Black Supermodel Malaika Firth Wants To ‘Ignore’ Fashion’s Racism Problem
Malaika Firth is one of the few black models that have experienced soaring success in fashion — an industry that is notorious for its lack of diversity. Therefore it’s not far-fetched to believe that the 20-year-old, who became the first black model to land a Prada campaign in nearly 20 years, would understand her lofty position and work to improve the racially imbalanced situation.
Sadly, that’s not the case. The Kenyan-born, London-raised beauty presented a few tone-deaf comments about racism in fashion during a recent interview with The Telegraph:
The lack of racial diversity is a prevalent issue in modelling but I try to ignore it. If you talk about it and try to make it an issue, then it’s still going to be there. I think a lot of people my age don’t see the racism, and if we can just carry on trying to do better for ourselves, then I think it will be fine.
How does the saying go? Ignorance is bliss. Well, that seems to be the route that Firth is taking, despite the fact her contemporaries — like Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman and Joan Smalls — are using their supermodel status to speak out against the lack of diversity.