Numero magazine is under fire for using a heavily bronzed white model named Ondria Hardin for their magazine spread titled "African Queen." The 16-year-old blond haired, blue eyed North Carolina native struck a pose for the French magazine, sporting what many are calling a light application of black face.
Laura Beck of Jezebel summed up the article, pointing out "It's impossible to look at this and not ache for young women of color who want to pursue careers in modeling (and arguably, fashion by extension). When they don't see themselves on the runway or in magazines, it could be very easy for them to think, "huh, I guess modeling isn't for me." Then the status quo remains, and the runways remain monotone. If jobs for "African Queen" photo spreads aren't going to black women, what hope is there?"
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