Sunday, 22 April 2012

Fashion Hero: Diandra Forrest

Discovered on the busy streets of New York, Diandra Forrest is one of the most striking models I have ever come across. Her cheek bones are razor sharp, her pout could rival Angelina's and, at 5'11, she towers over many other models in the industry. Diandra is also an African American albino. Not only does it make her even more unique (although her regal beauty isn't solely an attribute of her albinism), it's a step towards breaking down the barriers of prejudice in fashion. Miss Forrest is just as beautiful, if not more, as any of the other slender human mannequins in the industry but, unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to albinos in society today. Despite prejudice at the time, black models broke into the industry with the likes of Beverly Johnson, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks cementing their rightful place at the top with all the rest. So, why haven't we had more models like Diandra showing the world that albinism doesn't give society an excuse to alienate a whole group of people? Yes, the prejudice towards albinos runs in different degrees in different places but I'm still loving Elite Model Management for signing Diandra and I'm loving Diandra for working her stuff. Well, I think that's enough of the ethical ranting for one day. Time to add D.F. to my Fashion Wall of Fame.

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