Black Models @ Miami Swim Week Tell ‘Racist’ : ‘There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Brown Skin’

Miami Swim Week has been praised for its inclusivity, with the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show including a Paralympic athlete and breastfeeding mom in its diverse cast, one model claims she and other black models were turned away from a casting call due to their race and, in some cases, Afro hairstyles.

Check out their Instagram posts below.

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Racked reports, model Joia Talbott and fellow model Ka-Cey posted a video about their experience, saying that they and nearly a dozen black models were dismissed from a casting because they didn’t want any more black models, and that Afros were a no-no.

“They [were] definitely not feeling my Afro at all, so I didn’t stand a chance, right?” Talbott continued. “Wow. We’re ready to go back to L.A. where we’re appreciated, and we book.”

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