African Models Fashion Style 2015

Indeed, when Iman emerged in the mid-late 70s, they created controversy as whites and most black Americans dismissed her as a “white woman dipped in chocolate.” Nevertheless, her controversy paled compared to Alek’s in the late 90s. Alek’s extreme features of jet-black skin, flat nose, round, puffy cheeks, deep set eyes as well as a shaved head evoked strong emotions from most. Whites called her unattractive and most Africans and Black Americans said and still say her look is offensive, a mockery to Africa and “plain ugly.” Worse, Alek’s fresh innocence allowed the industry to perpetuate caricatures and negative images of Africans as wild animals; as they was seen on fashion runways and pics in “exotic” makeup, bird feathers and leopard prints.