The Instagram post model London Myers shows herself waiting patiently as hairstylists ignore her during Paris Fashion week. In her caption, she called them out directly by saying
This is what she posted along with a time lapse video:
“I don’t need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. 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 don’t need special treatment from anyone. What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. 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 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 #modelsofcolor #fashionweek #noexcuse #naturalhair #blackhair #naturalhaircare #hair #jesustakethewheel #hairstylist #hairstyling
We must admit we have seen more diverse runways over the years but it becomes increasingly surprising that in this day and age the stylists that are hired do not have the ability to style black hair.
Another thing you may notice is that most black stylists are often trained to style and care for caucasian hair as well as afro textured hair so why is it not the same for the average ‘white’ stylist? (I am not a stylist, so I may need some of my stylists’ friends to weigh in on that one)
According to Teen Vogue Myers said that “three or four” other black models did not get the attention that others did.
“I was just so frustrated with how people would avoid even looking at me,” she said. “I usually do my hair before every show, but this time I just showed up without anything on hand like everyone else.”
“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,” she said. “One of the other black models saw all of the lint in my hair and was surprised.”
Since Londone’s post, many other models have come forward to express their frustration with the fashion industry with regards to black hair.
Dominique Brannon wrote, “Thank you for speaking out. I come to most shows with my hair already done (by me) because I know they won’t even groom it.”
“Fashion wanted diversity right! Get some diverse HAIRSTYLISTS too!! 🤧” agreed Nejilka Arias.
Model Jourdana Phillips, said, “Now that we have more models of color we need hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, etc. [who] know how to support black beauty.”
In a follow-up post, Londone took some time to thank everyone for all the support on what she said, encouraging others to also speak out:
“I encourage my powerful working women not only be brave and speak out against the mistreatment they face within the industry – but to also help out and support the newer generation,” she said.
“There is more than enough room for more than one poc supermodel/ it girl at a time. We really need to take notes from the other [people of color] who paved the way for us. I can’t imagine what working would be like for us if Naomi, Tyra, Bethann, or even Iman were too scared about not getting shows to speak up.”
She concluded, “You were born without these shows and you will die without them. Do it for the girls after us and the ones looking up to us. We as women of color need each other more than we need fashion.”