The disappearance of Black models in ads, magazines and on runways is nothing new. But a new short documentary, "The Colour of Beauty," sheds light on the bleak situation in a whole new way. The film follows 24-year-old Jamaican-American model, Renee Thompson, as she goes on casting calls for Fashion Week -- and some of the casting agents' musings will make your hair stand on end... Here's what you had to say: Jade commented: "How can you not see the beauty in every ethnicity? It's utterly mind boggling." Justina wrote: "It is a natural phenomenon that when girls hit puberty, their hips gets wider. Geez, why don't these people just hire tall lanky male androgynous to wear dresses and heels."

Tia Williams
May, 12, 2010

The disappearance of Black models in ads, magazines and on runways is nothing new. But a new short documentary, "The Colour of Beauty," sheds light on the bleak situation in a whole new way. The film follows 24-year-old Jamaican-American model, Renee Thompson, as she goes on casting calls for Fashion Week -- and some of the casting agents' musings will make your hair stand on end. Consider this gem, courtesy of Fashion Week producer Maurilio Carinino: "Black models... tend to have wider hips. Sometimes, even though the face is amazing, they tend to have a fit problem. One time one of my clients said, 'I need a Black model, but she has to be like a White girl dipped in chocolate.'"