16-year-old white model Ondria Hardin has posed as "African Queen" in an editorial for Numéro magazine.
With a lot of makeup, bronzer to be precise, the model was made to look black. Of course, it was like disturbing a hornets’ nest!
This is not the first time Ondria Hardin has been in a controversy. Two years ago, she created a stir when she appeared on the ramp for Marc Jacobs fall show. She was only 14, two years short of CFDA’s regulations. But this time it may be one time too many that she has stepped into a dicey situation.
Numéro issued a statement of apology. But it didn’t appease many people.
Comments like “Can I see a black girl do SCANDANAVIAN PRINCESS please?” and “Googled her name and this girl is ALABASTER,” were thrown at the magazine in response.
This is not the first time that Numero has done something like this. In 2010, it used Caucasian model Constance Jablonski to portray an African mother.
Why couldn’t they simply hire a black model? Surely there are plenty. Or are there? Jezebel reported that at the recent NYC fashion week over 82 percent of the models were white.
An interesting question was put out by Tumblr account foudre, “Why hire a black model when you can just paint a white one?”