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A midwestern entertainment company pissed off a whole legion of people this week when it staged a beauty pageant called the Battle of the Complexions, which pitted light-skinned and dark-skinned Black women against each other in an attempt to figure out once and for all which skin color is the best.
This is one of those things that’s as disturbing as it is not surprising. A new study has found that what you wear can influence how people think of your race. Put another way, people are more likely to percieve better dressed people as white and poorly dressed people as Black.
News has come out that Essence magazine, a Time Inc glossy aimed at black women, has hired a new fashion director after being on the hunt to fill the position for months. Problem is, the new fashion director is white.
Skin color is never an easy topic — especially in the sweep-it-under-the-catwalk world of fashion. And despite some progress and an increasing awareness on the part of the industry, by and large, non-white models continue to find themselves in the minority when it comes to casting — as in, “We’re not using (insert type here) this season.” But, the US certainly isn’t the only country that struggles with its cultural representations of beauty.