Racism in the modeling world is no new concept. We’ve talked about this issue multiple times on StyleBlazer, and the push for more diversity on the runways made by Bethann Hardison seemed like a sign for better days. But alas, there are still ever-present examples of discrimination.
Sudanese model, Ajak Deng took to Twitter last Thursday to voice her upset after allegedly being excused from the Balmain Fall 2014 show. While Olivier Rousteing is the bi-racial creative director for the French brand, he is not the casting director and wasn’t the direct target of any of the tweets.
Apparently, she was cut from the show at the last minute. But as The Fashion Spot notes there’s no confirmation that she was scheduled to be in the show, that she was kicked out because of race, and what exactly upset her.
The show went on, she was not in it.
Deng proceeded to engaged in replies on Twitter saying more expletives to people asking her what happened, before deleting her account. We contacted IMG Models, who she’s signed to, to learn more about what happened– at the time of this publishing we had yet to hear back from her management.
As a regular face on Fashion Week runways, it seems a little crazy that Deng would be booked and then kicked out of a show last minute. But anything is plausible. What we do know is that Jourdan Dunn opened up the show and there were eight black models in his show– a lot for one designer.
We’ll keep you posted if more comes out about what actually happened.