America’s Next Top Model has plus-size model Ashley Graham as a judge and the glittering show offers a fine example of racial, ethnic and gender diversity too, among its aspiring models. The ANTM model contestants are like a mini United Nations, breathtakingly beautiful and a genuine mosaic. But actress Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) still sees a major oversight as far as inclusiveness goes. As Brooks wrote on Instagram about the ANTM reboot: “You had an Asian, African, a redhead, transgender, an androgynous sister, even twins… (much love for that) but not 1 plus size woman.”
Seems of all the 28 models on the set, only judge Ashley Graham would require anything bigger than a size 6 or 8 according to Brooks. Brooks almost regretted making the point, since she was like many impressed with the other aspects of diversity on display. She wrote: “This is not a bashing of any sort but an observation.” But Brooks would be remiss if she didn’t point out the problem by the numbers: “67% of women are plus in the US,” she writes. 12,000 people liked her post.
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[This is not a bashing of any sort but an observation that wouldn’t allow me to hold my ? ] As a plus woman being seen only 1% of the time is a real thing. Period. After watching #ANTM last night I was super excited to see my girl Ashley Graham but bummed out not to see any plus contestants. A curvy judge but no curvy contestants? ? Out of all 28 girls not one was plus. You had an Asian, African, a red head, transgender, an androgynous sister, even twins…(much love for that) but not 1 plus size woman-when 67% of women are plus in the US?? This could’ve been a perfect opportunity for them to highlight fabulous designers that also do plus fashion or highlight strictly plus designers that rarely get any shine. They could’ve also highlighted the struggles that come with being plus. We could’ve at least gotten to 2%. The plus competitor would’ve been able to lean on the fact that a reflection of herself (Ashley Graham) was in the room reminding her that her dream IS possible. All these things still would’ve moved us forward, and would’ve done more than me posting an IG post. Regardless, We are worth these incredible opportunities. We deserve to be seen. I’m going to continue to push back and speak up for that young girl that wants to model, wants to act, wants to be upfront and needs to be reminded that she is just as deserving as anyone else. ✌?️? #seethe67 #voiceofthecurves