FASHION: Top plus-size model talks colourism in the industry with Huffington Post

Philomena Kwao

  • Top plus-size model talks colourism in the industry with Huffington Post

Colourism still remains a huge issue in the entertainment and fashion industry. Despite breaking into the fashion industry, models face another layer of discrimination when it comes to the colour of their skin. In a push to embrace diversity, more brands are hiring models of colours but it seems the lighter the better. Top plus-size model talks colourism in the industry with Huffington Post.

This generation is infinitely more vocal about the injustices it faces than the last. Thanks to social media and an elevated state of social consciousness, people are calling out racism, sexual abuse, homophobia, colourism, misogyny and a whole host of other injustices that are allowed to exist, grow and destroy like a cancer.

This London-born, New-York- based plus-size model Philomena Kwao is challenging beauty ideals with her curves and close-cropped hair, appearing in an anti-Protein World campaign and speaking up against racism and for diversity. The model uses her growing platform to speak out against the very industry that gives her the opportunity to do what she loves.

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In a spectacular act of bravery, Philomena continue to challenge the very industry she works in and continues to break down briers from within. She has been vocal about racism and diversity and, being a richly dark-skinned women, she is opening up about her experiences and the effects of colourism on the entertainment community as a whole.

Writing a column for Huffington Post, Philomena speaks candidly about the ways she believes she has been short-changed because of the colour of her skin and was we can work towards unlearning the damaging behaviour and go about putting things to right in the entertainment industry.

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