Famous Ads Recreated By Deddeh Howard, A Black Model - Because Fashion So White

Dec 13, 2016

Flip open any magazine to the first few pages. What do you see? Ads, ads, ads... notice anything in common? Probably all of the models are white. But model Deddeh Howard is out to change that. Thank god.

Really, take a look. For example, in the December issue of Allure, there are ads for Dior, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Narciso Rodriguez. All white models. InStyle has Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, and David Yurman. Also all white models. In fact, in the opening ads of all the magazines I looked at (using my handy Texture app) I only found two featuring people of color - one for Banana Republic and one for Karl Lagerfeld. Why?

Deddeh Howard is a stunning black woman who takes captivating photographs. But over and over again she's been told by modeling agencies that "they already have someone who looks like her." Really? One model to represent everyone with darker skin? Ugh.

Howard is taking a stand by recreating some famous fashion shoots, and the results are utterly gorgeous. She and photographer Raffael Dickreuter started by looking for brands who rarely (if ever) feature models of color. Chanel, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, all look beautiful with Howard at the helm. Here are a few:


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on


A photo posted by Deddeh Howard (@secretofdd) on

Howard and the Black Mirror campaign were recently featured by the BBC, take a look:


You can see all the photos from the Black Mirror project on Howard's website, http://secretofdd.com.

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