Were you all aware that they are re-imagining the fairy tale Alice in Wonderland with an all black cast? I wasn’t, until today when I saw the below Instagram post and caption on Duckie Thot’s account:
“No words can describe what this weekend meant to me. Booked my ultimate dream job after one year of moving to New York. What an honour to not only be on the cover of the @Pirelli calendar but to star as Alice in the first all-black Alice in Wonderland. Forever grateful”
Duckie has been having a great year, she is not only known as Black Barbie but she is one of the faces for Fenty Beauty that recently launched. So how did Duckie land the role of a lifetime you ask? According to W Magazine she landed the role after meeting with Walker the producer who described the concept from start to finish.
Thot landed the role after spending a mere six hours in London, where she met Walker, who walked her through his concept for the product that’s recently shifted its focus from pin-ups to political statements. Walker’s statement, which he’s said is about the ongoing “diversity debate,” was to exclusively cast black models—a concept that, even when well intentioned, has often proved controversial.
(Vogue Italia’s all-black 2008 issue was memorably deemed by some to be “both a success and a failure” for appearing to suggest that diversity is only for “special” situations, whereas casting in general remains white by default.)
To Thot, however, the idea was “fabulous”—a reason to embrace the project with open arms, rather than hesitate. Indeed, her enthusiasm was in part why she hit it off with Walker, who spent most of their meeting explaining that he wanted to tell Alice in Wonderland in a way it had never been told before.
“I just thought it was so genius, really. It was so simple from the start,” Thot recalled. “Every girl deserves a fairy tale, and that’s exactly what we’re doing and offering. It’s so beautiful that girls can look at Alice in Wonderland and see themselves.”
The rest of the cast will include Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Lupita Nyong’o, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Adwoa Aboah, and many more! Should be interesting to say the least! Congrats Duckie!