What happens when you're a obviously stunning model who's turned away from agencies that have "enough" Black faces already?
You take matters into your own hands, that's what.
That was the case for model Deddeh Howard who created a breathtaking series called 'Black Mirror' with photographer Raffael Dickreuter. The pair reworked (and nailed) some of the most recognizable designer campaigns that originally featured white models, reports The Daily Mail.
Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we're all equal, it was United we stand! At least that's what my parents thought me and that's what I believe in. I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don't let anyone tell you're not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It's about time we stand up together..Dream and Believe. I'm personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirrow. Full Article now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com ( line in bio). Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on Dec 6, 2016 at 3:56pm PST
With each image, the Liberia-born, Los Angeles-based model explains her mission and calls out the industry for perpetuating the idea that 2-5 Black models per agency can represent us all.
A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:51pm PST
Answer to your questions: #blackmirror ; The two images all being shown together should really show that we all have a place, that we all belong and should be visible!! Thanks for all the love 😘 Photo credit @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:13pm PST
To say that we're here for this strong stance on the continued lack of diversity in the fashion industry would be an understatement. Deddeh is not only fabulous but she proves that models of color are more than capable of delivering and deserve to be seen, represented and celebrated.
A photo posted by Raffael Dickreuter (@raffaelphoto_com) on Dec 6, 2016 at 11:33pm PST
A photo posted by Raffael Dickreuter (@raffaelphoto_com) on Dec 7, 2016 at 3:12pm PST
We have a feeling that it won't be long before several agencies are knocking on Deddeh's door. She killed it!
To see the entire series (because it's kind of epic) head to secretofdd.com.