Modelo Joans Smalls denunció racismo en la industria de la moda (+Video)

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La modelo puertorriqueña, Joans Smalls, denunció el racismo que ha vivido a lo largo de su carrera en la industria de la moda.

En un video de seis minutos publicado en su cuenta de Instagram, la modelo radicada en Estados Unidos cuestionó la respuesta que ha dado la industria de la moda en torno al tema racial.

«Es hora de que esta industria haga más que publicar un cuadrado negro y decir que «¡Lo harán mejor!» Es hora de que veamos el cambio desde cero. Danos un asiento en la mesa, incluirnos, danos una oportunidad, porque somos dignos, talentosos y únicos», dijo Joans Smalls.

La primera latinoamericana en representar la compañía de cosméticos Estée Lauder, reveló que en reiteradas oportunidades tuvo inconvenientes en campañas editoriales por su color de piel.

«O que mi cabello era un problema o que hice un programa o una campaña demasiado étnica, la lista sigue y sigue», contó la boricua.

En ese sentido, rechazó que a la industria le encanta beneficiarse de la gente de color y denunció que nunca los ha considerado iguales. «Es hora de que la industria de la moda se ponga de pie y muestre su solidaridad. Es hora de que todos retribuyan a estas comunidades y culturas de las que se inspiran tanto», sentenció la modelo Joans Smalls.

Además, prometió donar el 50% de su salario para el resto de 2020 a las organizaciones Black Lives Matter.

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The recent and long standing acts against the black community have been saddening, frustrating and unacceptable. I feel these same emotions when I think about how my industry, the fashion world, is responding. It is time for this industry to do more than post a black square and say they’ll “Do Better!” It’s time for us to see the change starting from the ground up. Give us a seat at the table, include us, give us a chance, because we are worthy, talented and unique. There have been so many times where I’ve had to face issues against my race within this industry because I was their token black girl. The campaigns and editorials I had to share while my counterparts got to achieve that on their own. Or that my hair was an issue or that I made a show or campaign too ethnic, the list goes on and on. This industry that I love has profited from us but has never considered us equal. This. Stops. Now. It’s time for the fashion industry to stand up and show their solidarity. Time for you all to give back to these communities and cultures which you draw so much inspiration from. I do want to thank those that did see me for me and gave me a chance. Those that helped me fight my way to where I am today. Thank you, thank you for doing what you knew to be right versus what others said should be done. You will help us be the leaders of change. In saying all of this, I also pledge to donate 50% of my salary for the remainder of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organizations. I know I can’t just talk about change, I have to be a force for it. I encourage and will continue to encourage brands within this industry to do the same and give back. Let’s all be the change we want and need to see. These battles are long from over but together we’re stronger and together we can accomplish what is needed. #WeAreNotATrend #blacklivesmatter

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