Black Model Censures New York Fashion Showcase For Making Her Wear ‘Racist’ Gear
By Mikelle Leow, 19 Feb 2020
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An African-American model has admonished the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York for pressuring her to put on “racist” accessories during its inaugural Master of Fine Arts (MFA) runway show at New York Fashion Week.
Amy Lefevre told the New York Post of all her four years in the modeling industry, she had never witnessed racism portrayed to the extent of the showcase on 7 February, where she was made to put on oversized red lips, stick-on eyebrows and “monkey ears.”
When she expressed her discomfort with the accessories, she was allegedly told it would be “fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds.” The model said her “whole body was shaking” at the response.
“People of color are struggling too much in 2020 for the promoters not to have vetted and cleared accessories for the shows,” she later told the Post.
Lefevre ended up not wearing the offending objects, which supposedly came from an adult toy. The publication said she was so rattled, she “stormed out of the event immediately afterwards.”
The accessories were designed by graduate Junkai Huang for the FIT’s MFA fashion show consisting of the work of 10 fashion and design graduates. It was directed by Jonathan Kyle Farmer, FIT professor and chair of MFA Fashion Design, and produced by British fashion production firm NAMES LDN’s creative director Richard Thornn.
Since the backlash, the FIT has issued a statement apologizing for the display. “Currently it does not appear that the original intent of the design, the use of accessories or the creative direction of the show was to make a statement about race,” said the institute’s president Joyce Brown in a press statement. “However, it is now glaringly obvious that has been the outcome.”
Strangely enough, Lefevre’s modeling agency apparently received “conflicting reports” about what had happened. “[The institute] just don’t want their name to be anywhere near this,” the model replied.
She said that it was Thornn who pressed her to wear the accessories. “He screamed in my face, ‘You need to back down and get away,’” Lefevre recounted. “It was such a grave lack of judgment.”
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