A Black Model Has Recreated Iconic Campaign Images As A Call For More Diversity In The Industry

'There are many beautiful black models and they are not represented the way they should be...'


by Danielle Fowler |
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Deddeh Howard, a Liberian-born model and fashion blogger living in Los Angeles, has questioned the lack of diversity in fashion campaigns through a series of powerful images.

The 27-year-old collaborated with her photographer boyfriend Raffael Dickreuter to recreate some of the world’s most iconic fashion campaigns. And the results are truly inspiring.

The photographic series entitled ‘Black Mirror’ features campaign shots from brands including Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein. A large majority of the shots include white models such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Kate Moss.

The model recreated iconic campaign images such as those used as Victoria's Secret advertisements

Deddeh told BuzzFeed that the images are a ‘call for diversity’ as she revealed, “Agencies would often tell me, ‘We like your look but there’s a black girl already’. It shouldn’t be limited to just one black girl; there can be more than one!”

A majority of the campaigns feature models of the moment Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

She continued: “It’s as if they [agencies] are ashamed to represent diversity. It’s very painful and it made me feel insecure and bad of myself.”

Deddeh challenged the predominant use of white models within the fashion industry

Deddeh and her boyfriend worked hard to accurately replicate the images, going so far as to spending two months on sourcing a motorbike identical to the one featured in Gigi’s Guess campaign.

The aim of the photographic project is to question the lack of diversity within the fashion industry

But the results were worth it as she told BuzzFeed, “I’m very grateful people feel the same that I do, people are telling me that I’m an inspiration to them and it feels unreal. We should keep fighting for what we believe in.”

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