‘White Girl’s Perspective’ on ‘Trophy Scarves’: It’s Important

What kind of person poses naked as a human accessory? One who wants to send a message to women like herself.

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But I trusted him completely when it came to his art, and I figured wherever he wanted to go, I was comfortable.

TR: And what's your understanding of his goal?

JM: He was trying to draw attention to a certain culture, this longstanding thing where successful black men think of skinny little white women as just another accessory as a bottle service or a car. Your identity doesn't really matter. One girl is the same as the next. You're just a white girl, and that's all that matters. So he was getting that across.

TR: Do you agree that that's common or that that's a fair characterization?

JM: Certainly not all of them, but I do think that's there, for sure. As I mentioned I was modeling and acting when I was younger, and there was definitely a certain kind of man who wanted to date, you and it didn't really matter who you were as long as under 100 pounds and blonde ...

I did wonder, is this really a point that needs to be made? Do people still think about these things or care about these things? My husband was like, yeah, a lot of people are still racist.

TR: So do you consider it racist if someone's dating choices are informed by the kinds of priorities you mentioned?

JM: It's not necessarily racism. I see it more as classism, because there are a lot of men and women who do that and they don't have to be black. It doesn't have to be race. Something behind those choices that's deeper and possibly insidious. It doesn't have to be racist, though; sometimes that's just a personal preference.

TR: How will it hit people who are in interracial relationships like the ones Hill is scrutinizing with this project?

JM: The kind of person who does that is really not going to give a s--t anyway. They're going to be like "This is what I do, what?" If you're that narcissistic and vapid in choosing your partner, you're going to do it anyway.

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