Industry

Models Describe Anti-Asian Racism in the Fashion Industry

Over the last year, there’s been an outpouring of stories about anti-Asian racism and violence in the United States, particularly in the wake of COVID-19. But this isn’t an issue with one source — while the pandemic saw increased reports of anti-Asian racism, it’s a form of violence Asian Americans from all walks of life have experienced for many years, on the streets, in social settings, and in the workplace. That’s true too for Asian people in the modeling industry.   

While many models experience adversity at work (for example, pressure to be a certain size, sexual harassment, financial exploitation, and no regulation around labour protections), Asian models face unique challenges. Asian models have claimed to experience a host of anti-Asian actions at work, but the fashion industry has yet to sufficiently address the issue. Cultural appropriation, sexual harassment, tokenism, racism and yellow-face are just a few of the ways

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‘The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.’



'The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.'


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‘The beauty industry is failing women with dark skin. And it needs to change.’

I’ve been into beauty since the first time I saw my mum look into her compact mirror and apply a generous swipe or two of lipstick. The shade she had on was called ‘crimson’. She got it from Myer back when they were called Grace Brothers and it was her favourite shade – she had multiples. 

I recall her mentioning that the reason she loved it was because it was the perfect shade for black women. I nodded back then, not completely understanding the connotation. 

Little did I know some twenty years later, I’d be dealing with the same lack of options for women of colour.

So, what does it look like to be failed by the beauty industry?

It looks like going to Priceline and seeing absolutely no shades darker than

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How the sale of a Sting CD sparked an entire industry

On an August afternoon in 1994, 21-year-old Dan Kohn made history.

Kohn had just sold a CD to a man in Philadelphia through his clunky website.

The man paid $12.48 plus shipping for a copy of “Ten Summoner’s Tales” by the rock star Sting.

Why was this such a big deal?

  • That CD was the first item ever sold on the internet.

Internet shopping didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Today, it’s a colossal $900 billion industry… and America’s online industry is about to hit a major milestone.

Data from top research firm eMarketer shows internet sales will pass $1 trillion next year.

Folks look at this big number and assume the profit opportunity has passed them by. I mean… hasn’t online shopping pioneer Amazon (AMZN) already run up 100,000%?

Please don’t make this mistake.

According to Pew Research, 308 million Americans used the internet last year. But did you know

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Fashion Model Oren B. Segal Shares What It Takes To Dominate The Industry

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Oren B. Segal (ascend 9)

The modeling and fashion industries are hard to break into and even harder to become an icon. With the large number of professionals in the field, it’s hard to get job opportunities, much less stand out from other fashionistas. However, fixating on the extreme competitiveness in the fashion world will only limit you. To dominate the industry, you have to work on who you are and use your uniqueness.

Oren B. Segal is someone who is increasingly gaining attention in the world of modeling. He has overcome many obstacles before he got to where he is now. If not for his qualities as a fashion enthusiast and professional, his current level of success would have been out of his reach.

Being a model comes with a lot of rejections, uncertainties, and challenges. This is why if you don’t have enough love for fashion, you might find yourself lacking

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