• Thu, Feb 24 2011

Super Agent Carole White On Why There Are So Few Black Models

Leomie Anderson

Leomie Anderson (at left) is a lovely young model. She’s also one of the stars of docu-series The Model Agency, which centers around UK super agency Premiere. The agency’s founder Carole White spoke with The Guardian about why Leomie will struggle to establish herself in modeling and (you guessed it) that explanation is depressing, unconvincing and doesn’t really make any sense.

“It’s a lot harder to start a black girl than a white girl, for a number of reasons. There’s not so much work for them, and sometimes photographers and makeup artists are scared. They don’t know how to light or make them up properly so it takes a lot longer . . . It’s a slower process.”

Is this really an excuse that clients give when they don’t hire black models? That lighting women of color is tricky and time-consuming?

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