Saturday, June 5, 2010

Documentary Fab-- "The Colour of Beauty"

It's known throughout the modelling world that ethnic models are not as dominant on runways, magazines and ads compared to their Caucasian counterparts. However some ethnic models like Chanel Iman, Shu Pei Qin, Alek Wek, Naomi Campbell and many more have paved the way for more colour in the fashion world, but it's still a struggle for women of ethnic backgrounds to even break into the fashion industry.

Today I was browsing the web and stumbled upon a documentary called "The Colour of Beauty," which follows Toronto model Renee Thompson as she tries to make it big in New York City. Thompson has what it takes to be a top model; the height, the shape the walk, the personality and the determination, but it still doesn't seem to be enough. The documentary is by Elizabeth St. Philip and examines racism in the fashion world.

This documentary hit home. I know so many beautiful ethnic girls who want to be models, but for some reason it just doesn't seem to work out. I remember doing a magazine piece on this very topic and I wanted to do a documentary on it as well, but I'm so happy to finally see something out that finally shows people the struggle ethnic models experience trying to chase their modelling dreams.

Watch and enjoy.


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