How The Fashion Industry Has Become More Diverse And More Chances For African Americans

1438 Words Dec 21st, 2015 6 Pages
I am African American girl hoping to pursue a career in the fashion industry as a model, but I struggle to understanding what beauty is. My family says that beauty is confidence, but on television and in magazines, I see hair types, skin complexions, body sizes, and etc. that are so called “beautiful”. As a kid, I saw several commercials with beautiful women and when I finally realized I wanted to be like them, I had to come up with a plan to reach this goal. I am African American and I know it will be hard to get to where I want to be in life because some people still hold on to racism. Nowadays the fashion industry has become more diverse and more chances are opening for African Americans, yet there are still mostly white people in the industry. African Americans have different physical features than whites; therefore, they can sometimes be perceived as ugly or not as beautiful as other races in the fashion industry and society. Because black women are different from white women in several ways such as skin complexion, hair types, and body shapes and sizes, they are considered ugly and eventually start to believe it. Unlike white people, black people have melanin in their skin which makes their complexion darker. Menton David, a former professor at Washington University School of Medicine, says that “the dark pigment in our skin, called melanin, is typically black or brown. The protein is produced by special cells, called melanocytes, which are located in the lowest…

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