A black model recreated some of world’s top photoshoots and they are just too beautiful

Posted on December 08 2016 , at 06:52 pm
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  • Deddeh Howard’s Black Mirror photo series remakes modelling campaigns featuring Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and more.

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Deddeh Howard thinks ‘It is time for more diversity.’ Photos: Deddeh Howard/ Instagram/Secretofdd

A model is encouraging the fashion industry to take a good hard look at its racial bias, through a powerful photo series that holds a ‘Black Mirror’ up to famous campaigns.

Deddeh Howard collaborated with her photographer boyfriend Raffael Dickreuter to recreate some of the world’s biggest modelling campaigns – including ones by Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria’s Secret – as ‘a call for more diversity’ in the industry, in a series called Black Mirror.

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Alongside the above side-by-side shot showing Howard recreate Kendall Jenner’s Calvin Klein ad
The side-by-side shot shows Howard recreate Kendall Jenner’s Calvin Klein ad and it’s beautiful.

She captioned the picture on Instagram: ‘What do you mean you already have two to five black models that looks like me? Did you say the same thing to the 50 to 100 white models you already have?

‘If Kendall Jenner can do it, so can me or any other race! Here is my proof, so open your eyes and see that fashion is not black or white! Life is not black or white.

‘I’m just like her.’

Howard has first hand experience of the fashion industry’s bias towards white models.
Howard’s posts have hit a chord on Instagram, with plenty of praise from commenters.

According to her; ‘Agencies would often tell me, ‘We like your look but there’s a black girl already.’

It shouldn’t be limited to just one black girl; there can be more than one!’ She added: ‘It’s as if they [agencies] are ashamed to represent diversity. It’s very painful and it made me feel insecure and bad of myself.’

Howard’s posts have hit a chord on Instagram, with plenty of praise from commenters.
With Black Mirror she wanted to send a message that models of colour, especially black models, are just as gorgeous as anyone else, and should be at the forefront of campaigns.

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Howard said the series, which took about three months to make, was inspired by the discrimination she faced as a model.
Howard said the series, which took about three months to make, was inspired by the discrimination she faced as a model.
'There are many beautiful black models and they are not represented the way they should be,' she said
‘There are many beautiful black models and they are not represented the way they should be,’ she said.
For example, it took two months to find a similar motorcycle for the re-creation of the Guess advert featuring Gigi Hadid.
For example, it took two months to find a similar motorcycle for the recreation of the Guess advert featuring Gigi Hadid.

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Howard said gathering the right clothes and accessories was 'quite difficult', but definitely 'worthwhile'.
Howard said gathering the right clothes and accessories was ‘quite difficult’, but definitely ‘worthwhile’.
Despite Black Mirror only having been live for a short period of time, Howard said she was thrilled at the response.
Despite Black Mirror only having been live for a short period of time, Howard said she was thrilled at the response.

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