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Film: The Colour of Beauty (2010)
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She's got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models. And when they do, they want them to look “like white girls dipped in chocolate.” The Colour of Beauty is a shocking short documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry. Is a black model less attractive to designers, casting directors and consumers? What is the colour of beauty?
Directed by Elizabeth St. Phillip.
Workshop: Walk this Way
Supermodel and TV Personality Stacey McKenzie will present her popular Walk this Way workshop for all aspiring models, working models and all-around fabulous divas. Do you want to get started in the modeling industry, but don’t know where to begin and need some guidance? Do you want to better your game in the business? Do you want to build your confidence to go after your dreams and goals in life? Walk this Way workshops are just what you need!
Fashion designers and influencers such as journalist Sarah Nicole Prickett, Montreal’s Miss Sly (Noëlly Sam) and Norwayne Anderson (N.A.M Personal Management Inc.) chat it up about diversity and what’s hot and not in the world of fashion.
Many of the fashion trends that make their way to the runways of Paris and the racks of Saks 5th Avenue emanate from black and urban lifestyle. This one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted event will both educate and titillate, shining a spotlight on black and diverse designers, models and taste-makers in the fashion industry.
Moderated by Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-host of CBC News Toronto, Weekdays at 5 pm on CBC Television.