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Chanel Iman covers the upcoming issue of Page Six magazine where she chats it up about her love life, relationship with mentor Big T and the melanin deficiency that’s been plaguing the fashion world:

“It’s not just black girls. It’s ethnic girls in general: Brazilian girls, Hispanic. You really don’t see a lot of Asians either. A lot of designers think that if every girl on the runway looks exactly alike, then people will come to the shows and buy the clothes because they won’t be focusing on the models….It’s not even just runway either… us ethnic girls should be getting a lot of the covers too! I would love to be on half of the campaigns these [white] girls are booking, all looking exactly alike. It’s not right. It’s not fair.”

Real talk. She’s not the only one fed up with these dried up pasty-kins models all over the damned place. Perhaps she should express her concerns with her mentor, Tyra, who seems hell bent on eliminating all the Black contestants off of ANTM by mid-season.

via Page Six

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  • grillfixer

    1st

  • grillfixer

    seen it already on another post bossip!!

  • K-mia

    gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Anyway, she’s right, its not fair. But im sure she (or her mentor) knew that before she got into the business. Its wrong, but it happens. Black models have still come a long way even though there’s much more to be done.

  • FakeAssHungryHo

    Some people can go on about height and how you have to be this tall or this size. It’s all a form of discrimination. Why would she even think there would be equality in such a vain atmosphere? I wish her well in her “political endeavors” none-the-less.

  • c from stl

    yeah, i used to model alot back in the day and she’s right. her point about the designers is true and it’s also why they want models to be pin thin. they want the clothes to look like they are hanging from a hanger as they make their way down the runway. so, it’s easier to book white sickly looking models for all the shows because they won’t take the attention away from the clothing. I eventually stopped modeling b/c it wasn’t fun anymore. it takes a strong thick skinned person (especially women) for that industry. all day long you are being picked apart and told to lose inches in this area and that area like it’s as simple as going out a getting a pair of shoes….lol….smh

  • Sawyer

    I agree its not fair, and thats exactly the fuel you use to light a fire under your ass and change the scope of the industry. With that said, Beyonce has no problem getting cover ads, but thats because they cant ignore her. She a walking cash register with a huge following. You get that and you’ll get our covers. I cant just walk into a new company and expect to be boss if I dont have the background or status to demand such a position. I have to create it for myself.

  • sherockz1

    I bet this girl’s career is something else Tyra will try to take credit for……

  • c from stl

    @Sawyer

    That’s true but Beyonce’ is not a high fashion model in the sense that she’s doing runway shows for this designer and that designer. And, with cover shoots, it’s easy to airbrush and fix the little nooks and crannies that would make a runway show look horrible. Print ad modeling is something that women with many different looks can somewhat break into, but runway modeling is the sick side of the industry. Trust me, I’m 5’11” and that’s how they like most of the runway models to be very very tall and pin thin. But, I can guarantee you that they won’t want a Beyonce’ or someone built like her to do a high fashion runway show. The industry is controlled by the designers and they want a walking canvas to show their clothes off…

  • Capo Status * Forever My blogger*

    “It’s not just black girls. It’s ethnic girls in general: Brazilian girls”

    Fa real ???

    Brazilian people can be black 2 b , My mom is and she calls herself black

  • MS. SIPPI

    Chanel is one of my fave’s she seems bratty and sweet. She brings the ruckus on the runway. But, when you see her representing herself, she falls short of the glory. I would not let YSL dress me better than I dress myself, and Lord rest his soul. As Jay said,” You can pay for school but you can’t buy class”

  • BMW

    people People people! cla clap clap can I get your attention. Any fashion freak would know that fashion changes it’s flava every few years! now it;s the light brights, next year it’s the dark dark blacks! the year after it’s the light white! it goes in cycles!

  • Emmy

    Mmm, Bossip you speak the truth.

    and Chanel = life. She’s one of the only black models we have that can ACTALLY book the gigs, and do them things justice.

  • Emmy

    @ BMW you’re right honey. I remember when everyone was all over Alec Wek…her dark dark skin. She’s amazing. love her

  • beloved

    SHE LOOKS ASIAN

  • Aunt Viv

    Go Chanel Iman! Chanel should be glad that she doesn’t take Ty’s advice. None of the ANTM girls has really made it as a supermodel, but Chanel has.

  • http://dicooper.spaces.live.com/ DICooper

    Smash

  • niasia

    Ok not to be rude but I find her to be unattractive! I hate the way the “modeling” world thinks that really defined cheekbone with the wierd mouth is the in thing for a black model. I hate that look and most of the women with that look are so stuck on themselves! I really just can’t find that facial structure attractive! But then again to be a model you have to have a “wierd” look about you!

  • ww

    what is she? blackorean?

  • Marshabio

    At first glance, thought she was a man.

  • Lady Architect

    I feel what she’s saying, but I definitely don’t like this pic. They whitened her a lot because she’s not that lite.

  • crazylegs

    Ms. Chanel has a valid point that we’re all aware of, but, she should stop complaining. There is NEVER more than one, at best two, black top models at one time. Beverly Johnson/Iman, Nioami Campbell/Tyra, & sometimes they through Alex Wek some work. It’s the designers & who THEY think fill out their clothes the best. Our curves aren’t welcomed on the runway. They ARE looking for hangers to hang their clothes on. We are not going to see too many Black models on the cover of mags because they cater to the the whie readers.

  • Chanell

    all Chanel’s who spell their names with a “C” are pretty and so is this one. But the ones who have the extra “L” are even more pretty, like me. Go Chanel Iman….live up to that name.

  • roosevelt taylor

    I THINK IT IS RACIST TO NOT GIVE THE BLACK GIRLS WORK BUT AT THE SAME TIME IF ITS MY CLOTHING LINE I PUT WHO I WANT UP THERE AND IF I HERE A MODEL COMPLAIN BOUT THE SHIT THEY CAN FORGET WORKING FOR ME. THAT WAS BIG WHEN DIDDY USED ALL BLACK MODELS DERION NEED TO DO THE SAME. APPLE BOTTOM BABY PHAT FETISH ALL NEED TO SHOW A SISTA SOME LOVE

  • BlackLADYDoctor

    I agree with Chanel, I would like to see more non-white models and real size models doing high fashion…if in exposure only. White Supremacy Nationalism and Supremacy of any kind has no place in a diverse progressive country.

  • jena4rmthablock

    She’s right, they need diversity in the fashion world not just race and ethnicity wise, but size wise as well. Size 0-2 chicks are maybe 1% of the world population, what about the other 99% who are valid consumers. SMH

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