Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Catwalk colour quota eclipses Brazil's bikinis

The controversy over representation of black models on catwalks all over the world continues, this time in Brazil!

SAO PAULO: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Madonna's "toyboy" Jesus Luz have opened Latin America's top fashion show, but the focus is more on race than the racy summerwear and celebrities.

The Sao Paulo Fashion Week has imposed quotas requiring at least 10 per cent of the models be black or indigenous. The measure was brought in after intense pressure from anti-racism groups and Brazilian prosecutors who blasted the SPFW's bias to white models.

Previously, only a handful of black models were among the 350 on the catwalk - usually less than 3 per cent in a country where nearly 50 per cent of the population is of African descent.

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