it
Thank you so much for all the love, passion, and, support from my community. I encourage my powerful working women not only be brave and speak out against the mistreatment they face within the industry - but to also help out and support the newer generation. There is more than enough room for more than one poc supermodel/ it girl at a time. We really need to take notes from the other poc who paved the way for us. I can't imagine what working would be like for us if Naomi, Tyra, Bethann, or even Iman were too scared about not getting shows to speak up. You were born without these shows and you will die without them. Do it for the girls after us and the ones looking up to us. We as women of color need each other more than we need fashion. #modelsofcolor #poc #blackmodels #indianmodels #latinamodels #asianmodels #dominicanmodels #brazilianmodels #africanmodels #melanin #wlyg #noexcuses #wearehere #passtheedgecontrolplease
Posting the video to Instagram, the clip has recieved a large deal of comments from people feeling the exact same.
One comment reads...
"Now that we have more models of colour, we need more hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers etc that know how to support black beauty." She commented.
Fair play to Londone for speaking her mind and more importantly standing up for what she believes in. Hopefully this will spur more change and we can build up momentum in becoming a place where racism is not accepted nor given out on any scale.