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Model Kukua Williams Pens a Moving Letter to the Fashion Industry

Black-British model Kukua Williams, 24, who has worked with the likes of Celine, Erdem, and Jil Sander, posted a photo of herself taken while she was detained in an Italian airport during Milan Fashion Week. It went viral on March 7, and in the caption, she described how the experience had left her deeply shaken: “I’m sharing to shed light on the issues Black models have to face in this industry, issues that would not happen and haven’t happened to everyone,” she wrote. The comments were a testimony to the fact that this wasn’t an isolated incident.

Here, Williams writes a first-hand account of that day and highlights the changes that need to be made in the fashion industry, and beyond, to stamp out racism once and for all.

I first experienced racism in the fashion industry not long after I started modeling. I was on a job with one

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model Alva Claire on why her mere presence in fashion is radical

Cady dress, £1,622, Dolce & Gabbana. Lace bra, £95, Agent Provocateur. Leather shoes, £845, Manolo Blahnik. Gold-plated necklace, £180, and gold-plated charm necklace, £180, both Cleopatra’s Bling

She is equally vehement that her body type should be represented on the catwalk. “If the dress isn’t on the runway, it won’t trickle down into the publications. And if it is, that dress can go on another girl my size inside a high-fashion magazine, which creates another opportunity for them, forcing other brands to start thinking, ‘OK, if so and so’s doing it, then we should do it.’ And then the high street goes, ‘Well, we should do it.’ That is why the Versace show was important. It’s a domino effect.”

Having suffered from body image issues herself, she is all too aware of the prejudices that plus-sized people face. “Fatphobia is all around. It’s embedded in our society,

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Demi Moore showcases her model looks as she walks runway at Fendi show in Paris

Actress Demi Moore put her model looks to good use as she graced the runway for Fendi during Paris Fashion Week.

The 58-year-old Hollywood star looked splendid as she modelled the spring-summer 2021 collection for the designer brand during a show in the city.

Demi strutted the runway in an all-black outfit from head to toe, including matching accessories.

She showed off her athletic figure in the floor-sweeping gown and kept a straight face during her star turn.

All eyes were on her as she modelled the head-turning frock for today’s Haute Couture Fashion Week event.

Actress Demi Moore walked the runway for Fendi during Paris Fashion Week
Actress Demi Moore walked the runway for Fendi during Paris Fashion Week

Demi and her lookalike daughter Scout Willis landed in the capital for fashion week on Tuesday.

They were snapped hopping out of a black car and carrying their luggage

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