Black Models Say They Were Turned Away From a Miami Swim Week Casting (Racked)

 A group of black models say they were turned away from a casting during Miami Swim Week because of their race. (Getty Images)

A group of black models say they were turned away from a casting during Miami Swim Week because of their race. (Getty Images)

Models of color routinely find themselves marginalized in the fashion industry.

By Nadra Nittle, Racked, July 17, 2018

Model Joia Talbott says race was the reason she and other black models were dismissed from a casting call during July’s Miami Swim Week. Talbott says that after arriving at the call, she and roughly 15 other black models were told, “The casting’s closed.”

However, when the women left the line, casting quickly resumed, according to Talbott.

“They told us they didn’t want any more black models, and that afros were a no-no,” the model said in a video posted to Facebook. “They was definitely not feeling my afro at all, so I didn’t stand a chance, right? Wow. We’re ready to go back to LA where we’re appreciated, and we book.”

Racked reached out to both Talbott and Miami Swim Week about the alleged incident and will update the story if they respond.

Kacey Leggett of America’s Next Top Model fame also appeared in the video with Talbott. She said the experience had left her “lost for words.” 

“I’m still trying to process what happened, like, honestly,” she said. 

Neither model named the casting company that rejected them, but Leggett urged the city of Miami to recognize that “there’s no such thing as too much brown skin.”

Talbott also raised the call on Instagram, where she posted a picture of herself and 10 other black models purportedly turned away from the casting. The models have a wide range of skin tones, hairstyles, and body types. Since they’re such an eclectic group, the allegation that all were deemed unfit for the casting is especially disturbing.

Read the full article at Racked.