“Black girls are almost invisible,”
wrote Deddeh Howard, the woman with an attitude to be revered!
What lies in the color of the skin when you have a beautiful mind and soul? Why is it that we judge a person, based on his/her skin color? The constant judgment based on the color of the skin is something that each one of us has faced, whether prominently or even as a victim! But, this is a taboo and must be shunned at the earliest. We live in a world where our capabilities should not be judged by the color of our skin or the religion that we follow.
But, Deddeh Howard, a lifestyle, fashion, fitness and travel influencer, was very fascinated by fashion. She just did not like it when only fair models endorsed famous fashion brands. This is why she took the stand to make a resonating message to the world. She undertook the project ‘Black Mirror’ under which she replaced herself with famous ‘fair’ models of the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Gisele Bundchen among others. The stunning photographs have been captured by Raffael Dickreuter.
Have a look at her series.
#1. For Vitoria’s Secret
Absolutely perfect recreation. I mean, does she look any less sexy? The oomph factor in her is giving us the feels!
No doubt Gigi Hadid is a stunner herself, but at the same time, there is no point in holding a black model just for the color of skin she has been blessed with.
Stupendously fantastic work, Deddeh.
#4. Dolce & Gabbana
Now this is the amount of inspiration all of us need. Never to feel less of oneself.
#5. David Yurman
It must have been a big challenge to re-engineer the clicks and to touch the originals as much as possible.
#6. Louis Vuitton
We as the shaping generation must keep in minds that these commercials are what our succeeding generations see. They are an important facet of the society.
Surely, photographer Raffael Dickreuter has done a stupendous job to be able to recreate the photographs so beautifully and so accurately.
Although there some models like Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, but they are generally perceived as an exception to the common rule.
Phew! So it’s important that we do not classify a separate set for the black race, instead make them the mainstream.
Deddeh Howard is doing her bit to make this change. Let us all also do our bits.
This is a powerful caption!
To be honest, I battled with my own body image for years. I used to tell myself; You can’t wear shorts, swimwears or anything strapless. And all of a sudden I was like, What if I just didn’t send such negative messages to my brain and said, wear it and enjoy it? And now I’m more comfortable with or without clothes than ever. I stopped complaining, bringing myself down and put in the work.
Now, I feel like, I work way too much on my self and body to be unappreciative of it. #selflove #blackgirlmagic #bodyimage