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THE BLACK MIRROR: Deddeh Howard Puts The Spotlight On Fashion’s Diversity Problem

(SL) – As reported by USA Today, The Liberian-born model-blogger banded together with photographer Raffael Dickreuter to launch “Black Mirror,” a project that recreates high-profile ad campaigns by brands including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Guess, Gucci, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana to highlight the dearth of women of color represented in fashion and the media.

In an emailed statement to USA TODAY, Howard cites the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as the most recent example of underrepresentation, noting, “you could see the same pattern you can see at New York Fashion Week or any other famous fashion event: Black girls are almost invisible. There is the odd one here and there, but it always feels like an afterthought.”

Or, a performance of diversity as opposed to actual inclusion.

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For Howard, who says she’s been turned away by modeling agencies that “already have a black model,” the industry’s routine devaluation of women of color is “bizarre.” “What do you mean you already have 2-4 black models that looks (sic) like me?” Did you say the same thing to the 50-100 white models you already have?”

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Meet Australian Supermodel Ajak Deng

(SL) – With her long, lean looks and her infectious personality, Ajak has become a favourite on the catwalk for international designers such as Lanvin. She has featured in campaigns for international fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Valentino.

The beauty most recently strutted her stuff for Zac Posen’s Fall/Winter collection show in New York on February 15.

Deng fled Sudan and came to Australia when she was 12 years old after her mother died of malaria in a refugee camp.

The model is now based in New York and counts Shanina Shaik, Grace Bol and Jeneil Williams as her closest friends in the industry.

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After being featured in local campaigns for River Island and Mimco, Deng is now set to star in 2016 campaigns for Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.