African-American supermodel Jessica White is used to sticking out wherever she goes. She is a model, after all, who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition and walks the runways for some of the world’s top designers.
She is also one of a select few black women in her position, and in a brief interview with the Daily News, White says she’s tired of it.
While at DKNY’s 25th Birthday Bash, the 29-year-old beauty told Confidenti@l that African-Americans are struggling to be accepted as models and designers in the upper echelons of the fashion industry.
“Fashion is constantly changing from decade to decade, but I don’t see a change in how many black faces I see on the runway, and it’s something we should talk about because it’s a problem,” said White.
The subject of White’s complaint, it seems, is a hot-button issue during every Fashion Week. Bethann Hardison, a former model and chair of the Diversity Coalition, has also been a vocal critic. She most recently wrote a letter to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which oversees Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, highlighting the industry’s ongoing neglect of models of color.
Read more at the Daily News.