A recent Instagram post by black model Londone Myers has given viewers visual proof of the racism that goes on behind the scenes at major fashion events.
In a time-lapse video, Myers is shown backstage at a show during Paris Fashion Week. Behind her, a group of white models gets their hair done promptly, while Myers is seen waiting…and waiting…and waiting.
The Washington D.C. model believes the available stylists overlooked her because of her natural hair. And when she did get attention, she was sent down the runway with lint in her fro.
“I don’t need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hair stylists to learn how to do black hair,” Myers captioned the video.
“I’m so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro. We all know if you tried that on a white model you’d be #canceled If one doesn’t stand we all fall. If it isn’t my fro it’ll probably be yours.”
“I was just so frustrated with how people would avoid even looking at me,” she tells Teen Vogue of her time-lapse video. “I usually do my hair before every show, but this time I just showed up without anything on hand like everyone else.”
Myers also said she was given no explanation for the hairstylists’ behavior, and that the “3 or 4” other black models were not well-styled, either.
“No explanation was given at all,” she said. “There isn’t really much confronting you can do with these hairstylists. I’m not going to chastise [them], but [they] still don’t know what to do with natural hair. The other black girls at the show spoke French, so I was kind of on my own. I simply asked around the room for who did black hair multiple times and was cast aside, until they sat me in this guy’s chair who tried to send me off looking unpolished, like the other [black] girls. One of the other black models saw all of the lint in my hair and was surprised.”
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